Saudis accessed Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos’ phone and gained private data, security chief says

Saudi Arabia accessed Jeff Bezos’ phone and obtained private data belonging to the Amazon CEO, security specialist Gavin de Becker said in an article posted on The Daily Beast Saturday.

Bezos had tasked de Becker with investigating how National Enquirer publisher AMI obtained intimate photos that the Amazon CEO had sent to his mistress, former TV anchor Laura Sanchez.

In a shocking post in February, Bezos alleged that AMI blackmailed him by threatening to publish the intimate photos if he did not publicly state that the tabloid’s coverage of him was not politically motivated.

De Becker said his investigation had concluded “with high confidence that the Saudis had access to Bezo’s phone and gained private information.”

Bezos is also the owner of The Washington Post, which has run critical coverage of the Trump administration and the Saudi government. In October, Post columnist Jamal Khashoggi was murdered in a Saudi diplomatic facility in Istanbul, sparking international outrage against Riyadh.

“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 said.

De Becker went on to say that it is unclear if AMI was aware of the details, but pointed to what he called a close relationship between AMI chairman David Pecker and the Saudi government.

Saudi has previously denied having anything to do with the National Enquirer’s coverage of Bezos.

Read the full article in The Daily Beast

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