Translated from Dutch NOS TV today:
“Saudis hacked Bezos’ phone”
A security consultant of Jeff Bezos says Saudi Arabia hacked the phone of the owner of The Washington Post and Amazon. The billionaire is said to have been targeted because of reports about the murder of Post columnist Jamal Khashoggi.
“I have been giving advice for forty years, but recently I have seen things that amaze me”, says Bezos‘ safety consultant Gavin de Becker. According to him, the American tabloid publisher AMI collaborated with the Saudis in a smear campaign against his boss.
AMI magazine National Enquirer revealed in January that adultery by Bezos was the reason for his divorce. The gossip magazine had knowledge of reports between Bezos and his mistress, TV presenter Lauren Sanchez.
Shortly thereafter, Bezos was surprised by allegations that AMI was blackmailing him with captured selfies. Bezos revealed e-mails threatening with the publication of intimate photos if he did not publicly deny that AMI had a political motive for the disclosure of adultery. Bezos announced an investigation into how his private messages had fallen into the hands of the magazine.
Recently it became clear that a brother of Sanchez had probably passed on apps. “But there is not always a simple answer like ‘the brother did it'”, says De Becker.
According to him, AMI wanted the brother to be seen as the only source. … He therefore concludes that Saudi Arabia has had access to Bezos’ telephone.
He does not reveal proof of this, because he has since handed over the case to the authorities. Although he will therefore no longer talk about the matter, he asserts that “we looked into it carefully”. What AMI knew about the Saudi involvement, he does not say.
According to De Becker, the Saudi campaign started last October, after the murder of journalist Khashoggi. Because of the extensive coverage by The Washington Post about that case, the Saudi regime is said to have wanted to oppose Bezos.
AMI and Saudi Arabia have not yet responded to the allegations. Previously, the country denied having anything to do with the Bezos case.