Jeff Bezos’s Phone Hacked by Saudi Crown Prince

Joanna Estrada
January 22, 2020

New reporting on Amazon founder Jeff Bezos has the rather stunning claim that his phone was hacked after opening a message on WhatsApp sent from Saudi crown prince Mohammed bin Salman.

The Guardian reported on Tuesday that the Amazon billionaire received a message from Mohammed Bin Salman's personal phone number which contained a malicious file.

According to the report, Bezos and bin Salman were having a friendly discussion on Whatsapp when on May 1 bin Salman sent the Amazon CEO a video file.

The Washington Post, which is owned by Bezos, reported past year that the Central Intelligence Agency linked the crown prince to the 2018 murder of Post columnist Jamal Khashoggi. And just months after that, text messages and images Bezos sent to his mistress, former television anchor Lauren Sanchez, were published by the National Enquirer.

Bezos' own team begain investigating his phone last January after The National Enquirer published a story exposing his extramarital affair.

Bezos' attorney declined to comment, and Saudi Arabia has yet to comment on The Guardian's report.

De Becker noted that David Pecker, the AMI executive behind the Enquirer, and the crown prince have a friendly relationship.

Citing unnamed sources with knowledge of an global investigation into the hacking, The Guardian report reveals that Bezos' phone was infiltrated after opening a malicious video file sent from the crown prince's number on WhatsApp.

Investigators there are now considering a formal approach to Saudi Arabia to ask for an explanation, their unnamed sources say. "It is clear that the Saudis have no real boundaries or limits in terms of what they are prepared to do in order to protect and advance MBS, whether it is going after the head of one of the largest companies in the world or a dissident who is on their own".

Both Saudi Arabia and AMI have denied that the kingdom was involved in the publication of the Bezos story.

Before his death, Khashoggi had been critical of the Saudi Arabian government in his columns for The Post. However, the prince is suspected of involvement in the murder of Khashoggi, which occurred at the Saudi embassy in Turkey.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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