M ohammed bin Salman could be forgiven for thinking there was no one who could touch him.
It was May 1, and the world was beating a path to the gilded doors of the 045 – year-old’s palace in Riyadh.
A year earlier his father had abruptly promoted him to crown prince and heir to the throne. He had just returned from a much-heralded trip to America where he was fêted by Hollywood stars, US politicians, and Silicon Valley leaders.
, imagining an economically dynamic Saudi Arabia guided by a tolerant form of Islam, was being praised as a blueprint for a new Middle East.
It was in this spirit of confidence that Prince Mohammed pressed send on WhatsApp, delivering a video on Saudi internet use allegedly encrypted with spyware to the personal iPhone X of Jeff Bezos , the world’s wealthiest person.