COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) — An Arab activist living in Norway says he's been given protection by two different Norwegian entities after the CIA informed officials of an unspecified threat against him.
Iyad el-Baghdadi, an outspoken commentator on Arab affairs on Twitter, told reporters in Norway on Monday about Saudi-related projects he'd been working on that might have made him a target of Saudi Arabia.
He says he worked without pay or contract with a team of investigators hired by Amazon founder Jeff Bezos looking into a blackmail case against the U.S. billionaire, who also owns The Washington Post.
El-Baghdadi says he's also helming a project to document Saudi attempts to influence Arabic political commentary on Twitter. The project was originally spearheaded by Jamal Khashoggi before he was slain by Saudi agents last year.
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