The circumstances surrounding the washington post owner’s phone hacking and Amazon owner Jeff Bezos are at the heart of the investigation into The Killing of Jamal Khashoggi, said U.N. Rapporteur on extrajudicial killings, Agnes Kalamard.
The un-mandated rapporteur added that the hacking took place at a time when Khashoggi was writing articles critical of the Saudi authorities, considering that spying on Bezos and Saudi dissidents is contrary to international law.
“The circumstances surrounding the Bezos phone hacking are at the heart of the investigation into Khashoggi‘s death, and the hacking of Bezos‘ phone may be in order to stop The Washington Post’s reports against Saudi Arabia,” she said.
For its part, the Newspaper “Wall Street Journal”, thursday, the knowledge of officials close to Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman plans to hack bezos phone, confirmed that the U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) is investigating the incident.
The newspaper quoted unnamed officials as saying that those close to Bin Salman were aware of a plan to hack only Bezos‘ phone, without knowing of any attempts to use this information (resulting from the hack) for extortion.
Among the officials who knew of the plan was saudi Crown Prince Saud al-Qahtani, who she said was also involved in the hack.
She said the hack was part of a campaign of threats and intimidation in connection with the work of journalist Khashoggi, who was killed and his body dismembered inside the Saudi consulate in Istanbul last year, with The Washington Post.
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The British newspaper The Guardian, which revealed the details of the incident, said the hack occurred five months before khashoggi‘s murder, which took place at his country’s consulate in Istanbul on October 2, 2018.
It all started in April 2018 when Bezos attended a dinner with the Crown Prince and exchanged numbers, after which, specifically in May of the same year, Bezos received an encrypted video file sent from the Saudi crown prince’s personal WhatsApp account, followed by the start of massive data leaks from Bezos‘ phone.
Bezos said he received WhatsApp messages from Mohammed bin Salman containing private and confidential information about his personal life, according to media reports between November 2018 and February 2019, the period following Khashoggi‘s death.