Several attempts of concealing Saudi Arabia’s role in the hack of Amazon owner were cast aside on Saturday, when security consultant of Jeff Bezos recently concluded his investigation into the matter. In an opinion article on The Daily Beast, Gavin de Becker accused the Saudi government of endeavoring to tarnish Bezos’ hard-earned reputation by obtaining illicit accessibility to his phone.
The issue came into existence in January, after the American Media Inc. Tabloid, National Enquirer lifted the veil from the clandestine life of Bezos, also the owner of The Washington Post. The tabloid exposed risqué text messages that were exchanged between Jeff Bezos and Lauren Sanchez, after the world’s richest man announced of ending his 25-years-old marriage with MacKenzie Bezos.
The event scarred the global stature of Bezos to an extent that he hired and assigned investigators to examine who leaked his covert information. Following that, he accused that the supermarket tabloid tried to coerce him. In a medium blog, he highlighted that the owner David Pecker threatened using “more of my text messages and photos” that they acquired, and asked him to “stop our investigation”.
The rapid series of events gusted into Bezos’ unruffled life creating an unexpected ruckus. However, a perplexing question remained unanswered from last three months: Who wanted to hurt Jeff Bezos?
Speculations around the question have been on a treadmill since the beginning. The Amazon owner had earlier alleged that the turmoil in his life is created by the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. The allegations were made, citing Saudi’s supposed aggression against the Washington Post owner and the relations with the Enquirer. Besides, it was also conjectured that Lauren Sanchez’s brother, Michael Sanchez provided the intimate texts of the couple.
Earlier last month, it was reported that every detail that the tabloid received were provided by a single source. Days after, The Wall Street Journal reported that Michael Sanchez received $200,000 from AMI for doling out the private texts.
However, Bezos’ security chief recently disclosed the key findings of his probe alleging Saudi Arabia for intending to bruise Bezos because he is the owner of the Post. The allegations could have been considered false, if the assassination of Saudi dissent Jamal Khashoggi wouldn’t have taken place last year.
In October 2018, the Washington Post journalist was brutally killed and dismembered in a Saudi consulate of Istanbul, after which the newspaper aggressively reported about the incident and the Kingdom’s role. The United States official have also concluded that the killing was conducted on orders of the Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman. The incident had resulted in the deteriorating relations between Saudi and Bezos, who has mostly remained silent of the barbarous act.
On the other hand, AMI issued a statement and denied “the false and unsubstantiated claims” made by Jeff Bezos’ security chief.
De Becker on Saturday stated that the attempts against Bezos went beyond Michael Sanchez, and also involve the Saudi government. “Our investigators and several experts concluded with high confidence that the Saudis had access to Bezos’ phone, and gained private information,” he wrote.
The Security chief highlighted that his investigation included interviews with cybersecurity experts and “people who personally know the Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman.”
Referring to an exclusive media report, which revealed that the Enquirer saw the text exchanges between the couple before Michael Sanchez came in contact with the tabloid, de Becker wrote, “Reality is complicated, and can’t always be boiled down to a simple narrative like ‘the brother did it’.”
De Becker also informed that AMI wanted him to make a public statement declaring “that my investigation had concluded they hadn’t relied upon ‘any form of electronic eavesdropping or hacking in their news-gathering process’,” and that the Enquirer’s story was not “instigated, dictated or influenced in any manner by external forces, political or otherwise.”
De Becker said that in a recorded call he told AMI that the claims were “not my truth”.
As of now, his findings about Saudi Arabia’s role in the Jeff Bezos hack have been turned over to law enforcement. Although the claims have not been verified yet, Saudi’s apparent resistance towards dissidents forces us to believe that they are true.
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