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a security consultant working for Jeff bezels says the Saudi government somehow gained access to the Amazon bosses mobile phone the probe followed the publication by the national Enquirer tabloid of details of better services extramarital affair including intimate texts and photos does a person who owns the Washington post has long alleged that Saudi Arabia may have played a role in the incident as revenge for the post's coverage of the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi at the Saudi consulate in Istanbul Saudi Arabia has always flatly denied any involvement in the dispute and Reuters cannot independently verify the claims made by Gavin de Becker who has known vessels for two decades this is the first time that an official connected the best of us has so bluntly stated that the Saudis played a direct role in cyber espionage against him it's not made clear how they would have gained access writing in the daily beast at the Becker says he cannot divulge specific evidence due to ongoing federal investigations he also says he's not sure what the national Enquirer's parent company AM on may have known of the details but the Becker also alleges I am I tried to force him in business to sign agreements denying the company played any role in quotes electronic eavesdropping or hacking in their news gathering process Jeff does those claims am I tried to blackmail him when he first went public with the incident in February I am I have said all of its reporting on Bessus was done legally Saudi embassy in Washington has not returned a request for comment