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Sunday, February 10, 2019

Saudi Arabia had "absolutely nothing to do" with the National Enquirer's reporting on an extramarital relationship involving Amazon.com Inc Chief Executive Jeff Bezos, the kingdom's minister of state for foreign affairs said.

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May be nothing, could be something. Only time will tell.

Back in June of 2017, the Huffington Post revealed that Michael Flynn helped facilitate the sale of cellphone spyware to a handful of corrupt governments who wanted to eavesdrop on their own political dissidents. One of the nations on that list is – you guessed it – Saudi Arabia. Six months after this report, Flynn cut a cooperating plea deal and promised to tell Robert Mueller everything he knew about every criminal scheme he's ever participated in. Mueller recently confirmed in court filings that Flynn was indeed 100% cooperative.

If the government of Saudi Arabia did indeed purchase spyware designed to take over cellphones, with the intent of using it to target political enemies, it would give them motive and opportunity to get into Jeff Bezos' phone. If Michael Flynn was indeed in on this scheme, then he's already told Robert Mueller all about it. And we know that Mueller shares everything relevant with SDNY.

#1 | Posted by tonyroma at 2019-02-10 10:16 AM | Reply

Saudi Arabia strongly denies that it spied on its political enemy. It was probably a 400 lb hacker.
- Traitor in chief

#2 | Posted by bored at 2019-02-10 10:48 AM | Reply

Tony:

Some theorize it was Israel who sold SA the spyware:

Report: Israel approved sale of spy software to Saudi Arabia

Washington Post reports that Jewish State gave Israeli cyber company NSO go ahead to sell advanced monitoring software to Saudi Arabia.

Washington Post security analyst David Ignatius reports that Israel approved the sale of the Pegasus spy software by the Israeli cyber-spy company NSO to Saud Arabia.

The program was allegedly used by the Saudis to intercept calls and messages from the cell phone belonging to murdered Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi.

www.israelnationalnews.com

Israeli Software Helped Saudis Spy on Khashoggi, Lawsuit Says

www.timesofisrael.com

#3 | Posted by Gal_Tuesday at 2019-02-10 12:04 PM | Reply

Some other interesting background reading regarding Pegasus, the spyware program Israel sold to SA:

Inside the Spy Scandal at the Heart of Jeff Bezos' War With the National Enquirer

The Amazon CEO is more than hinting that Riyadh is mixed up in AMI activities in a nefarious way, something which ------ is desperate to obscure. If Saudi intelligence possesses the ability to intercept text messages inside the United States, that may be the key to this mystery. Here the Kingdom's close security relationship with Israel perhaps provides a clue. Israeli security firms sell cutting-edge espionage software and interception gear to countries all over the world, Saudi Arabia included.

In 2017, the Israeli firm NSO Group sold Riyadh a $55 million spy program termed Pegasus which hacks smartphones to obtain their contents. This capability was desired by Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman to spy on his enemies abroad -- including, it seems, the doomed Jamal Khashoggi. Since somebody appears to have hacked Jeff Bezos' smartphone and passed its salacious contents to The National Enquirer, the Saudi angle is one which investigators are pursuing with vigor right now. If foreign intelligence services are collaborating with gossip merchants to smear private citizens and silence critics, that's an alarming development which one expert recently termed super-doxxing, and it's something which all Americans should be concerned about.

observer.com

#4 | Posted by Gal_Tuesday at 2019-02-10 12:08 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 2

Insiders' takes on Bezos' claim:

Juliette Kayyem @juliettekayyem

A few notes on Bezos' security apparatus. The guys I knew at FBI and Secret Service often ended up in VIP Protection, a lucrative post-government position where salaries can be in the high 6 digits. It's a serious job, especially to protect the richest of the rich. 1/

A few have reached out since Bezos memo with some interesting thoughts; all of them work in VIP world so won't go public but all are expert

twitter.com

#5 | Posted by Gal_Tuesday at 2019-02-10 12:11 PM | Reply

"I believe the Saudis" -- trump cultists

#6 | Posted by IndianaJones at 2019-02-10 12:41 PM | Reply

This probably wasnt the result of bulk collection (as in intercepting communications on the move), because it seems more like he was targeted for exploitation to peer into his phone contents. It could have been a delicate interactive procedure to exploit his phone, or as simple as phishing for his iCloud password and logging into the website to see what's in storage, like what happened to those celebrities a few years ago.

#7 | Posted by GOnoles92 at 2019-02-10 12:48 PM | Reply

POSTED BY GAL_TUESDAY

She made a good point about the girlfriend's phone. That would likely be a much easier target to mess with. Especially if it is an android derivative OS phone.

#8 | Posted by GOnoles92 at 2019-02-10 12:52 PM | Reply

#7 | POSTED BY GONOLES92

Except he probably stores everything on AWS servers, not iCloud 😉

#9 | Posted by IndianaJones at 2019-02-10 12:57 PM | Reply

Except he probably stores everything on AWS servers, not iCloud 😉 #9 | POSTED BY INDIANAJONES

Haha, nothings better than some home cookin'. I'm beginning to think that it likely wasn't his fault - he has a security team and all types of consultants because it is obvious he would be a target for exploitation of some type. The twitter link by Gal made a good point about the GF being a possible means to get these images, and it makes a ton of sense.

#10 | Posted by GOnoles92 at 2019-02-10 01:01 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

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Rumor here in LA is that it might have been the husband of Lauren Sanchez's brother Michael, who are friends with Roger Stone, Log Cabin Republicans and staunch Trump supporters, which is odd for a talent agent and his husband.

#11 | Posted by Rightocenter at 2019-02-10 01:02 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

#11 | POSTED BY RIGHTOCENTER

I heard that. Fits Occam's Razor, but so does trump/mbs/pecker pettiness.

It could go either way.

#12 | Posted by IndianaJones at 2019-02-10 01:09 PM | Reply

The other rumor here is that Lauren snapped those photos to "friends", one of whom screenshotted them and then gave them to AMI, which I think is much more likely than her brother, who I understand is her best friend.

#13 | Posted by Rightocenter at 2019-02-10 01:15 PM | Reply

Rumor here in LA is that it might have been the husband of Lauren Sanchez's brother Michael, who are friends with Roger Stone, Log Cabin Republicans and staunch Trump supporters, which is odd for a talent agent and his husband.

The other rumor here is that Lauren snapped those photos to "friends", one of whom screenshotted them and then gave them to AMI, which I think is much more likely than her brother, who I understand is her best friend.

Unless Lauren was always in on the plan and hooked up with Bezos for just this purpose of quite literally exposing him.

#14 | Posted by Gal_Tuesday at 2019-02-10 01:55 PM | Reply

"She made a good point about the girlfriend's phone. That would likely be a much easier target to mess with. Especially if it is an android derivative OS phone."

Yeah, it would be like Khashoggi's friend claiming the Saudi's hacked his phone (from the 2nd article I linked to in #3):

"Abdulaziz says NSO Group helped Saudi government hack his phone and uncover his conversations with the slain journalist"

#15 | Posted by Gal_Tuesday at 2019-02-10 02:06 PM | Reply

Unless Lauren was always in on the plan and hooked up with Bezos for just this purpose of quite literally exposing him.

I seriously doubt that, Lauren Sanchez has been long known on the West Side of LA as the Queen of the Gold Diggers, a weather girl who first gets knocked up by Tony Gonzalez (who refused to marry her), then latching onto Patrick Whitesell and having two kids with him and then finally reaching the pinnacle of gold digging by breaking up the marriage of the richest man in the world. Don't forget, here in CA once you have a kid with someone you get support "in the lifestyle to which the kids are accustomed" until they are 18, which is separate and apart from any alimony. My guess is that Whitesell got Sanchez to sign a pre-nup, but regardless, Lauren and her kids will be just fine even if Bezos wises up and dumps her.

Quite the "accomplishment."

#16 | Posted by Rightocenter at 2019-02-10 03:26 PM | Reply

Jeff should have just rented and used hotties like I use his cloud services, spin them up and down by the hour.
On prem is too risky.

#17 | Posted by bored at 2019-02-10 04:09 PM | Reply

Mistress' Brother Leaked Bezos' Racy Texts to Enquirer, Sources Say

Multiples sources tell The Daily Beast that Michael Sanchez, a Trumpworld associate and brother to Bezos' lover, gave the couple's texts to The National Enquirer.

The brother of Jeff Bezos' mistress, Lauren Sanchez, supplied the couple's racy texts to the National Enquirer, multiple sources inside AMI, the tabloid's parent company, told The Daily Beast.

www.thedailybeast.com

#18 | Posted by Gal_Tuesday at 2019-02-10 09:10 PM | Reply

Oh, but here's the punchline:

Documents reviewed by The Daily Beast show that Michael Sanchez believed the Enquirer pursued its story about Bezos with "President Trump's knowledge and appreciation" -- a chase encouraged, in Sanchez's estimation, by Republican operatives "who THINK Jeff gets up every morning and has a WaPo meeting to plot its next diabolical attack on President Trump."

#19 | Posted by Gal_Tuesday at 2019-02-10 09:20 PM | Reply

There is still a disconnect in that, by all accounts, Mike and Lauren are close.

#20 | Posted by Rightocenter at 2019-02-10 09:21 PM | Reply

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