Arab activist in Norway details his Saudi work before threat

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.