Jeff Bezos’ security advisor has accused the Saudi government of hacking his phone and leaking details of an affair to the National Enquirer in an effort to “harm” him.
Gavin de Becker, who has acted as Bezos’ security specialist for over 20 years, has published the findings of an incendiary investigation into who was behind the leaking of text messages between the Amazon chief executive and Lauren Sanchez, the former television anchor with which he was having an affair.
In January, Bezos accused the US tabloid newspaper the National Enquirer of attempting to blackmail him, threatening to publish text messages between himself and Sanchez if he didn’t publicly state that the paper’s reporting on him was not politically motivated.
Following an in-depth investigation into the leaked messages, De Becker published an article in The Daily Beast accusing the Saudi government of being “very intent on harming Jeff Bezos since last October, when the (Washington) Post began its relentless coverage of Khashoggi’s murder.”
He goes on to allege that the Saudis sought to take down Bezos because Jamal Khashoggi, the Saudi dissident who was murdered by unknown assailants suspected to have been acting on behalf of the Saudi government, was a columnist in the Washington Post, which Bezos owns.
“Our investigators and several experts concluded with high confidence that the Saudis had access to Bezos’ phone, and gained private information. As of today, it is unclear to what degree, if any, AMI (the parent company of the National Enquirer) was aware of the details,” De Becker’s article read.
AMI has denied De Becker’s accusations stating: “Despite the false and unsubstantiated claims of Mr De Becker, American Media has, and continues to, refute the unsubstantiated claims that the materials for our report were acquired with the help of anyone other than the single source who first brought them to us … there was no involvement by any other third party whatsoever.”
“The fact of the matter is, it was (Lauren Sanchez’s brother) Michael Sanchez who tipped the National Enquirer off to the affair on 10 September 2018, and over the course of four months provided all of the materials for our investigation.
“His continued efforts to discuss and falsely represent our reporting, and his role in it, has waived any source confidentiality.”