Jeff Bezos Alleges National Enquirer of Blackmail Over Photos

Anna Jefferson
February 8, 2019

Amazon chief executive Jeff Bezos said Thursday that he was the target of an extortion and blackmail effort by the National Enquirer, which he accused of threatening to publish intimate pictures of him unless he backed off an investigation of the tabloid.

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. "They will publish the personal photos unless Gavin de Becker and I make the specific false public statement to the press that we 'have no knowledge or basis for suggesting that AMI's coverage was politically motivated or influenced by political forces'".

Bezos's investigators have suggested the Enquirer's coverage of his affair was politically motivated.

He reprints no fewer than three emails that AMI's legal team sent him, one of which describes in detail the personal photos of Bezos they claim they've obtained.

A spokesman for the US attorney's office in Manhattan did not immediately comment on Bezos' assertion that AMI had committed extortion.

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[.] 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 its January 9 story, 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. "I prefer to stand up, roll this log over, and see what crawls out".

Bezos' letter to the media company was published Thursday on Medium.com.

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Former TV host Lauren Sanchez is reported to be in a relationship with Mr Bezos Why does he mention President Trump? Mr Trump has previously linked The Post and Amazon in critical Twitter posts, once declaring the "Fake Washington Post" a "lobbyist" for Amazon.

Bezos copy and pasted an email allegedly from Dylan Howard, AMI's COO, days after that initial threat was made, which claims that they have obtained nine lewd photos of Bezos and Sanchez in addition to a "below the belt selfie - otherwise colloquially known as a 'd*ck pick'".

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That admission was part of a deal between AMI and federal prosecutors, who agreed to not pursue charges against the company for secretly assisting Trump's campaign by paying $150,000 USA to a Playboy model for the rights to her story about an alleged affair with the then-candidate.

Like Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos, the richest man on the planet, who was forced to do a post about how people are trying to leak his nudes.

In his post, Bezos explained why he is speaking out against the Enquirer and American Media.

Trump and Bezos have had a long-standing feud.

Bezos went on to say that, "Any personal embarrassment AMI could cause me takes a back seat because there's a much more important matter involved here", Bezos wrote.

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Bezos usually stays out of the public eye, frequently delegating announcements and public Amazon business updates to his executives.

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