A Montreal-based Saudi activist is suing NSO Group for allegedly hacking his and Jamal Khashoggi’s communication via WhatsApp at the behest of the regime.
NSO Group Technologies is an Israeli cyber intelligence firm founded in 2010 and based in Herzliya close to Tel Aviv.
Omar Abdulaziz, a close associate of slain journalist Jamal Khashoggi and fellow Saudi exile, is suing the Israeli company on the grounds that it intercepted their conversations leading up to Khashoggi’s murder at the direction of the Saudi regime.
The pair were planning to launch an online campaign in opposition to the human rights abuses committed by the regime and its crown prince, Mohammed bin Salman, or MBS.
“Arrests are unjustified and do not serve him (logic says), but tyranny has no logic, but he loves force, oppression and needs to show them off. He is like a beast ‘pac man’ the more victims he eats, the more he wants.” — Khashoggi
Abdulaziz and Khashoggi reportedly exchanged some 400 messages on the popular messaging app.
Similarly, the CIA has reportedly obtained evidence suggesting that MBS sent 11 messages to his close advisor, Saud Al-Qahtani, at about the same time as Khashoggi’s murder.
It is strongly believed that al-Qahtani orchestrated the murder in the Saudi consulate in Istanbul at MBS’s request.
Last week, the Senate made history on a procedural vote to push for discussion on the U.S. tactical and fincancial support for the Saudi-led war in Yemen which has killed tens of thousands of people and pushed millions more to the brink of starvation.
CIA Director Gina Haspel, who was able to listen to audio recordings of Khashoggi’s death, was not permitted to debrief the Senate prior to the vote.
Iron Triangle Press continues to follow Khashoggi’s story as well as the ongoing humanitarian crisis in Yemen.