Amazon CEO accuses tabloid of ‘blackmail’ over intimate photographs

Amazon CEO accuses tabloid of ‘blackmail’ over intimate photos
Amazon CEO accuses tabloid of ‘blackmail’ over intimate photos

WASHINGTON: Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos has accused the writer of the tabloid Nationwide Enquirer, who has been described as a detailed good friend of President Donald Trump, of attempting to blackmail him over lurid photographs.

Bezos, the world’s richest individual, owns The Washington Publish, a frequent goal of Trump as he assails the US media as “enemy of the folks” and a supply of pretend information.

Final month Trump took purpose at Bezos — referring to him as ‘Bozo’ — in what seemed to be an allusion to Nationwide Enquirer reporting of the billionaire’s relationship with former information anchor and leisure reporter Lauren Sanchez.

“So sorry to listen to the information about Jeff Bozo being taken down by a competitor whose reporting, I perceive, is way extra correct than the reporting in his lobbyist newspaper, the Amazon Washington Publish,” he tweeted. “Hopefully the paper will quickly be positioned in higher & extra accountable arms!”

The Nationwide Enquirer accessed non-public textual content messages and final month reported that Bezos had an extramarital affair with Sanchez — a leak that led to his divorce. On Thursday, Bezos stated the tabloid’s mum or dad firm had threatened to publish intimate images he despatched to his mistress.

In a publish on the web platform Medium, Bezos stated Enquirer writer American Media Inc (AMI), led by David Pecker, a good friend of Trump, had threatened to publish the photographs if he didn’t halt an investigation into the motives behind the leak.

In his Medium publish, Bezos pointed to AMI and Pecker’s earlier cooperation with Trump — together with funds made to suppress damaging tales, at present below investigation by federal prosecutors. One entails a former Playboy mannequin who stated she had an affair with Trump.

The hush-money fee, and an analogous one to a different lady, was made on the eve of Trump’s 2016 presidential election victory.

Bezos, in his publish, additionally raised what he referred to as AMI’s hyperlinks to Saudi Arabia. “My possession of the Washington Publish is a complexifier for me. It’s unavoidable that sure highly effective individuals who expertise Washington Publish information protection will wrongly conclude I’m their enemy,” Bezos wrote within the weblog publish.

“President Trump is a kind of folks, apparent by his many tweets. Additionally, The Publish’s important and unrelenting protection of the homicide of its columnist Jamal Khashoggi is undoubtedly unpopular in sure circles.” He added: “Somewhat than capitulate to extortion and blackmail, I’ve determined to publish precisely what they despatched me, regardless of the non-public value and embarrassment they threaten,” Bezos wrote.

Revealed in Daybreak, February ninth, 2019

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