Jefferson Morley | February 4, 2020
Ex-Obama Official and Washington Post Columnist Quits Israeli Spyware Firm
NSO, the Israeli private intelligence firm is becoming notorious. Known for spyware that Saudi Arabia and Mexican drug cartels have used to spy on journalists and dissidents, NSO has sought respectability by hiring Americans like Juliette Kayyem, a Harvard professor and Washington Post columnist.
I noted last last year that Kayyem’s dual positions as a Post columnist and NSO adviser were, shall we say, incompatible. Investigators believe that NSO spyware may have been used by Saudi intelligence to track Washington Post columnist Jamal Khashoggi before he was assassinated by Saudi operatives in Turkey in 2018.
Now Kayyem apparently agrees. She has quit her position at the company
The disclosure of the public departure of Juliette Kayyem, a high-profile national security expert and Harvard professor, as a senior adviser to NSO came just one day after a controversy over her role at the spyware group prompted Harvard to cancel an online seminar she was due to host.