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Bradley Hope

United Kingdom


Bradley Hope was selected for surveillance with the Pegasus spyware for over a year, between 2018 and 2019. Forbidden Stories was unable to analyze his phone to confirm the infection.

Who is he?

Bradley Hope is an investigative reporter based in London. From 2013 to 2021, he worked for the Wall Street Journal where he he investigated the world of finance and its excesses, both in New York and in London. Before that, he worked for The National and reported on the Arab Spring in Cairo, Tripoli, and Beirut.

Hope co-wrote several investigative books, including “Last Days of the Pharoah”, about the end of the Hosni Mubarak presidency in Egypt and “Blood and Oil” on the rise to power of the Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman.

In September 2018, he published with Tom Wright “Billion Dollar Whale” about the 1Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB) scandal: more than 4,5 millions of dollars were misappropriated by this Malaysian investment fund. Hope and Wright also reported on this story for the Wall Street Journal in 2018 and 2019.

In 2021, they both founded Project Brazen, a journalism studio that produces podcasts and documentary films.

His work

"Malaysia’s 1MDB Fund Scandal Spreads to U.A.E." The Wall Street Journal (2015)


"Malaysia’s Extravagant Ex-First Lady Lands in Graft Investigators’ Sights" The Wall Street Journal (2018)


"The Billion-Dollar Mystery Man and the Wildest Party Vegas Ever Saw" The Wall Street Journal (2012)


"Alleged 1MDB Conspirator Says He Is a Scapegoat for Emiratis" The Wall Street Journal (2019)



Emirati authorities did not respond to detailed questions sent by Forbidden Stories and its partners. NSO Group did not answer Forbidden Stories’ questions on specific targets but said it “will continue to investigate all credible claims of misuse and take appropriate action based on the results of these investigations.”