Israeli software was used to track Khashoggi, says Snowden

The Israel cyber intelligence firm NSO Group Technologies provided software used to track Saudi dissident journalist Jamal Khashoggi who was killed in Istanbul last month, the Jerusalem Post quoted American whistleblower Edward Snowden as saying.

Khashoggi, a 59-year-old Washington Post contributor known for his criticism of the Saudi government, was last seen entering the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul on Oct. 2. After two weeks of denials, Saudi officials said Khashoggi was killed in an altercation inside the consulate, but last week, the Istanbul chief prosecutor's office said the journalist was strangled to death and dismembered soon after he entered building.

NSO Group Technologies rejected the accusations levelled by Snowden, who spoke via video conference from an undisclosed location in Russia at an event organised by Tel-Aviv-based strategic, corporate, tech and financial communications firm OH! Orenstein Hoshen, the Jerusalem Post said.

"NSO develops products that go to government agencies for the sole purpose of investigating and preventing crimes and terrorism-related cases," the company said in response to Snowden’s claims.