Category: <span>Saudi Arabia</span>

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Former Saudi Intelligence Official Says MBS Is Trying to Kill Him

Former Saudi Intelligence Official Says MBS Is Trying to Kill Him

Under President Trump and Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, the long-standing U.S.-Saudi relationship, lubricated by oil and weapons sales, has degenerated into a gangsterly alliance in which MBS feels free to intimidate his rivals and critics while Jared Kushner pursues business deals. Case in point: former Saudi intelligence chief Saad Aljabri. He was the head...

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Deputy Saudi Intelligence Chief Indicted for Khashoggi Assassination

Deputy Saudi Intelligence Chief Indicted for Khashoggi Assassination

Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman is a friend of the Trump White House and a business partner with Jared Kushner. He deploys the Saudi spy service, known as the General Intelligence Presidency (GIP) to suppress critics at home and, Turkish prosecutors say, to assassinate them abroad. Turkish officials have indicted 18 men in connection...

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‘Electronic Authoritarianism:’ How MBS Rose to Power in Saudi Arabia

‘Electronic Authoritarianism:’ How MBS Rose to Power in Saudi Arabia

A new biography of Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman (MBS), by Ben Hubbard, describes how he perfected “electronic authoritarianism.” From Fred Hiatt’s review in the The Washington Post the most fundamental change the headstrong crown prince has brought about, Hubbard shows, is to turn a “soft-gloved autocracy” that featured multiple centers of power, and...

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Sen. Murphy Asks Intelligence Agencies to Probe Bezos Phone Hack 

Sen. Murphy Asks Intelligence Agencies to Probe Bezos Phone Hack 

Last week’s story about the hacking of Jeff Bezo’s phone won’t go away.The U.N> is investigating and Sen. Chris Murphy (D-Conn.) wants the FBI and the Director of National Intelligence to investigate as well. From The Hill “The information we have received suggests the possible involvement of the Crown Prince in surveillance of Mr. Bezos,...

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Jeff Bezos’ Phone Was Hacked by Saudi Crown Prince, Say British Reports

The Guardian had the scoop first, based on anonymous sources. The FInancial Times confirmed the story citing cybersecurity experts hired by the Amazon mogul. These experts are said to have “medium to high confidence” that Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman (MBS) was involved, says FT. MBS has established a close relationship with President Trump and...

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