In a remarkable development, Reuters quoted a well-informed source as saying that two UN officials will present today a report stating that there is sufficient evidence that Saudi Arabia penetrated the phone of the founder of the Amazon company.
The news agency quoted the informed source as saying that the two officials of the United Nations will demand in the report that Britain and the United States conduct an investigation in this regard.
In this context, it was reported that the concerned officials intend to “issue a statement indicating their confirmation of the credibility of the forensic report, which the Bezos security team requested to conduct, and concluded that his phone may have been hacked through a video clip sent via the WhatsApp application from a personal account of the Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman”.
The informed source, who asked not to be named due to the sensitivity of the issue, continued, saying, “The report prepared by FTE Consulting concluded that huge amounts of data began to be transmitted from the Bezos phone about a month after receiving the video in mid-2018.”
He also stated that external experts consulted by the United Nations stated that “although the case is not a court, the evidence is strong enough to warrant a wider investigation.”
“Reuters” expected this report to cause “a further deterioration in relations between the richest man in the world and Saudi Arabia, which has worsened since the killing of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi, who was writing articles for the Washington Post” owned by Bezos.
The newspaper “The Guardian” was the first to publish a report on the alleged involvement of the Saudi crown prince in penetrating the phone of the Amazon founder, as it stated that the coded message sent from the number used by the crown prince, is believed to contain a file containing a virus that penetrated Bezos phone and extracted a lot of data.
The Saudi embassy in the United States denied the report, and stressed that everything said in this regard is futile.
It is noteworthy that the UN statement will be issued by “Anees Kalamar, the UN Special Rapporteur on Extrajudicial Execution, and David Kay, the UN Special Rapporteur on Freedom of Expression.”
The source said that Kalamar and Kai were “working on a comprehensive report they expected to present to the United Nations in June. They said in Twitter posts that they would issue a statement today, Wednesday, on the Guardian report,” while Amazon declined to comment on these developments.