The CEO of Uber, Dara Khosrowshahi, recently did an interview with Axios on HBO where he shrugged off the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi as a “mistake.”
When asked if he thought Yasir al-Rumayyan, the head of Saudi Arabia’s Public Investment Fund, should remain on the Uber board of directors, Khosrowshahi responded:
“I think that government said they made a mistake… It’s a serious mistake. We’ve made mistakes too with self-driving and we stopped driving and we’re recovering from that mistake. So I think that people make mistakes. It doesn’t mean they can never be forgiven. I think they’ve taken it seriously.”
For context, Khosrowshahi is comparing the brutal murder and alleged dismemberment of former Washington Post journalist Jamal Khashoggi with the accidental death of a pedestrian struck by a self-driving Uber vehicle.
Uber CEO on Saudi Arabia's killing of Jamal Khashoggi: "It's a serious mistake. We've made mistakes too, right, with self-driving … So I think that people make mistakes. It doesn't mean that they can never be forgiven" pic.twitter.com/EvinRrh3SE
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It should also be noted that the Saudi Arabian government invested $3.5 billion in Uber back in 2016. It marked the single largest investment in an American venture-backed startup company by a foreign government.