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It’s ‘near-certain’ Saudi crown prince hacked Jared Kushner’s phone and ‘had secret access’ for years: reporter

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The House of Saud crown prince was implicated in the hacking of Washington Post owner and Amazon founder Jeff Bezos’s cell phone in a bombshell new report in The Guardian.

“The Amazon billionaire Jeff Bezos had his mobile phone “hacked” in 2018 after receiving a WhatsApp message that had apparently been sent from the personal account of the crown prince of Saudi Arabia, sources have told the Guardian. The encrypted message from the number used by Mohammed bin Salman is believed to have included a malicious file that infiltrated the phone of the world’s richest man, according to the results of a digital forensic analysis,” The Guardian reported.

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Justin Sink, a White House correspondent for Bloomberg News, noted the implications of the report.

“This invites the obvious question of if MBS has ever sent certain senior members of the White House video messages via WhatsApp,” Sink noted.

Ryan Grim, the DC bureau chief for The Intercept, took the reasoning a step further.

“As we previously reported, Kushner chatted regularly with MBS on WhatsApp. It is near-certain that MBS pulled this same hack on Kushner and Saudi [Arabia] has therefore had secret access to his phone for years,” Grim noted.

“Trump forced his security clearance through,” Grim added.

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Grim linked to a 2018 story headlined, “Saudi Crown Prince boasted that Jared Kushner was ‘in his pocket.’”


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Devin Nunes denies Russia is intervening in the 2020 election to support Trump’s reelection

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The top Republican on the House Intelligence Committee denied reports that Russia was intervening in the 2020 presidential campaign to support Donald Trump's reelection.

Rep. Devin Nunes (R-CA) was interviewed by Laura Ingraham on Fox News about the breaking news on Russia.

"A senior U.S. intelligence official told lawmakers last week that Russia wants to see President Trump reelected, viewing his administration as more favorable to the Kremlin’s interests, according to people who were briefed on the comments," The Washington Post reported Thursday. "Trump learned about Pierson’s remarks from Rep. Devin Nunes (Calif.), the committee’s ranking Republican and a staunch Trump ally, said one person familiar with the matter."

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WATCH: Martin Sheen interrupts Lawrence O’Donnell’s MSNBC show with Trump/Putin 2020 bumper sticker

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MSNBC anchor Lawrence O'Donnell on Thursday joked about Donald Trump and his running mate, Vladimir Putin, after the bombshell report that Russia was actively intervening in the 2020 presidential election in an effort to reelect the president.

The host returned from a commercial break to share an image "Janet and Martin Sheen texted me."

The image was of a bumper sticker a friend of the Sheen's had made with the Trump/Putin 2020 theme.

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