On Thursday, Jeff Bezos posted a photo of him attending a vigil of 2019 commemorating the one-year anniversary of the murder of Jamal Khashoggi. (Photo Credit: File Photo)
Jeff Bezos, the billionaire at the centre of latest ‘Saudi-sponsored’ phone hacking scandal, has finally broken his silence. The Amazon boss took to Twitter to post a cryptic message that will set the tone for the faceoff between one of world’s richest men and a powerful prince. On Thursday, Bezos posted a photo of him attending a vigil of 2019 commemorating the one-year anniversary of the murder of Jamal Khashoggi. The columnist with the Bezos-owned ‘The Washington Post’ was brutally murdered in October 2018. Known for his staunch line against the Saudi Royals, many believe that Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman is responsible for Khashoggi’s murder. With ‘Jamal’ tweet, Bezos has upped his ante against the Saudi royals as latest reports suggest that the Saudi Crown Prince was responsible for hacking phone of Amazon boss via a malware.
A sensational Guardian report recently said that Crown Prince MBS allegedly sent an encrypted file to Jeff Bezos on May 1st, 2018. The report added that it was this malware that allowed MBS to hack Bezos phone. The hacking was done months before Khashoggi’s murder in October. The report also linked the hacking to Bezos’ affair. The report comes a year after Jeff Bezos and his wife MacKenzie announced that they would divorce after 25 years of marriage. Based on intimate text messages, the National Enquirer subsequently disclosed an extramarital affair between Bezos and Lauren Sanchez, a former television anchor.
However, clearing the air on this Bezos published a blog post accusing the tabloid of threatening to publish more embarrassing text messages and pictures unless he publicly affirmed that there was no outside force behind the tabloid's coverage.
Bezos’s security consultant Gavin de Becker later said, he believed the Saudi Arabian government had accessed Bezos's phone before the massive expose.
Bezos also accused the publisher of the National Enquirer of “blackmail” after it threatened to publish intimate photographs sent by the billionaire to his mistress if he did not cease an investigation into the newspaper’s alleged links with Saudi Arabia.
However, Saudi Arabia has rejected the allegations. “Recent media reports that suggest the Kingdom is behind a hacking of Mr. Jeff Bezos' phone are absurd. We call for an investigation on these claims so that we can have all the facts out,” Saudi Embassy USA said in a tweet.
According to a Bloomberg report, the United Nations will be releasing an investigation report on the hacking of Jeff Bezos's phone and also confirm whether the Crown Prince was involved in this.