Jeff Bezos accuses National Enquirer of photo blackmail

Irving Hamilton
February 8, 2019

Amazon chief executive Jeff Bezos said Thursday that he was the target of an extortion attempt by the National Enquirer, which he said threatened to publish embarrassing photos of him if he didn't halt his investigation into how the tabloid obtained private texts and photos between him and his mistress.

Last month, the Enquirer reported that Bezos sent "sleazy text messages and gushing love notes" to Sanchez, months before Bezos announced he was splitting up with his wife, MacKenzie.

In a stunning blog post on Thursday, Mr Bezos posted an email he said had been sent to his intermediaries by AMI's representatives threatening to publish "intimate photos" of Mr Bezos and his lover, former TV host Lauren Sanchez.

A Washington Post reporter dropped a bombshell Thursday night: that investigators working for Jeff Bezos believe "a government entity" may have obtained his text messages, and rather than a phone hack, that this is how the National Enquirer got them.

What it comes down to is that Bezos, who owns The Washington Post, has claimed their investigation was "politically motivated".

Bezos, the richest man in the world, accused the outlet's published David Pecker of using the company and the tabloid for political reasons, and said "federal investigators and legitimate media" had proved so.

A Fox News request for comment from AMI was not immediately returned. "If in my position I cannot stand up to this kind of extortion, how many people can?"

AMI's relationship with Trump has gotten the company into hot water in the past. The National Enquirer admitted past year, according to the Southern District of NY police, to facilitating a USD$150,000 payment to former Playboy model Karen McDougal to retain exclusive rights to her story - some say to ensure the details weren't released until after the campaign.

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Reporters for the Enquirer followed Bezos and Sanchez "across five states and 40,000 miles" and "tailed them in private jets, swanky limos, helicopter rides, romantic hikes, five-star hotel hideaways, intimate dinner dates and "quality time" in hidden love nests", the tabloid said in a story about the relationship.

[.] Because of both [their] friendship and the money that Pecker saw could be made from promoting the Republican presidential candidate, Pecker used the "National Enquirer" as a forum for promoting Trump's campaign.

In addition, he included emails from AMI's deputy general counsel, Jon Fine, detailing a list of terms under which AMI said it would withhold publication of the photos.

Pecker is now cooperating with federal investigators who are looking into the company's involvement with the Trump campaign.

Bezos says that the Enquirer is threatening to publish even more embarrassing photos of him if he doesn't put a stop to an investigation now underway by a private investigator hired by Bezos. The deal not to prosecute was conditional on AMI not committing another crime, the office said.

Amazon founder and Washington Post owner Jeff Bezos wrote a scathing letter to American Media Inc.

This whole story, as Bezos would put it, is complexifying my brain. Or at least that's what the top people at the National Enquirer thought.

But the company has admitted in the past that it engaged in what's known as "catch-and-kill" practices to help Trump become president.

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