Israeli firm NSO Group’s Pegasus spyware was placed on the cellphone of the wife of Jamal Khashoggi months before he was murdered in the Saudi consulate in Istanbul, the Washington Post claimed on Tuesday.

According to the report, the spyware was placed on Hanan Elatr’s phone while she was being interrogated by security agents at the Dubai Airport months before Khashoggi was killed and his body dismembered. The Citizen Lab research group says that the spying was carried out by a United Arab Emirates customer, and the newspaper claims it was a UAE government agency.

NSO has asserted that its spyware was never used to attack the phones of Khashoggi or Elatr before the killing of the prominent Saudi critic.

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EDITOR’S NOTE: Khashoggi had long been an intelligence asset for the Democrat faction within the Intelligence Community, which I detailed in this piece some years back. His story is simply summed up as playing for the wrong team at the wrong time during the power struggle between factions. We see how that turned out. But that being said the larger story is the continued revelations behind the Pegasus software package and why this is critical to understand. Cell phones, second only to social media, are the easiest way to track and map patterns of life of a target. In this case, it got a somewhat famous name rolled up and killed. Its got a large number of others killed too. Seen me do it. If you’re not already, you might wanna sign up for the Patron-only course series I’m running through Podbean. I’m covering this kinda thing in detail. -NCS