Jefferson Morley | October 23, 2019
Washington Post’s New Columnist Consults for NSO Spyware Firm That Helps Saudi Arabia Surveil Journalists
This Washington Post’s newest columnist, Juliette Kayyem, has a problem.
“The NSO Group’s Pegasus technology has been used by governments to track civil society, journalists, political dissidents, and others across the world,” the UN’s Kaye said in the letter, which specifically noted the allegations that Pegasus was used to target Khashoggi. “How will NSO Group confirm that its clients are complying with human rights law?” The Washington Post’s decision to hire Kayyem, who will “help make sense of how the U.S. approaches its most challenging national security issues,” is deeply weird, considering that Washington Post editors have previously said that Saudi surveillance has gotten people killed.
“People are losing their lives over [surveillance] … that’s how you try to go after ideas—it’s through surveillance,” Karen Attiah, Khashoggi’s editor at The Washington Post told the Committee to Protect Journalists.