Israeli spyware company NSO Group placed on US blacklist

Decision against company at heart of Pegasus project reflects deep concern about impact of spyware on US national security interests NSO Group has been placed on a US blacklist by the Biden administration after it determined the Israeli spyware maker has acted “contrary to the foreign policy and national security interests of the US”. The finding byContinue reading “Israeli spyware company NSO Group placed on US blacklist”

MBS talked about using a ‘poison ring’ to kill the Saudi king in 2014 so his father could take the throne, exiled spy says

Mohammed bin Salman said in 2014 he could kill the then-king with a poison ring from Russia, a former spy said. Saad al-Jabri, a former Saudi spy chief who fled the country in 2017, made the claim about MBS. Al-Jabri told “60 Minutes” that MBS bragged he could do it so his father could takeContinue reading “MBS talked about using a ‘poison ring’ to kill the Saudi king in 2014 so his father could take the throne, exiled spy says”

Journalists, activists among 50,000 targets of Israeli spyware — reports

NSO Group’s Pegasus malware was abused by its government clients to spy on journalists, opposition politicians and rights activists, an investigation revealed. The targets also include presidents and prime ministers. An investigation by an international consortium of journalists published Sunday revealed that activists, journalists, politicians, and business executives from around the world were targeted by a military-gradeContinue reading “Journalists, activists among 50,000 targets of Israeli spyware — reports”

Israeli companies aided Saudi spying despite Jamal Khashoggi killing

After the murder of Khashoggi in 2018, one of the firms, NSO Group, canceled its contracts with Saudi Arabia amid accusations that its hacking tools were being misused to abet heinous crimes. Israel secretly authorized a group of cyber-surveillance firms to work for the government of Saudi Arabia despite international condemnation of the kingdom’s abuseContinue reading “Israeli companies aided Saudi spying despite Jamal Khashoggi killing”

Breaking: Saudi Operatives Who Killed Khashoggi Received Paramilitary Training in U.S.

The training, approved by the State Department, underscores the perils of military partnerships with repressive governments. Four Saudis who participated in the 2018 killing of the Washington Post journalist Jamal Khashoggi received paramilitary training in the United States the previous year under a contract approved by the State Department, according to documents and people familiarContinue reading “Breaking: Saudi Operatives Who Killed Khashoggi Received Paramilitary Training in U.S.”

Top Saudi official issued death threat against UN’s Khashoggi investigator

Senior official twice threatened to have Agnès Callamard ‘taken care of’ in meeting with UN colleagues in Geneva in January 2020 A senior Saudi official issued what was perceived to be a death threat against the independent United Nations investigator, Agnès Callamard, after her investigation into the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi. In an interview withContinue reading “Top Saudi official issued death threat against UN’s Khashoggi investigator”

US decision not to punish crown prince puts us in grave danger, Saudi exiles say

Dissidents decry lack of sanctions for Mohammed bin Salman over Khashoggi killing and warn of ‘permanent impunity’ for Saudi heir Exiled dissidents who have been warned about threats against them by Saudi Arabia said they have been put in greater danger by the Biden administration’s decision to forgo direct sanctions on Crown Prince Mohammed binContinue reading “US decision not to punish crown prince puts us in grave danger, Saudi exiles say”

Khashoggi’s fiancée says Saudi crown prince should be punished “without delay”

The fiancée of slain Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi called on Monday for Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman to be punished after a U.S. intelligence report found he had approved the killing. Khashoggi, a U.S. resident who wrote opinion columns for the Washington Post criticising Saudi policies, was killed and dismembered by a team linked toContinue reading “Khashoggi’s fiancée says Saudi crown prince should be punished “without delay””

U.S. says Saudi crown prince approved Khashoggi killing, imposes visa restrictions on 76 Saudis

Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman approved an operation to capture or kill journalist Jamal Khashoggi in 2018 in the Saudi consultate in Istanbul, a U.S. intelligence report says. The Office of the Director of National Intelligence cited bin Salman’s control of decision-making in Saudi Arabia. Secretary of State Anthony Blinken imposed visa restrictions onContinue reading “U.S. says Saudi crown prince approved Khashoggi killing, imposes visa restrictions on 76 Saudis”

Saudi heir complicit in Khashoggi murder, US assessment reportedly finds

Reuters reports that intelligence assessment of murder of journalist will find that Mohammed bin Salman was complicit Joe Biden is expected to call Saudi Arabia’s King Salman, as his administration prepares to release a declassified intelligence assessment that will reportedly name the royal’s son and heir as complicit in the grisly murder of Jamal Khashoggi. TheContinue reading “Saudi heir complicit in Khashoggi murder, US assessment reportedly finds”

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