Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos on Thursday accused the writer of the Nationwide Enquirer of blackmail after it threatened to publish intimate images despatched by the billionaire to his mistress if he didn’t stop his investigation into how the newspaper bought the photographs.
It comes after the tabloid, having accessed non-public textual content messages, final month reported Bezos had an extramarital affair with former information anchor and leisure reporter Lauren Sanchez — a leak that led to his divorce.
In a put up on running a blog platform Medium Thursday, Bezos stated Enquirer writer American Media Inc (AMI), led by David Pecker, approached him with a risk to publish the pictures if he didn’t halt an investigation into the motives behind the leak.
He added the publication demanded he and safety guide Gavin de Becker, who’s main the probe, publically state they’d “no data or foundation for suggesting that AMI’s protection was politically motivated or influenced by political forces.”
De Becker talked about in a latest Day by day Beast interview that “sturdy leads level to political motives” — and that he was involved in Lauren Sanchez’s brother Michael, a vocal supporter of US President Donald Trump with hyperlinks to his interior circle, as a attainable perpetrator.
And in his Medium put up, Bezos, who additionally owns The Washington Put up, pointed to AMI and David Pecker’s earlier cooperation with Trump — together with funds made to suppress destructive tales, presently below investigation by federal prosecutors. One entails a girl who stated she had an affair with Trump.
The hush cash cost, and the same one to a different lady, was made on the eve of the 2016 election that Trump received.
Trump is suspected of marketing campaign finance violations due to the disbursements on grounds they had been made to have an effect on the result of the vote and will due to this fact have been reported to authorities marketing campaign displays.
Bezos, his newspaper and Amazon are all common targets of Trump’s signature Twitter tirades.
Bezos additionally raised the writer’s hyperlinks to Saudi Arabia — whose Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman is accused of directing the homicide of Put up columnist Jamal Khashoggi.
“My possession of the Washington Put up is a complexifier for me. It is unavoidable that sure highly effective individuals who expertise Washington Put up information protection will wrongly conclude I’m their enemy,” Bezos wrote within the weblog put up.
“President Trump is a type of folks, apparent by his many tweets. Additionally, The Put up’s important and unrelenting protection of the homicide of its columnist Jamal Khashoggi is undoubtedly unpopular in sure circles.”
He added: “Slightly than capitulate to extortion and blackmail, I’ve determined to publish precisely what they despatched me, regardless of the private price and embarrassment they threaten,” Bezos wrote within the put up, which was entitled “No thanks, Mr. Pecker” and included copies of emails from AMI.
“After all I do not need private pictures printed, however I additionally will not take part of their well-known observe of blackmail, political favours, political assaults, and corruption. I desire to face up, roll this log over, and see what crawls out,” he added.