In the extraordinary letter of the Amazon founder Jeff Bezos which reveals the obvious attempt by the National Enquirer to blackmail it, one detail led to intense speculation: Bezos linked the effort to ties of the tabloid with the Saudi government.
Bezos wrote in a post of Medium that American Media, the parent company of The Enquirer, threatened to publish nude photos and details of his relationship with the former actress Lauren Sanchez unless he had not made a statement saying he had "no knowledge" that the coverage of his relationship with the Enquirer was "politically motivated or influenced by political forces".
Bezos noted that David Pecker, the head of AMI and a longtime associate of President Trump, "recently entered into an [1
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"Mr. Pecker and his company have been investigated for various actions they have undertaken on behalf of the Saudi government," added Bezos.
Bezos cited a New York Times report revealing that Trump "rewards" Pecker's loyalty by inviting him to a dinner at the White House with a guest attached to the royal family in Saudi Arabia, where Pecker was pursuing business opportunities.
The Times reported that Pecker traveled to Saudi Arabia after the trip to meet the Saudi hereditary prince Mohammed bin Salman and even believed that the Saudis would help finance his coveted acquisition of Time magazine.
In view of that visit, AMI published a glossy 100-page magazine that was essentially a promotional leaflet for Saudi Arabia and Prince Mohammed.
Bezos' revelations arrived the same day that the Times reported that the Saudi prince told a high helper in 2017 that he would use a "bullet" on Jamal Khashoggi, the murdered Washington Post journalist last October, according to the intercepts of American intelligence. President Trump and his associates have repeatedly downplayed the American intelligence discoveries and defended Prince Mohammed, who reported closing with Trump's son-in-law Jared Kushner.
the same day that the Wall Street Journal reported that Prince Mohammed was actively recruiting American media to rebuild his image in the West. According to the report, he met on a yacht with Shane Smith, co-founder of Vice Media, to discuss "an international media empire to fight the rivals of the kingdom and rebuild its image in the West".
Bezos wrote that a "leader" AMI told his team that Pecker was "apoplectic" for the investigation that Bezos had launched on texts and images stolen from his phone. "For reasons yet to be better understood, the Saudi angle seems to strike a particularly sensitive nerve," Bezos wrote.
It is unclear what the connections of Saudi Arabia are to the attempt to blackmail, but Bezos' chief of security, Gavin de Becker, believes that the texts and photos were not obtained by hacking the Bezos phone.
Instead, according to Washington Post Manuel Roig-Franzia, de Becker believes "it is possible that a governmental entity could get [Bezos’] text messages."
In December, former National Enquirer editor for a long time Jerry George linked Pecker, Trump and the Saudis in an interview to MSNBC in which he explained that Pecker was using the coverage of the his company to help the Trump campaign and the Saudis in order to obtain financing for acquisitions George said that Pecker was to malicious information to be used as exchange coins.
"David approached Trump's friends, including Saudi money and Jared Kushner's banking friends," George told the host Ari Melber. So he eventually picked up some exchange coins that he planned to use in time to get something he needed. "
George continued to quote pro-Saudi propaganda that AMI had published as" suspect "because the company was" poor in money "and" suddenly "had an" influx of money ".
"I think there's another one to throw away," he said. "I mean, the special consultant's attention is moving towards, you know, the role of the Saudis in all this … they might not still be in trouble. "