In his extra special Medium put up closing week accusing American Media Inc of “extortion and blackmail,” Bezos hinted (but did no longer explicitly divulge) that there will seemingly be a connection between Saudi Arabia and the publication of his private messages with Lauren Sanchez. Now Saudi Arabia’s minister of international affairs has denied it used to be exciting, declaring all the intention thru an interview with CBS’ “Face the Nation” that the Saudi executive had “nothing to complete with it.”
Final month, the Nationwide Enquirer published a sequence of texts between Bezos, who’s separated from spouse MacKenzie Bezos, and Sanchez. In his put up closing Thursday, Bezos claimed AMI, the owner of the Nationwide Enquirer, threatened to begin messages that incorporated intimate photos until he cancelled an investigation into the source of the leaks and stopped claiming AMI used to be “politically motivated or influenced by political forces.” Bezos wrote that “the Saudi perspective appears to hit an extremely vivid nerve with” AMI CEO David Pecker,a conclude affiliate of President Donald Trump.
(The Day to day Beast reported earlier this day that Lauren Sanchez’s brother Michael Sanchez used to be the unique source of the messages. Michael Sanchez is a conclude excellent friend of Trump adviser Roger Stone.)
At some level of his interview with “Face the Nation,” al-Jubeir said “This sounds to me enjoy a soap opera. I’ve been watching it on television and reading about it in the paper. Right here’s something between the two parties. We now comprise got nothing to complete with it.”
Bezos did circuitously accuse Saudi Arabia of being desirous in regards to the leaks, but he did expose the online of connections between AMI, Pecker, Trump and Saudi Arabia. Bezos owns the Washington Post, which has reported extensively on the connection between crown prince Mohammed bin Salman and Jamal Khashoggi’s smash. Khashoggi used to be a Saudi Arabian dissident who wrote belief pieces serious of bin Salman for the Post before he used to be killed in October. Even if the Central Intelligence Company concluded that bin Salman ordered the killing, Trump has again and again downplayed or disputed the crown prince’s involvement.
“Right here’s a allotment of context: My possession of the Washington Post is a complexifier for me. It’s unavoidable that race critical other folks that abilities Washington Post info coverage will wrongly stop I’m their enemy,” Bezos wrote. “President Trump is one in all those other folks, glaring by his many tweets. Also, The Post’s principal and unrelenting coverage of the smash of its columnist Jamal Khashoggi is indubitably unpopular in race circles.”
He added “Loads of days ago, an AMI chief educated us that Mr. Pecker is ‘apoplectic’ about our investigation. For reasons restful to be better understood, the Saudi perspective appears to hit an extremely vivid nerve.”
AMI reached an immunity tackle the Division of Justice in December over a hush money payment to Karen McDougal, who claimed she had an affair with Trump. If Bezos’ accusations of blackmail and extortion are factual, its deal will seemingly be jeopardized.
Pecker’s approved professional Elkan Abramowitz suggested ABC’s “This Week” on Sunday, before the Day to day Beast named Michael Sanchez because the Nationwide Enquirer’s source, that “it’s miles admittedly no longer extortion and blackmail. The memoir used to be given to the Nationwide Enquirer by a legitimate source that had been giving info to the Nationwide Enquirer for seven years forward of this memoir. It used to be a source that used to be eminent to each and every Mr. Bezos and Leave out Sanchez.”