The threats against Khashoggi, Soufan, and Abdulaziz bear striking similarities. The phrases “the beginning of the end,” “make yourself dead,” and “your end is in a garbage dumpster” appear in tweets about all three. These sorts of phrases are not uncommon in Twitter exchanges in the Arab world, nor are Khashoggi, Soufan, and Abdulaziz the only targets of pro-Saudi trolls. Still, Soufan is concerned that the over-all pattern suggests that he is a target. “Jamal was murdered by Saudi operatives,” he said. “The threat against Omar is confirmed by Canadian authorities to be directly linked to Saudi Arabia. It seems highly unlikely that the threat against me would not be connected as well.”

Dexter Filkins
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