Saudi Energy Minister Prince Abdulaziz bin Salman described a British journalist as “stupid”, after asking him a question about allegations of the penetration of Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman to the phone of Jeff Bezos, CEO of Amazon, and owner of the Washington Post.According to a CNN video, the Saudi Energy Minister’s response came after Joel Hills, a journalist for “ITVNews” British to get a comment from him about the validity of what the Guardian newspaper reported about a penetration of the Bezos phone, on the sidelines of his attendance at the Davos Economic Conference.
Prince Abdulaziz bin Salman responded, saying, “I am the Minister of Energy,” in an indication that he is not concerned with this question.
Then, the British journalist asked: Why is Saudi Arabia hacking Jeff Bezos’ phone? Then the Saudi Energy Minister said: “I think you are asking the wrong question in the wrong place. All you are trying to do now is distracting“.
When the British journalist tried to ask his question another way, “Is Jeff Bezos a legitimate target?”, Prince Abdulaziz bin Salman replied: “I think that is a satire, a joke.“.
Journalist Joel Hills stuck to his question, saying: “Does that seem ironic? People are worried about cyber attacks.” The Saudi Energy Minister boycotted him: “You are stupid.” He told him he did not want to answer his questions.
And at dawn on Wednesday, the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia responded to allegations published by media outlets, such as the British Guardian newspaper and the American Financial Times newspaper, through which it referred to the “involvement” of the Kingdom’s Crown Prince, Prince Mohammed bin Salman, with a “direct image” of a billionaire phone pirate, Jeff Bezos, a man Business and founder of Amazon.
The response came in a statement to the Saudi embassy in Washington, in which it said: “Recent media reports suggesting that the kingdom stands behind the ridiculous phone hacking of Mr. Jeff Bezos, we call to investigate these allegations so that we can all obtain the facts.“.