The response of the Saudi Energy Minister came after Joel Hills, a journalist for the British “ITVNews” network, tried to obtain a comment from him about the validity of what was published by the Guardian newspaper about a penetration of the Bezos phone, on the sidelines of his attendance at the Davos economic conference.
Prince Abdulaziz bin Salman responded, saying, “I am the Minister of Energy,” in an indication that he is not concerned with this question.
Then, the British journalist asked: Why is Saudi Arabia hacking Jeff Bezos’ phone? And the Saudi Energy Minister said: “I think you are asking the wrong question in the wrong place. All you are trying to do now is distract attention.”
When the British journalist tried to ask his question another way, “Is Jeff Bezos a legitimate target?”, Prince Abdulaziz bin Salman replied: “I think that is a satire, and a joke.”
Journalist Joel Hills stuck to his question, saying: “Does that seem ironic? People are worried about cyber attacks.” The Saudi Energy Minister boycotted him: “You are stupid.” He told him he did not want to answer his questions.
In a related context, he called on the United Nations experts to investigate the allegations of the involvement of the Saudi crown prince in the penetration of the phone, Jeff Bezos.
At dawn on Wednesday, Saudi Arabia responded to reports published by media outlets, such as the British Guardian newspaper and the American Financial Times, that referred to the “involvement” of the Kingdom’s Crown Prince, Prince Mohammed bin Salman, with a “direct image” of the billionaire phone pirate, Jeff Bezos, the businessman And the founder of Amazon.
The response came in a statement to the Saudi embassy in Washington, in which it said: “The recent media reports suggesting that the kingdom stands behind the ridiculous phone hacking of Mr. Jeff Bezos, we call to investigate these allegations so that we can all obtain the facts.”
The Financial Times had said in its report published at dawn on Wednesday: “Investigators appointed by Jeff Bezos have concluded with a degree of ‘medium to strong’ confidence that the WhatsApp account used by the Saudi Crown Prince, Mohammed bin Salman, was directly involved in the hacking of the Amazon founder’s phone.” Year 2018 “.