Last year, the Saudi government ordered Britain to drop its Serious Fraud Office investigation.
The SFO was days away from revealing that the Saudi government and a senior member of the Lebanese government had received bribes of $240 million every year.
Now, the BBC has done the work the Saudi government thought it had killed.
Hariri thought he could keep it quiet. Just like he thought he could keep his funding of militant groups like Fateh Al Islam quiet.
But when you play with fire, it often comes back to burn you.