Two influential “special rapporteurs” with the intergovernmental organization said they were “gravely concerned” at the apparent surveillance of the world’s richest man by one of its most conspicuous dictators. A Saudi government official called the allegations “silly.” (The Guardian)
Talking point: The alleged hacking began in May 2018, when Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman reportedly sent Bezos a picture via WhatsApp of what the rapporteurs called “a woman resembling the woman with whom Bezos is having an affair, months before the Bezos affair was known publicly.” What followed, according to a forensic analysis, was a massive migration of data from Bezos’s iPhone. Bezos was later the subject of a January 2019 National Inquirer exposé detailing his affair with former broadcaster Lauren Sanchez—though American Media, which owns the tabloid, said it harvested the dirt from Sanchez’s brother. In an apparent response Wednesday, the Amazon entrepreneur tweeted a picture of himself at a memorial for journalist Jamal Khashoggi, a columnist at the Bezos-owned Washington Post who was murdered in 2018, allegedly at MBS’s behest.