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Michael Sanchez insists he didn't leak Jeff Bezos' racy selfies, but he keeps refusing to answer a key question

The accusation that Jeff Bezos' intimate texts to former TV host Lauren Sanchez were leaked to the National Enquirer by Sanchez's brother, Michael Sanchez, has been widely reported. CNN, The Daily Beast, and the Associated Press have all cited sources this week who believe Sanchez leaked information about the relationship. Business Insider has been in regular contact with Sanchez for seven days. He has consistently declined to comment about the allegations he passed the texts to the Enquirer. ...
Tags: Amazon, Hollywood, Washington Post, Saudi Arabia, Trends, Cnn, Associated Press, Jeff Bezos, National Enquirer, Donald Trump, Abc News, Trump, Howard, Jeff, Bezos, Becker


It Sure Looks a Lot Like the Pro-Trump Brother of Jeff Bezos's Girlfriend Helped Leak Those Sexts

CNN reported on Wednesday evening that “two people with knowledge of the matter” had confirmed that Michael Sanchez, the brother of the woman with whom Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos had an affair, was the person who initially tipped off the National Enquirer to the secret romance and set off a firestorm.Read more...
Tags: Amazon, Science, Technology, Cnn, Jeff Bezos, National Enquirer, AMI, Michael Sanchez, American Media Inc, Sexts, Lauren Sánchez, Double Complexifier


A lawyer at the heart of the National Enquirer's war with Jeff Bezos used to work for Amazon for 9 years

A lawyer at the heart of the National Enquirer's war with Jeff Bezos used to be a loyal servant of the billionaire at Amazon, The Wall Street Journal reports. American Media Inc's Deputy General Counsel Jon Fine worked at Amazon from 2006 to 2015, and was focused primarily on publishing and the company's Kindle business. Fine took up a job at AMI in November 2018. He wrote two of the emails published in Bezos' explosive blog post last week, in which he accused the Enquirer of extortion. A law...
Tags: Amazon, Trends, Netflix, Jeff Bezos, National Enquirer, Wall Street Journal, The Daily Beast, Journal, Martin, Bezos, AMI, Enquirer, Gavin de Becker, American Media Inc, Dylan Howard, American Media Inc AMI


Bezos Probe Concludes Mistress’ Brother was Enquirer Source

WASHINGTON (AP) — Private investigators working for Jeff Bezos have concluded that the brother of the Amazon CEO’s mistress leaked the couple’s intimate text messages to the National Enquirer, a person familiar with the matter told The Associated Press on Monday. The person wasn’t authorized to discuss the matter publicly and spoke to AP on condition of anonymity. The findings add to the intrigue surrounding the clash between the pro-Trump tabloid and the world’s richest man. Bezos’ investigat...
Tags: Amazon, Post, New York, News, Abc, Washington, White House, Ap, Playboy, Associated Press, Jeff Bezos, National Enquirer, Donald Trump, The Washington Post, Trump, Josh Marshall


National Enquirer parent company AMI asked Justice Dept. if it should register as foreign lobbyist

Remember that weird glossy magazine that came out last year promoting Saudi crown prince Mohammed Bin Salman? Daily Beast called it Saudi propaganda, and it was. AMI, the parent company of The National Enquirer, produced it. Right after they put this weird Saudi propaganda publication out, AMI asked the United States Department of Justice if it should register as a foreign lobbyist, according to multiple news reports out today. Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos has accused AMI of blackmailing him over ...
Tags: Amazon, Post, News, Saudi Arabia, Nbc News, Jeff Bezos, National Enquirer, Justice Department, Bezos, Mohammed bin Salman, AMI, Justice Dept, United States Department of Justice, MBS, The National Enquirer, Justice Department s National Security Division


Saudi Arabia denies role in Jeff Bezos affair, as the National Enquirer's attorney let slip details about its source

Saudi Arabia's foreign minister said on Sunday that the kingdom had nothing to do with leaking Jeff Bezos' texts to the National Enquirer, and that the whole saga sounds like a "soap opera." In his explosive blog last week, Bezos pointed to links between the National Enquirer and the Saudis, as well as to his own publication the Washington Post's coverage of murdered journalist Jamal Khashoggi. An attorney for AMI — the Enquirer's publisher — also denied that Saudi Arabia had anything to do wi...
Tags: Post, Congress, Abc, Washington Post, Saudi Arabia, US, Trends, Cbs, Jeff Bezos, National Enquirer, Istanbul, Trump, Bezos, Sánchez, Adel al Jubeir, Al Jubeir


Saudi Arabia denies involvement in leak of Jeff Bezos’ private messages

In his extraordinary Medium post last week accusing American Media Inc of “extortion and blackmail,” Bezos hinted (but did not explicitly state) that there may be a connection between Saudi Arabia and the publication of his personal messages with Lauren Sanchez. Now Saudi Arabia’s minister of foreign affairs has denied it was involved, stating during an interview with CBS’ “Face the Nation” that the Saudi government had “nothing to do with it.” Last month, the National Enquirer published a serie...
Tags: Amazon, TC, Post, Politics, Abc, Washington Post, Saudi Arabia, Tech, Cbs, Department Of Justice, Jeff Bezos, National Enquirer, Donald Trump, Central Intelligence Agency, Trump, Bezos


Pecker Attorney Denies Bezos Blackmail Claims: ‘All That AMI Wanted Was The Truth’

A lawyer for American Media Inc. CEO David Pecker on Sunday denied that the National Enquirer, an AMI property, blackmailed Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos by threatening to release explicit photos he shared during an extramarital affair. “It absolutely is not extortion and not blackmail,” Pecker attorney Elkan Abramowitz told ABC “This Week” host George Stephanopoulos. Abramowitz also denied that the story was motivated by Pecker’s connections to President Donald Trump. BREAKING: Elkan Abramowitz, the a...
Tags: Amazon, Post, News, Washington Post, Saudi Arabia, White House, Jeff Bezos, National Enquirer, Donald Trump, Trump, Bezos, Sánchez, AMI, Enquirer, Abramowitz, Michael Sanchez


The National Enquirer vs. Jeff Bezos: Legal experts break down what's at stake in battle between the world's wealthiest man and a supermarket tabloid

Federal prosecutors are reviewing claims made by Amazon founder and CEO Jeff Bezos in a post published on Medium last week that accused the National Enquirer and its publisher, American Media Inc., (AMI) of "extortion and blackmail," sources told The New York Times. Bezos published several emails from the National Enquirer's chief content officer Dylan Howard and from Jon Fine, an attorney representing AMI — one of which lists compromising photographs of Bezos that the supermarket tabloid says...
Tags: Amazon, Washington Post, US, Trends, Cnn, United States, Playboy, Fine, Anderson Cooper, The New York Times, Jeff Bezos, National Enquirer, Times, The Washington Post, New Yorker, Trump


Have National Enquirer and AMI met their match in Amazon's Jeff Bezos?

The tabloid may have underestimated its latest target: the world's richest man.
Tags: Amazon, Jeff Bezos, AMI


Bezos claims AMI had reason to promote Saudi Arabia

Federal prosecutors are investigating claims from Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos that executives who run the National Enquirer tried to extort him over the Washington Post's coverage of Jamal Khashoggi's murder. CNN's Alex Marquardt reports.
Tags: Amazon, News, Washington Post, Saudi Arabia, Cnn, Stories, Jeff Bezos, National Enquirer, Bezos, AMI, Alex Marquardt, Jamal Khashoggi


Actor Terry Crews says the National Enquirer's publisher tried to 'silence' him with fake stories as Jeff Bezos accuses the tabloid of blackmail

Terry Crews has accused American Media Inc (AMI), publisher of the National Enquirer, of making up a false story to "silence" him. Crews said Radar Online, which is owned by AMI, tried to run a fake story about him buying prostitutes after he went public in accusing a talent agent of sexual assault. He published an alleged email from Radar Online back in 2017, and said the publication did not run the story because it was fake and he had publicly exposed them. Crews resurfaced his allegations a...
Tags: Amazon, Hollywood, Saudi Arabia, Trends, MacBook Air, Jeff Bezos, National Enquirer, Terry Crews, The Washington Post, Board, Senate Judiciary Committee, Bezos, Monte Carlo, AMI, Crews, Ronan Farrow


Could Amazon's Bezos wreck AMI, owner of National Enquirer, with blackmail charges?

The Florida-based supermarket's new attacks on Amazon owner Jeff Bezos is shining a harsh light on the underbelly of tabloid journalism.            [Author: USA TODAY]
Tags: Amazon, Florida, Usa, News, Jeff Bezos, National Enquirer, Usa Today, Bezos, AMI


Medium, the blog site Jeff Bezos used to attack the Enquirer, won't say whether the post violated its rules — but it says Bezos wont get paid a dime (AMZN)

Medium isn't commenting on whether or not Jeff Bezos violated its terms of service with his astonishing post on Thursday. The online publishing site also won't say whether Bezos gave it a heads up before he published it. But Medium did confirm that, no matter how many people like his post, he won't get paid for it. When Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos decided to accuse David Pecker, the CEO of National Enquirer's parent company, of blackmail on Thursday, he chose an interesting way to do it: a post on ...
Tags: Amazon, Post, Washington Post, Trends, Williams, MacBook Air, Jeff Bezos, National Enquirer, Donald Trump, Evan Williams, Amazon Web Services, Bezos, AMI, Enquirer, David Pecker, Louise Mtsakis


Medium, the blog site Jeff Bezos used to attack the Enquirer, won't say whether the post violated its rules — but it says Bezos won't get paid a dime (AMZN)

Medium isn't commenting on whether or not Jeff Bezos violated its terms of service with his astonishing post on Thursday. The online publishing site also won't say whether Bezos gave it a heads up before he published it. But Medium did confirm that, no matter how many people like his post, he won't get paid for it. When Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos decided to accuse David Pecker, the CEO of National Enquirer's parent company, of blackmail on Thursday, he chose an interesting way to do it: a post on ...
Tags: Apple, Amazon, Post, Washington Post, Trends, Williams, Jeff Bezos, National Enquirer, Donald Trump, Evan Williams, Amazon Web Services, Bezos, AMI, Enquirer, David Pecker, Louise Mtsakis


Has the stigma of naked selfies expired?

Bezos's decision to publish AMI's email and make his intimate photos known was less a risk than a reasonable assumption that people would be far more offended by AMI's bully tactics than by a few lewd photos of a 55-year-old man, writes Peggy Drexler
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Sources: Prosecutors Probing National Enquirer After Bezos Report

It is a federal crime to threaten to injure someone's reputation in exchange for money or a "thing of value," though federal courts haven't made it clear whether a public statement, like the one demanded by AMI, could be considered something of value.
Tags: News, Jeff Bezos, National Enquirer, AMI, President Donald Trump


Former Amazon Lawyer Now Opposite Bezos in Tabloid Fight

Bezos had good reason to remember Fine because the lawyer worked at Amazon.com Inc.’s books unit beginning in the mid-2000s. Now Fine is a deputy general counsel at Enquirer parent American Media Inc., and he was writing to offer his former boss a deal: stop impugning the publication’s motives for its investigation into Bezos’s romantic life and the supermarket tabloid would refrain from publishing another series of embarrassing photos of the chief executive officer and his new girlfriend, form...
Tags: Science, Bezos, Amazon com Inc, AMI, Enquirer, American Media Inc, Lauren Sánchez


Jeff Bezos' investigator doesn't think his phone was hacked. Here are all the other theories of how the National Enquirer got his private photos

While Jeff Bezos' bombshell blog post on Thursday night revealed a lot of details about some sexual photos and texts he sent, it didn't say much about the central question. That question is: How did the National Enquirer get the photos in the first place? The public doesn't know the answer to that but everyone seems to have a theory, some more plausible than others. The bombshell blog post Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos published on Thursday revealed a lot of detail about some sexual messages he sent,...
Tags: Amazon, Post, Hollywood, Kim Kardashian, Washington Post, Snowden, Washington, Nsa, Trends, Netflix, Edward Snowden, Glenn Greenwald, Jeff Bezos, National Enquirer, Msnbc, Donald Trump


Jeff Bezos' security team thinks a 'government entity' may have accessed the Amazon CEO's texts, Washington Post reporter says

Jeff Bezos and his private investigators are floating the theory that a "government entity" may have accessed the Amazon CEO's personal texts, Washington Post reporter Manuel Roig-Franzia said Thursday night on MSNBC. The comments were made hours after Bezos penned a viral Medium blog post accusing the National Enquirer's publisher of "extortion and blackmail" by threatening to release his nude photos unless he agreed to their terms. The National Enquirer previously published an exposé on Bez...
Tags: Apple, Amazon, Kim Kardashian, Washington Post, Saudi Arabia, White House, US, Trends, Jeff Bezos, National Enquirer, Msnbc, Donald Trump, Trump, Bezos, Becker, Roger Stone


How the National Enquirer's David Pecker, 'the bad boy of magazines,' went from betraying Trump to facing off with Jeff Bezos

Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos name-checked American Media, Inc. CEO and National Enquirer Publisher David Pecker in a Medium post that said the National Enquirer tried to blackmail him. Bezos' mention of Pecker sparked headlines that harped on the double entendre, but it's just the latest controversy involving the longtime media boss. Once called the "bad boy of magazine publishing," Pecker is a successful media boss who was most recently also at the center of a controversy surrounding President Donal...
Tags: Amazon, Kim Kardashian, Washington Post, Trends, Hillary Clinton, New York Times, Cbs, Hachette, Bill, Jeff Bezos, National Enquirer, Times, North Carolina, Donald Trump, Elle, Trump


Ex-Enquirer Editor: Bezos Story Was ‘Means Of Kissing And Making Up With’ Trump

A former senior editor for the National Enquirer said Friday that he believes the tabloid’s story on Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos’ infidelity was a way for the publishing company’s chief executive to make amends with President Trump. Jerry George, who previous worked as Los Angeles bureau chief and a senior editor for the Enquirer, told CNBC that there was “somewhat of a falling out” between American Media Inc. CEO David Pecker and Trump after AMI reached a non-prosecution agreement with federal pro...
Tags: Amazon, New York, News, Washington Post, Los Angeles, Jeff Bezos, National Enquirer, Cnbc, Trump, Bezos, Mueller, AMI, Enquirer, American Media Inc, David Pecker, David Taintor


Prosecutors Looking at Whether Bezos’ Enquirer Claims Affect Non-Prosecution Agreement

WASHINGTON — Federal prosecutors are looking at whether Jeff Bezos’s claims that he was blackmailed by the National Enquirer may have violated a non-prosecution agreement that the U.S. Attorney reached with Enquirer-parent AMI last year, the Associated Press reported. AMI avoided being held liable for its role in arranging $150,000 in hush-money payments to Karen […]
Tags: Politics, News, Washington, Karen, Associated Press, Jeff Bezos, National Enquirer, Bezos, AMI, Enquirer


AMI fires back after Bezos' claims of extortion

American Media Inc, the owner of the National Enquirer tabloid newspaper, said on Friday it acted lawfully in its reporting on Jeff Bezos, chief executive of Amazon.com, and that it would thoroughly investigate his claims of blackmail. Tamara Lindstrom reports.
Tags: Amazon, News, Jeff Bezos, National Enquirer, Bezos, AMI, American Media Inc, Tamara Lindstrom


Could the National Enquirer—Bezos scandal end AMI's federal plea deal?

Prosecutors "are reviewing the National Enquirer's handling of their Jeff Bezos reporting to determine if the company may have violated a cooperation deal reached with prosecutors last year," per Evan Perez and Kara Scannell of CNN, citing two sources familiar with the matter. Jennifer Jacobs of Bloomberg reported the news separately around the same time: Scoop: Prosecutors are reviewing whether National Enquirer’s messages to Jeff Bezos about his affair violated tabloid’s deal to avoid prose...
Tags: Post, Politics, News, Bloomberg, US news, Cnn, Jeff Bezos, National Enquirer, Donald Trump, Trump, Bezos, Jennifer Jacobs, Mueller, AMI, Southern District, Evan Perez


Federal Prosecutors Jump On Bezos Case, Review Nat’l Enquirer’s Records

Being rich and famous has its perks. Less than one day after Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos wrote a blog post claiming the National Enquirer blackmailed him over intimate pictures he sent to his mistress, Bloomberg reported Friday that federal prosectors are looking into the case. According to the report, prosecutors in the Manhattan U.S. attorney’s office have obtained communications concerning Bezos. Bezos’ private investigators are also on the hunt, suspecting that a “government entity” is behind t...
Tags: Amazon, News, Bloomberg, Manhattan, Jeff Bezos, National Enquirer, AMI, Bezos Bezos, Kate Riga


Daily Crunch: Bezos accuses National Enquirer of blackmail

The Daily Crunch is TechCrunch’s roundup of our biggest and most important stories. If you’d like to get this delivered to your inbox every day at around 9am Pacific, you can subscribe here: 1. Jeff Bezos accuses National Enquirer of blackmailing him — and publishes the details himself Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos says he is being blackmailed with nude selfies by AMI, owner of the National Enquirer, over claims the publisher has acted as a political operative. In a Medium post, Bezos described the ...
Tags: Apple, Amazon, Spotify, New York, Media, Tech, Sprint, Jeff Bezos, Woody Allen, National Enquirer, Bezos, T Mobile, Allen, AMI, Southern District of New York, Chartbeat


National Enquirer publisher responds to Jeff Bezos' blistering blog post that accused it of extortion

National Enquirer publisher American Media (AMI) says its board will investigate claims made by Jeff Bezos in a blog post accusing the paper of "extortion and blackmail." In a statement to Business Insider, AMI says it believes it "acted lawfully" and "in good faith" in the reporting on the Amazon CEO's affair with former TV anchor Lauren Sanchez. Bezos' team has been investigating who leaked private text messages and photos to the National Enquirer, which published an exposé in the wake of Be...
Tags: Apple, Amazon, Kim Kardashian, Trends, Jeff Bezos, National Enquirer, Donald Trump, Trump, Board, Bezos, AMI, David Hughes, Trump Entertainment Resorts, American Media, David Pecker, Pecker


Ronan Farrow: I received 'blackmail' threat similar to Amazon's Jeff Bezos

Ronan Farrow said Thursday that he received blackmail threats from AMI after reporting on the National Enquirer and President Donald Trump.            [Author: USA TODAY]
Tags: Amazon, Usa, News, Jeff Bezos, National Enquirer, Usa Today, Donald Trump, AMI, Ronan Farrow


Jeff Bezos: AMI defends position on Amazon founder

AMI, owner of a US magazine accused of blackmail by Amazon's founder, says it acted in good faith.
Tags: Amazon, News, US, Jeff Bezos, AMI