United Nations experts on Wednesday called for an immediate investigation by the United States and others into information suggesting Amazon founder Jeff Bezos’s phone was hacked after receiving a file sent from Saudi Arabia Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman’s WhatsApp account.
“The alleged hacking of Mr Bezos’s phone, and those of others, demands immediate investigation by US and other relevant authorities,” UN Special Rapporteurs Agnes Callamard and David Kaye said in a statement in Geneva, Switzerland.
At a time when Saudi Arabia was supposedly investigating the killing of Saudi critic and Washington Post columnist Jamal Khashoggi and prosecuting those it deemed responsible, “it was clandestinely waging a massive online campaign against Mr Bezos and Amazon targeting him principally as the owner of The Washington Post”, the experts said in the statement. Bezos purchased The Washington Post in 2013.
Al Jazeera’s Nicola Gage reports.
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