BEIRUT, LEBANON (6:30 A.M.) – US whistleblower Edward Snowden accused an Israeli cybersecurity firm of developing and selling surveillance software to Saudi Arabia, enabling the murder of dissident journalist Jamal Khashoggi, at a conference in Tel Aviv on Wednesday.
Snowden, who was speaking at the conference via video-link from an undisclosed location in Russia, claimed that Israeli company NSO Group had sold Saudi Arabia software that was used to bug the phone of one of Khashoggi’s friends.
He said that the role the firm and their software played in Khashoggi’s murder is “one of the major stories that’s not being written about.”
“They are the worst of the worst in selling these burglary tools that are being actively, currently used to violate the human rights of dissidents, opposition figures, activists, to some pretty bad players,” Snowden told his audience.
Jamal Khashoggi was murdered when he entered the Saudi Arabian consulate in Istanbul in on 2 October 2018. The investigation into his death is still underway.
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