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Snowden Claims Israeli Software Was Used to Track Khashoggi

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Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi was last seen entering the Saudi consulate in Istanbul on October 2. More than two weeks later, Riyadh admitted that the Washington Post contributor had been killed in an altercation inside the consulate.Edward Snowden. File photo

US whistleblower Edward Snowden has accused the Israel cyber intelligence firm NSO Group Technologies of “selling a digital burglary tool” which he claimed had been used to track Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi, who was killed in Istanbul last month, according to the Jerusalem Post.

He said in this context that that NSO’s software is not “just being used for catching criminals and stopping terrorist attacks […] not just for saving lives, but for making money […] such a level of recklessness […] actually starts costing lives.”

Snowden spoke via video conference from an undisclosed location in Russia at an event organized by Tel-Aviv-based strategic, corporate, tech and financial communications firm OH! Orenstein Hoshen.

The Israeli TV channel Kan cited NSO as saying that Snowden “selectively slanders Israeli technology companies without having any reliable information.”

“NSO develops products that go to government agencies for the sole purpose of investigating and preventing crimes and terrorism-related cases,” the company pointed out.

Khashoggi, a Washington Post contributor, disappeared on October 2 after entering the Saudi consulate in Istanbul, where he had arrived to obtain the necessary papers for his upcoming wedding.

After more than two weeks of denials, Saudi Arabia acknowledged that the journalist had been killed in a fight inside the consulate. Riyadh said that 18 people had been arrested due to their suspected involvement in the incident, and that they would be put on trial in Saudi Arabia.

Turkey, which conducts a separate investigation into the matter, claims that Khashoggi was assassinated by a hit squad sent from Saudi Arabia specifically for the task.

According to Turkish public prosecutor Irfan Fidan, Khashoggi was “strangled as soon as he entered the consulate” in sync with “premeditated plans” and that his body was “subsequently destroyed by being dismembered, once again confirming the planning of the murder.”

Snowden, who leaked classified information on numerous US secret surveillance programs back in 2013, faces espionage charges in the US and may face life imprisonment or even capital punishment if ever tried on US soil.

The political asylum he received from Russia later that year is expected to expire in 2020 unless extended.

Source: SPUTNIK NEWS

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