An investigator for Amazon boss Jeff Bezos says that Saudi Arabia hacked Mr Bezos’s telephone and accessed his information.
Gavin de Becker was employed by Mr Bezos to learn how his non-public messages had been leaked to the Nationwide Enquirer tabloid.
Mr de Becker linked the hack to the Washington Publish’s protection of the homicide of Saudi author Jamal Khashoggi on the Saudi consulate in Istanbul.
Saudi Arabia has not but commented on the allegation.
Mr Bezos owns the Washington Publish.
Mr de Becker stated he had handed his findings over to US federal officers.
“Our investigators and several other consultants concluded with excessive confidence that the Saudis had entry to Bezos’ telephone, and gained non-public info,” he wrote on the Day by day Beast web site.
Mr de Becker’s findings come after Mr Bezos in February accused the Nationwide Enquirer’s mum or dad firm American Media Inc (AMI) of blackmail, saying it had threatened to publish his intimate pictures until he stated that the tabloid’s reporting was not politically motivated.
The Nationwide Enquirer had printed claims in January that the Amazon boss had been having an affair. The protection included pictures and textual content messages.
Mr de Becker stated that AMI had additionally demanded that he say his investigation had concluded that AMI had not relied upon “any type of digital eavesdropping or hacking of their newsgathering course of”.
He alleged that the Saudi authorities had focused the Washington Publish – for which Mr Khashoggi had been writing.
“Some People shall be stunned to study that the Saudi authorities has been very intent on harming Jeff Bezos since final October, when the Publish started its relentless protection of Khashoggi’s homicide,” Mr de Becker stated.
“It is clear that MBS considers the Washington Publish to be a serious enemy,” he added, referring to Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman.
US officers have stated that Mr Khashoggi’s homicide would have wanted Prince Mohammed’s approval, however Saudi Arabia has denied that he was concerned.
The Saudi embassy in Washington has not responded to a request for touch upon Mr de Becker’s allegation, Reuters reported.
In February, the Saudi minister of state for overseas affairs stated Saudi Arabia had “completely nothing to do” with the Nationwide Enquirer’s reporting on Mr Bezos’ affair.
AMI has not but commented on Mr de Becker’s allegations. The corporate has beforehand stated that it acted lawfully in its reporting of Mr Bezos’ private life.