Things that should frighten you
1.In China, the government is using data to control the country’s population.
2.The recent coverage of Cambridge Analytica and Facebook shows just how much corporations in the West know about us without us knowing.
3.Quantum computing will soon be able to break modern encryption, laying open everything we so far thought was private and safe, and more powerful computers will be able to search and map this data going back through digital time.
Now the question is how is all this linked with Jamal Kashoggi’s death?
Well for starters In summer 2018, Abdulaziz’s, Kashoggi’s very good friend- his cell phone was infected with a surveillance tool. This was first revealed on October 1st 2018 in a detailed forensic report by Citizen Lab,a University of Toronto project that investigates digital espionage against civil society. Citizen Lab concluded with a “high degree of confidence” that his cellphone was successfully targeted with NSO Group’s Pegasus Spyware and attributed this infection to an operator linked to “Saudi Arabia’s government and security services”.
The surveillance tool is designed to infect cell phones without being detected. Through their sophisticated spyware attack on Abdulaziz’s phone, the Saudi regime would have had a direct line into Khashoggi’s private thoughts, and access to hours of conversations between the two men.
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Abdulaziz recalled: “Jamal was very polite in public, but in private, he spoke more freely – he was very very critical of the crown prince.”
Jamal Ahmad Khashoggi جمال أحمد خاشقجي, was a Saudi Arabian dissident, author, columnist for The Washington Post, and a general manager and editor-in-chief of Al-Arab News Channel. A man who knew the worth of his speech. He was assassinated at the Saudi consulate in Istanbul on October 2nd 2018 by secret agents. Sounds more like a plot from a Mission Impossible movie well NO, this doesnt involve the good looking Ethen Hunt but does involve a cold blooded murder by very powerful people.
Khashoggi fled Saudi Arabia in June 2017 and went into self-imposed exile in the US. He became a frequent contributor to publications like the Washington Post’s global opinions section and continued to criticize the Saudi government from afar. He had been sharply critical of Saudi Arabia’s crown prince, Mohammad bin Salman, and the country’s king, Salman of Saudi Arabia.He also opposed the Saudi Arabian-led intervention in Yemen.
The exact cause of his death is unknown since his body has not been located or examined.Government officials of several countries, including Saudi Arabia, Turkey, the United Kingdom, France, and Germany, believe Khashoggi was murdered. Turkey in particular believes it was premeditated murder, and anonymous Saudi officials have admitted that agents affiliated with the Saudi government killed him.
The Saudi Royal family denied ordering or sanctioning the killing.
On 31 October, Istanbul’s chief prosecutor released a statement stating that Khashoggi had been strangled as soon as he entered the consulate building, and that his body was dismembered and disposed of.
On 15 November 2018, the Saudi prosecutor’s office said eleven Saudi nationals had been indicted and charged with murdering Khashoggi and that five of them could face the death penalty, since it had been determined they were directly involved in “ordering and executing the crime”.
Although Saudi officials continued to deny that the Saudi Royal Family was involved in, ordered, or sanctioned the killing,evidence has mounted that Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman was involved.
Turkish officials released an audio recording of Khashoggi’s killing that they alleged contained evidence that Khashoggi had been assassinated on the orders of Mohammed bin Salman.
Several days later, on 16 November, Central Intelligence Agency members who internally analyzed multiple sources of intelligence concluded that Mohammed bin Salman ordered Khashoggi’s assassination.
On 20 November, US President Donald Trump disputed the CIA assessment and stated that the investigation into Khashoggi’s death had to continue.
Muhammad Bin Salman has denied that he had ordered the killing of Jamal Khashoggi but said that he bears all responsibility because it happened under his watch.
On 3 January, 11 individuals were put on trial at the Criminal Court of Riyadh in connection with the killing, and the public prosecutor asked for the death penalty for five of them.
However, the trial is taking place behind closed doors and the identities of the defendants have not been released.