AMI, Saudi Official Respond After Bezos Accuses Nat’l Enquirer of Blackmail

HeadlineFeb 11, 2019

American Media, Inc., which owns the National Enquirer, fired back at Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos Friday after he publicly accused the publication of extortion and blackmail. AMI said it stands behind its reporting and that it acted “lawfully.” Bezos suggested in a blog post last week that the leak of private text messages to the tabloid might be connected to his ownership of The Washington Post, which has been critical of both President Trump and Saudi leadership following the murder of its columnist Jamal Khashoggi. The texts were between Bezos and Lauren Sánchez, with whom he was reportedly having an affair. Saudi officials have also responded to the scandal, denying any involvement in obtaining or releasing the messages. The Daily Beast is reporting that Michael Sánchez, Lauren Sánchez’s brother, is suspected as the source of the leak.

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