Death by Spyware: How Surveillance Tech Is Helping Governments Stifle Dissent

A demonstration in front of the Saudi Embassy in Berlin on the anniversary of the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi, Oct. 1, 2019 (Photo by Kay Neitfeld for dpa via AP Images).
A demonstration in front of the Saudi Embassy in Berlin on the anniversary of the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi, Oct. 1, 2019 (Photo by Kay Neitfeld for dpa via AP Images).
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In October 2017, an unlikely pair of Saudi expatriates began exchanging messages on WhatsApp. Omar Abdulaziz was a dissident YouTuber in Canada in his 20s, well-known for his satirical videos that mocked the Saudi leadership. Jamal Khashoggi, 30 years older and more of a moderate, was a prominent Saudi journalist who had grown increasingly alarmed by the kingdom’s crackdown on dissent. Having gone into self-imposed exile in Washington in June 2017, Khashoggi used his newfound perch as a Washington Post columnist to criticize the worsening human rights situation under Mohammed bin Salman, Saudi Arabia’s young crown prince and de facto […]

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