Jeff Bezos accuses National Enquirer publisher of blackmail.

Jeff Bezos accuses National Enquirer publisher of blackmail.

Jeff Bezos, CEO of Amazon, says he was blackmailed with nude pictures. AMI, the owner of the National Enquirer and apparently a publishing house that protects the interests of the American president Donald Trump, would have used those photos to put Bezos under pressure.

Bezos, who was in the news recently because of his wife’s divorce, wrote on Medium that he has been put under pressure by the AMI. According to Bezos, he hired researcher Gavin de Becker to find out how the National Enquirer could get hold of certain private messages and images of him. This action by the National Enquirer would be part of attempts to look at Saudi Arabia and the possible interference with the Washington Post, owned by Bezos.

Blackmail with nude pictures

According to Bezos, the fact that he hired researcher De Becker did not go down well with David Pecker, CEO and chairman of AMI. According to Bezos, the fact that Saudi Arabia was being investigated would not have been a good thing. They let me know that they had more of my text messages and photos, which they would publish if we didn’t stop our research, writes Bezos in the blog.

The AMI is said to have asked him to state publicly that he has no knowledge or grounds to suggest that the AMI’s reporting is politically motivated or influenced by political forces. According to Bezos, this is not true and that is why he published the threats.

In the e-mails that Bezos shows, which are supposed to come from the AMI, the publisher describes exactly what kind of images it has of Bezos. This includes nude photographs and images of Bezos with another woman with whom he now has a relationship. The AMI states that these photos can be considered newsworthy, because they would show Amazon shareholders that Bezos would no longer be suitable for his work as CEO.

Although the case originates from research on the Washington Post and the Bezos is quite complex, he says he is fully committed to the newspaper. My stewardship of The Post and my support for its mission will not change and is probably what I am most proud of when I reach the age of 90 and look back on my life.

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