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National Enquirer Responds To Jeff Bezos Blackmail Accusations

Tyler Durden
February 8th, 2019
Zero Hedge
Comments (16) Read by 1,571 people

This article was originally published by Tyler Durden at Zero Hedge

Update: American Media International – the parent of The National Enquirer – has responded to Bezos’ accusations with a brief statement:

“American Media believes fervently that it acted lawfully in the reporting of the story of Mr. Bezos.

Further, at the time of the recent allegations made by Mr. Bezos, it was in good faith negotiations to resolve all matters with him.

Nonetheless, in light of the nature of the allegations published by Mr. Bezos, the Board has convened and determined that it should promptly and thoroughly investigate the claims.

Upon completion of that investigation, the Board will take whatever appropriate action is necessary.”

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As we detailed earlier, with the world suddenly transfixed by the leaked Jeff Bezos text and “dick-pic” drama, which overnight the world’s richest man (at least until his soon to be ex-wife pockets half his equity stake in Amazon) revealed were used in an extortion attempt by the National Enquirer, a Washington Post reporter said that the investigator hired by the Amazon CEO, Gavin de Becker, believes that text messages leaked to the National Enquirer between Bezos and his girlfriend may have been sent to the magazine by someone in government.

In an appearance on MSNBC on Thursday, Post reporter Manuel Roig-Franzia said that Bezos’s security consultant Gavin de Becker believes that National Enquirer obtained text messages from Bezos through inappropriate means.

“They have begun to believe, the Bezos camp, that this publication by the National Enquirer might have been politically motivated,” Roig-Franzia said Thursday.

“Gavin de Becker told us that he does not believe that Jeff Bezos’s phone was hacked, he thinks it’s possible that a government entity might have gotten hold of his text messages,” he added, strongly hinting that the administration may have been instrumental in the leak of the embarrassing text messages.

As The Hill notes, De Becker’s assertion that Bezos’s phone was not hacked “raises questions as to how staffers at the Enquirer obtained messages that were allegedly sent privately between Bezos and his rumored girlfriend, former TV anchor Lauren Sanchez.”

Bezos and Trump have feuded publicly over Amazon and its relationship with the federal government, as well as over Bezos’s ownership of The Washington Post, which the president says unfairly targets him with negative news coverage. Should it be confirmed that the government in general, or the administration in particular, facilitated the leak, it will promptly escalate the simmering cold war between the world’s richest and world’s most powerful man to a nuclear state.

As a reminder, in a Medium post Thursday night the Amazon CEO said that the Enquirer was attempting to force him to call off his investigation of the tabloid under the threat of further texts being released. The Enquirer is owned by David Pecker, a top ally of President Trump. Pecker has been accused of helping the president kill unfavorable stories about his past affairs during the 2016 election.

Bezos vowed not to fall for “extortion” tactics from Pecker and American Media Inc. which owns the Enquirer. “Rather than capitulate to extortion and blackmail, I’ve decided to publish exactly what [American Media Inc. (AMI)] sent me, despite the personal cost and embarrassment they threaten,” Bezos wrote.

Trump has yet to tweet on the matter.

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Author: Tyler Durden
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Date: February 8th, 2019
Website: https://www.zerohedge.com/

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  1. Maranatha says:

    When Luciferians are in charge, this is what passes for journalism. What a freakshow.

  2. Now children, remember, every single electronic transmission, transaction, and everything you search on the internet, and watch on television is intercepted,stored and processed, by the NSA. They have an algorithm for you and everyone else. If at some later date they wish to release your info to third parties, they will do so. Even if they say they don’t. Children remember, sometimes grownups lie to you. Is it okay to burn Washington, D.C. to the ground?

  3. Bonefortoona says:

    I was wondering how quickly they would blame Trump for Bezo’s lifestyle choices…

  4. The fact that Jeff Bezos, CEO of CIA asset Amazon, is foolish enough to think any electronic communication is “safe”, shows how out of touch with reality these kind of people are.

  5. Anonymous says:

    Sensationalism gets clicks.
    FEAR PORN gets clicks.
    POLITICS gets clicks.
    RELIGION gets clicks.
    If you’ve ever wondered why there’s soooooooo many articles pertaining to the above on a website supposedly dedicated to prepping and bushcrafting,now you know why.

  6. Don’t forget to prep. There I said it. Cyber security is a form of prepping. Just as much as a can of beans.

  7. megadeadbeat says:

    like the nsa or any other government agency would do a thing for trump! meant to intimidate trump is more like it

  8. Anonymous says:

    One eye crossed and one bug eye looking straight forward.
    If that fkr ain’t an android I’ll kiss your ass.

  9. Beaumont 2.0 says:

    There was a personal dispute, between Trump and Bezos, on the issue of the govt budget, paying Amazon’s shipping expenses. Might be totally unrelated. Just saying.

    The art of polite conversation —
    universalclass.com/articles/self-help/etiquette-rules/the-art-of-polite-conversation.htm
    “The art of small talk and polite conversation is quickly dying. Many people are uncomfortable in situations where they have to make small talk with others or chat with people they have just met…”

    bad examples —
    dick pic?
    half your money?

    ^ I think, I found his weakness, right here.

    I’m siding with mgtow and incels, on the issue of state sanctioned marriages, which no critical person can believe in the age of the internet.

    I can deal with no protections, on either side. Or, protections, when they are in my favor.

  10. DMONIC says:

    Had the guy not fucked around on his wife, none of this would have happened. End of story. Who gives a flying fuck about bezos little punkass anyway?

  11. Anonymous says:

    bozos sure is one twisted son of a bitch. Well the whole cia is really.

  12. Priscilla says:

    Half of his face looks normal while the other is all bug eyed bugged out psychotic looking.

    He is certainly one eccentric weird little bastard.