Jeff Bezos tweeted a photo on Wednesday commemorating the slain Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi — a tweet that marks his first public statement since it was first reported that Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman appeared to be responsible for hacking the Amazon CEO’s phone.
The photo shared on Twitter shows Bezos attending a vigil in 2019 commemorating the one-year anniversary of the death of Khashoggi, a columnist for The Washington Post — the newspaper that Bezos owns — who often wrote articles highly critical of the Saudi government.
Khashoggi’s death in October 2018 has been linked to the Saudi government, and many believe that Crown Prince Mohammed was personally behind the killing.
— Jeff Bezos (@JeffBezos) January 22, 2020
Bezos has laid low on social media since The Guardian reported on Tuesday that Crown Prince Mohammed was responsible for hacking the Amazon CEO’s phone by sending him a video file containing malware over WhatsApp in 2018. The United Nations has since called for an “immediate investigation” into the crown prince’s role in the hack.
This week’s revelations shed further light on accusations first leveled by Bezos himself in 2019 that the Saudi government was involved in a longstanding campaign against the Amazon CEO and The Washington Post.