Updated: Apr 10, 2022
Journalist Jamal Khashoggi was assassinated at the Saudi consulate by Agents of the Saudi Government in Istanbul, Turkey on 2 October 2018. There are two important connections between Israel and Saudi Arabia which were linked in the newly released documentary, The Dissident. It is now available to watch on Amazon Prime.
The first connection is to the NSO Group and Pegasus:
On the show 11th Hour with Brian Williams, whistleblower and former National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden mentions Khashoggi’s murder and how his friends' phones were hacked in order to track him. At the 24:08 mark he states, "How did the government of Saudi Arabia manage to hack these people's phones, well they did not have this capability in their government, so they purchased it from a digital arms broker, a company called the NSO Group, an Israeli company." He continues, "This company - the only thing they do is manufacture digital weapons and they sell this capability for millions and millions of dollars to the worst governments on earth."
The spyware Edward Snowden was referring to is Pegasus. The Saudis also hacked Jeff Bezos' phone using the Israeli spyware. Bezos is the CEO of Amazon and The Washington Post where Khashoggi was working as a Journalist at the time. Following Khashoggi's murder, it was reported the Saudis were attempting to blackmail Bezos with an affair he had in order to control the narrative of the paper. Just as Snowden had said, this form of execution, blackmail and hacking would not be made possible if the digital arms broker NSO Group, an Israeli Company had not sold its capability to the Saudi Government.
The Spy in Your Phone by Al Jazeera provided background information on Pegasus. The Israelis claim this type of spyware is used to track and monitor terrorists. However, it is being used to monitor and silence dissidents, journalists and activists.
The second connection is the Cyber Troll Army: