Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos has accused the U.S. tabloid "National Enquirer" of extortion with the most evil methods. In an open letter, the entrepreneurs stated that the leaf had threatened with the publication of intimate private photos, if he should not set him initiated investigations against the magazine. He accused the chief of "the Enquirer"-publisher American Media Inc. (AMI), David Pecker, to be behind the extortion attempt. Pecker is a long-time Confidante of US President Donald Trump and think it is probably "mistaken for the enemy," wrote the owner of the "Washington Post" in his letter.
Background Bezos' separation from his wife, MacKenzie, and his relationship with another woman. The couple had announced last month that it wants to leave after 25 years of marriage, a divorce. A little later the "National Enquirer" made the affair of the Amazon leaders with the former TV presenter Lauren Sanchez publicly and spread, among other things, intimate text messages and photographs of him.
Bezos was forced to investigate how the leaf had reached this Material. He said that means men of Pecker would have asked him then, do not do this. You didn't tell him, if he was doing this, would make the publishing house naked shots and other raunchy photos of him and his Lover in public. AMI asked him to make a public statement, in which he should explain that the sheet was not motivated in its reporting of political or influenced.
Instead of bending to the blackmail and the suggestion of a secret deal with AMI to agree, he decided to make the threats public, wrote Bezos in the on the Portal, "Medium" published a Blog entry. "You said you had news, more text and photos that you would publish, if we would not set our investigation," wrote the entrepreneur. To do this, he E-Mails, according to his account, from the home of American Media, Inc. come.
Bezos, 54, is the founder and CEO of the U.S. Internet giant Amazon and, according to "Forbes" currently the richest person in the world. The US magazine has estimated his personal assets last approximately 136,9 billion dollars (€118.8 bn). He purchased the "Washington Post" with their critical reporting on the President again and again the displeasure Trumps, which accuses the internationally respected newspaper persistently "Fake News".
In the election campaign was Hillary Clinton the victim
David Pecker and the "National Enquirer" for headlines - especially in connection with Donald Trump. The Trump published sympathetic scandal sheet during the presidential election campaign, among other things, the photo of a supposedly from death, drawn to Hillary Clinton. The title: "Hillary: to live another six months."
in addition, Pecker and be a publishing played a role in the hush money scandal Trump. American Media, Inc. (AMI) paid to the former Playmate Karen McDougal, who claims to have an affair with Trump had $ 150,000 for the rights to their story. The "National Enquirer" published but never. The sheet should have the rights secured, to the alleged affair. The method is in the United States as a "catch and kill" known (to begin: "and destroy"). AMI admitted in December to have the money paid - but denied the alleged purpose behind it.More about
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The working methods of the publishing Empire of Pecker Bezos has announced the fight. "If I can't raise my Position against this extortion, how many people it can be then?" he asks in his open letter. "Of course I don't want to see personal photos posted, but I'm not going to participate in your well-known extortion methods, in their political favors, political attacks and corruption." He chose, instead, to turn the tables and see", what comes to the fore". (dpa)