Was Bezos' phone hacked by Saudi crown prince?
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Was Bezos' phone hacked by Saudi crown prince?

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According to the Financial Times the hacks routes traced back to Bezos and Ben Solomon exchanging phone numbers in Los Angeles. Weeks later says Britain's The Guardian paper, Bezos and the Crown Prince were engaged in a seemingly friendly WhatsApp exchange when Ben Solomon sent an unsolicited malware in Affected file. It's unclear what information was then taken. Questions about who has access to the tech executives phone with first raised last year after the National Enquirer leaked photos and Intimate text messages between the then married Bezos and former TV anchor Lauren Sanchez, with whom he was having an affair. The inquirer said Sanchez's brother Michael was the original source of the information. But in a blog post a month after the scandal, Bezos, who also owns the Washington Post, suggested the photos leaked by The Inquirer were obtained illegally. Through its publishers connection to the Saudi government. In an op ed for The Daily Beast, Bezos is security consultant that's Gavin de Becker confirm the Saudi government had access to Bezos his phone and gain private information. He said the government was intent on harming Jeff Bezos Bezos since the Post began its relentless coverage of the murder of one of its columnists critical of the Saudi Kingdom. Jamal Khashoggi was killed at the Saudi consulate in Istanbul five months after the alleged hack. US officials tell CBS News that the murder was likely Ordered by the Crown Prince. CBS Evening News anchor and managing editor Norah O'Donnell spoke to him last September. Did you order the murder of Jamal Khashoggi get? [FOREIGN] Absolutely not. This was a heinous crime. But I take full responsibility as a leader in Saudi Arabia. Especially since it was committed by individuals working for the Saudi government. MBS's personal role and potentially compromising a Jeff Bezos, no I think raises additional questions about MBA BS defensive strategy murder that it was simply rogue actors within his state. Andrew Miller of the Washington based Think Tank project on Middle East democracy believes the Washington Post's aggressive reporting on Jamal Khashoggi is murder put a target on Bezos is back. That's the way things work in Saudi Arabia, that's the way things work in MBSs world, it was a clear attempt to blackmail Bezos into changing Washington Post coverage and relieving scrutiny on Mohammad [UNKNOWN] reckless actions. Now CBS News has learned the information being released by the UN will be part of a larger report published later this year on extrajudicial killings and freedom of expression. In the meantime, the news is likely to have a chilling effect not just on Silicon Valley, but on journalists critical of the Saudi kingdom. Errol Barnett, CBS News, New York.

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