the Story began on January 9, the day after that, Amazon founder and world's richest man, announced that he and wife MacKenzie Bezos to differ. The National Enquirer then published what they call their ”greatest review in the history of the magazine”, an exposé about Jeff Bezos extra-marital affair with the news anchor and tv host Lauren Sanchez, among other things, known from dansprogrammet ”So you think you can dance”.
in Addition to paparazzibilder and observations of the couple's secret hits on different parts of the united states, the newspaper also the text messages from Bezos to Sanchez, where he should have written ”I'm crazy about you. The whole you”, writes the New York Times.
hired Bezos security Gavin De Becker to investigate how the newspaper got access to the messages. The Becker came to the conclusion that the publication was ”politically motivated”, but to develop more on how he arrived at this.
however, There is no previously known motif. National Enquirers owner, David Pecker, is a good friend of Donald Trump, and the magazine has, among other things, admitted that they tried to help the president by buying up the story of the Trumps child with a Playboy model Karen McDougal, then make sure that the story was not published before the presidential election.
Jeff Bezos is, in turn, the owner of the Washington Post, the newspaper which stands for continuous audits of the White house.
the National Enquirer, and its owner American Media Inc (AMI), is reported to also be worried about the Becker investigation may reveal other things, such as linked to the newspaper's business interests in saudi Arabia.
to David Pecker have been upset about the commencement of the investigation, and shortly thereafter was contacted Bezos lawyers with an ”offer”. First orally and then by e-mail, a message that Bezos then published in its entirety on the blog.
Where the type of AMI's representative to have access to a number of the transmission images on both Bezos and Sanchez. ”No publisher would think about to send this email. I hope that common sense can prevail – and quickly”, concludes the e-mail.
in order to refrain the publication of the photos, instead they wanted AMI to Bezos and his investigators would release a statement where they publicly denied that the National Enquirers publication would be politically motivated.
Bezos chose, however, as he himself writes, ”stand up, turn on this log and see what crawls out” and instead publish the AMI's messages and the details of his private pictures.
”If I am not in my position can stand up to this kind of blackmail, how many others would be able to do it?”, he writes and claims that several people have contacted his investigators with similar experiences of AMI's methods.
in the technology - and mediekretsar to set themselves on Bezos page, writes CNN. They list examples of Tweets that they claim shows a consensus around Bezos ”brave and admirable” behaviour.
”What an amazingly effective reaction to blackmail,” writes the Buzzfeeds editor-in-chief Ben Smith.
”I don't love Jeff Bezos in general, but I LOVE Jeff Bezos in particular here,” writes Kara Swisher, the co-founder of the news site Recode.
”amazing that the National Enquirer has behaved so appalling that the whole internet cheering on a billionaire who was caught trying a deal”, writes it to the magazine Wireds editor Nicholas Thompson.
type AMI they believe that they acted according to the rules of reporting on Bezos, calling the allegations of extortion for the ”benevolent negotiations to solve all the issues with him”.
However, the accusations of such a nature that the board gathered and decided to immediately and thoroughly investigate the allegations. After the investigation they will implement measures that may prove necessary.
AP and Bloomberg have federal prosecutors started an investigation into the National Enquirers handling of Jeff Bezos-the publication and subsequent contacts. Specifically, if they, by their conduct, violated the cooperation agreement AMI wrote in order to not be prosecuted for their actions surrounding the Trumps otrohetsaffärer.
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