In an article that was posted on The Daily Beast today, Gavin de Becker, a security specialist, said that Saudi Arabia was able to gain access to the phone of Jeff Bezos, the founder and Chief Operating Officer of Amazon. It was able to obtain private data that belongs to the Bezos.
The Amazon chief had tasked de Becker with leading the investigation on how AMI, the National Enquirer publisher, was able to obtain the intimate photos that the Amazon CEO had sent to Lauren Sanchez, his mistress who is a former TV anchor.
In a shocking post that was revealed last February, Bezos claimed that AMI was blackmailing him by threatening to publish the intimate photos if he did not publicly declare that the tabloid’s coverage of him was not politically motivated. AMI has since maintained that it acted lawfully in its reporting regarding Bezos.
De Becker said that his inquiry had concluded “with high confidence that the Saudis had access to Bezos’ phone and gained private information.”
Bezos is now also the owner of The Washington Post, which has run some critical coverage of the administration of US President Donal Trump and the government of Saudi Arabia. Last October, Jamal Khashoggi, a Post journalist, was murdered in a Saudi consulate in Istanbul, provoking international outrage against Riyadh.
de Becker stated: “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.”
De Becker went on to disclose that it is not clear if AMI was aware of the details, however, he pointed to what he called a close relationship between the Saudi government and David Pecker, the chairman of the AMI.
Previously, Saudi has denied having anything to do with the coverage of the National Enquirer of Bezos.
In an interview with the CBS’ “Face the Nation” last February, Saudi Arabia’s minister of state for foreign affairs, Adel al-Jubeir, stated: “This is something between the two parties, we have nothing to do with it.”
De Becker said the results of his probe have been turned over to federal officials.