Uber CEO calls Saudi murder of Khashoggi “a mistake,” scrambles to backtrack – Axios

Uber CEO Dara Khosrowshahi told “Axios on HBO” that the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi was “a mistake” by the Saudi government, and then he compared it to Uber’s self-driving accident in which a woman died.

An hour later, Khosrowshahi called Axios to express regret for the language he used. The next day he sent the following statement:

  • “I said something in the moment that I do not believe. When it comes to Jamal Khashoggi, his murder was reprehensible and should not be forgotten or excused.”

Why it matters: Saudi Arabia is Uber’s fifth-largest shareholder and the head of Saudi Arabia’s sovereign wealth fund is on its board of directors.

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