WASHINGTON – The safety chief for Amazon chief govt Jeff Bezos mentioned on Saturday that the Saudi authorities had entry to Bezos’ telephone and gained non-public info from it.
Gavin De Becker, a longtime safety marketing consultant, mentioned he had concluded his investigation into the publication in January of leaked textual content messages between Bezos and Lauren Sanchez, a former tv anchor who the Nationwide Enquirer tabloid newspaper mentioned Bezos was relationship.
Final month, Bezos accused the newspaper’s proprietor of attempting to blackmail him with the specter of publishing “intimate images” he allegedly despatched to Sanchez except he mentioned in public that the tabloid’s reporting on him was not politically motivated.
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In an article for The Day by day Beast web site, De Becker mentioned the dad or mum firm of the Nationwide Enquirer, American Media Inc., had privately demanded that De Becker deny discovering any proof of “digital eavesdropping or hacking of their newsgathering course of.”
“Our investigators and a number of other specialists concluded with excessive confidence that the Saudis had entry to Bezos’ telephone, and gained non-public info,” De Becker wrote. “As of immediately, it’s unclear to what diploma, if any, AMI was conscious of the small print.”
A spokesman for the Saudi embassy in Washington didn’t instantly return a request for remark. In February, the dominion’s minister of state for international affairs mentioned Saudi Arabia had “completely nothing to do” with the Nationwide Enquirer’s reporting on the affair.
A consultant for AMI didn’t instantly reply to a request for remark. AMI has beforehand mentioned that it acted lawfully within the reporting of the Bezos story.
De Becker mentioned he has turned over the findings of his investigation to U.S. federal officers, with out elaborating.
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