Contrary to Jeff Bezos’ suspicions, it wasn’t the White Home, Saudi Arabia or hackers who offered the Nationwide Enquirer with the cache of appealing textual convey material messages that the Amazon founder despatched to his lady friend. As a replacement, in protecting with a original document by The Wall Boulevard Journal, it changed into her brother who shared the deepest messages with the tabloid — after being paid an alleged $200,000 by the journal’s publisher.
Michael Sánchez, a skill agent and Lauren Sánchez’s brother, changed into a longtime supply for the Enquirer, the Journal reported Monday. He’d started talking to the tabloid closing descend about his sister’s relationship with Bezos, the paper said, citing unnamed sources.
The Enquirer had already been trailing and photographing Bezos and Sánchez at the time of those conversations. David Pecker, American Media Inc.’s CEO, reportedly licensed the associated rate to Sánchez so the tabloid may rating the sexually charged textual convey material messages that the couple had despatched to every rather about a.
The Journal’s investigation corroborates a February document by The Each day Beast that had identified Michael Sánchez as the provision of the textual convey material message leak. Sánchez refuted the allegation at the time. He told the Bezos-owned Washington Put up that he did now not fragment the textual convey material messages with the Enquirer; in its set up apart, he suggested that spies for foreign governments, “rival tech companies or ‘deep converse’ actors for the duration of the U.S. government” can also very neatly be the wrongdoer.
The Enquirer printed an 11-page unfold on Bezos’ affair with TV personality and helicopter pilot Lauren Sánchez in January. The tabloid printed photos exhibiting the couple collectively, as well to quotes from their deepest textual convey material messages. The journal alleged the couple had been relationship for now not lower than eight months.
Bezos and his wife of 25 years, Mackenzie Bezos, announced on Jan. 9 that they were getting divorced. Per the Journal, the announcement came forty eight hours after the Enquirer approached the billionaire entrepreneur for observation for his or her account.
The exposé kickstarted an grotesque — and public — combat between Bezos and the tabloid. The Amazon chief hired an investigator, Gavin de Becker, to note into how the Enquirer had bought his deepest textual convey material messages. De Becker told the Put up closing month that Sanchez changed into a area of his investigation.
Bezos claimed in a blog put up closing month that Pecker changed into wrathful about the probe and had attempted to blackmail him. The American Media Inc. chairman threatened to publish extra of his textual convey material messages and images including a “dick pic,” Bezos alleged.
“In draw of capitulate to extortion and blackmail, I’ve determined to publish precisely what they despatched me, despite the deepest value and embarrassment they threaten,” Bezos wrote.
In the blog put up, Bezos suggested Pecker’s shut relationship with President Donald Trump and his ties with the Saudi royal family will beget played a feature within the manager’s decision to push ahead with the Enquirer account.
“It’s unavoidable that effective mighty folks that beget Washington Put up news protection will wrongly stop I am their enemy,” Bezos wrote within the put up. “President Trump is one among those folks, obvious by his many tweets. Furthermore, The Put up’s very valuable and unrelenting protection of the assassinate of its columnist Jamal Khashoggi is indubitably unpopular in effective circles.”
The Saudi royal family has been accused of orchestrating Khashoggi’s killing in Turkey.
Just a few days after Bezos aired his suspicions, the Each day Beast identified Michael Sánchez as the alleged leaker of the deepest textual convey material messages. Per the news outlet, Sanchez, a Trump supporter, “believed the Enquirer pursued its account about Bezos with ‘President Trump’s data and appreciation.’”
Trump has said he had no data of the Enquirer’s account sooner than it changed into printed.