What Went Wrong This Week #1: Ama-zoned

What better way to begin a satirical series on the state of modern international relations than to discuss the consequences of an allegedly state sponsored hacking of a private individual? Yes ladies and gentlemen, I am going to dissect the (obviously morbid) consequences of the hacking of Jeff Bezos’ mobile phone by (the UN says) the Saudi state (Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Salman or MBS).

There is an element of irony in this situation given that Bezos’ company, Amazon, regularly collects data from its users and is not always honest about how it collects said data. MBS obviously wanted to “Amazon” Bezos because he allegedly sent him a file which stole poor Jeff’s data when he opened it.

This nifty little hacker (the file, not the prince) waded through the sea of data on Mr. Bezos’ phone, finding incriminating data about his extramarital affair. Both things are now public knowledge.

The UK’s The Guardian newspaper further reported that this insidious hacking was linked to Dear Old Jeff’s ownership of Truth-to-Power publication The Washington Post. It might seem extreme to go to such lengths over a matter of Fourth Estate ownership, but it appears that the Post employed now-deceased Saudi dissident journalist Jamal Khashoggi.

Now, its important to acknowledge that the Saudis completely deny the Crown Prince’s “alleged” involvement in the scandal, just like they did when Washington Post journalist Jamal Khashoggi was killed. Disclaimer / Saudi POV duly shared.

I’m not about to comment on the nature of Saudi-Amazon relations in the aftermath of The Incident. Not when the impact of the apparent Theft of Data needs to be discussed.

Experts on the matter say that is routine for “Heads of State” and “Other Powerful People” to connect with “Powerful CEOS” in today’s globally connected, woke, intercultural, interlinked, globalized, insert-any-other-generic-21st-Century-adjective world. What is unprecedented is that this most exclusive group are apparently treating each other the way they treat us “Bourgeois Folk”. What is the world coming to?

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