Who Leaked Jeff Bezos' Text Messages?

Lester Mason
February 12, 2019

A report by the Daily Beast published Sunday alleges that the source of Jeff Bezos' leaked scandalous texts at the center of the public feud between the Trump-friendly National Enquirer and Amazon's founder, CEO, and president was the brother of Bezos' mistress and a "Trumpworld associate". The Associated Press, whose Tuesday report named Michael Sanchez as the source of the leak, cited a person familiar with the matter.

The findings add to the intrigue surrounding the clash between the pro-Trump tabloid and the world's richest man.

Bezos is sometimes derided by Trump due to the fact that the Amazon CEO is also the owner of the Washington Post. The investigators have not said how they believe Michael Sanchez came into possession of his sister's intimate messages.

Sanchez didn't immediately respond to a message seeking comment on Monday. In a January 31 tweet, he said without evidence that Bezos' longtime security consultant, Gavin de Becker, who is leading the private investigation, "spreads fake, unhinged conservative conspiracy theories".

"It was a source that was well known to both Mr. Bezos and Ms. Sanchez", he told Stephanopoulos.

American Media Inc., the National Enquirer's parent company, had so many contacts with Saudi Arabia over the last several years that it asked the Department of Justice in 2018 if it should register as a foreign agent, a person familiar with the matter told The Wall Street Journal.

A Post-created GIF that cycles through texts Jeff Bezos allegedly sent to Lauren Sanchez, according to the National Enquirer. Ben-Veniste had served as special prosecutor during the Watergate scandal.

Bezos said the tabloid later threatened to expose his revealing photos if he didn't have his private investigators back off. AMI was implicated in one of the charges after they admitted to paying $150,000 to gain exclusive rights to former Playboy model Karen McDougal's story of an alleged affair with Trump-a "catch and kill" agreement-in order to kill her story amid the 2016 presidential campaign. On Monday, Fox News judicial analyst Andrew Napolitano said the Jeff Bezos-National Inquirer feud is "bad news" for Trump.

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