Saudi Arabia nationals hacked the phone of Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos and were the source of private information that was published by The National Enquirer, according to longtime security consultant Gavin de Becker, who works for Bezos.
In an op-ed in The Daily Beast, de Becker said that he and other security experts probed how anyone could access Bezos’ private phone messages to his girlfriend, Lauren Sanchez, after some of them were published on The National Enquirer and became the subject of an extortion plot. American Media Inc., which publishes The National Enquirer, is led by David Pecker who has longstanding ties to President Trump.
“Our investigators and several experts concluded with high confidence that the Saudis had access to Bezos’ phone, and gained private information. As of today, it is unclear to what degree, if any, AMI was aware of the details,” de Becker wrote in the op-ed.
De Becker has worked as an adviser to the Los Angeles County District Attorney and the U.S. Department of Justice,
According to de Becker, Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, known as MBS, was not happy with The Washington Post’s coverage of the murder of Saudi dissident and journalist Jamal Khashoggi, whose brutal killing at the Saudi embassy in Turkey in October 2018 prompted international outrage and was linked to MBS by the CIA.
Bezos, the founder and CEO of Amazon, also owns the Post.
De Becker continued in his op-ed: “Some Americans will be surprised to learn that the Saudi government has been very intent on harming Jeff Bezos since last October, when The Post began its relentless coverage of Khashoggi’s murder.”
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