In his excellent Medium submit final week accusing American Media Inc. of “extortion and blackmail,” Jeff Bezos hinted (however didn’t explicitly state) that there could also be an interchange between Saudi Arabia and the publication of his private messages with Lauren Sanchez. Now Saudi Minister of State for International Affairs Adel al-Jubeir has denied it was concerned, stating throughout an interview with CBS’ “Face the Nation” that the Saudi authorities had “nothing to do with it.”
Last month, the National Enquirer revealed a sequence of texts between Bezos, who’s separated from spouse MacKenzie Bezos, and Sanchez. In he submitted last Thursday, Bezos claimed AMI, the proprietor of the National Enquirer, threatened to launch messages that included private pictures until he canceled an investigation into the supply of the leaks and stopped claiming AMI was “politically motivated or influenced by political forces.” Bezos wrote that “the Saudi angle appears to hit a very delicate nerve with” AMI CEO David Pecker, a detailed affiliate of President Donald Trump.
Bezos didn’t straight accuse Saudi Arabia of being concerned within the leaks. However, he did notice the net of connections between AMI, Pecker, Trump and Saudi Arabia. Bezos owns The Washington Post, which has reported extensively on the relationship between crown prince Mohammed bin Salman and Jamal Khashoggi’s homicide. Khashoggi was a Saudi Arabian dissident who wrote opinion items crucial of bin Salman for the Post earlier than he was killed in October. Although the Central Intelligence Agency concluded that bin Salman ordered the killing, Trump has repeatedly downplayed or disputed the crown prince’s involvement.
AMI reached an immunity take care of the Department of Justice in December over hush cash cost to Karen McDougal, who claimed she had an affair with Trump. If Bezos’ accusations of blackmail and extortion are correct, its deal might be jeopardized. Pecker’s lawyer, Elkan Abramowitz, advised ABC’s “This Week” on Sunday, earlier than the Daily Beast named Michael Sanchez because of the National Enquirer’s supply, that “it’s completely not extortion and blackmail. The story was given to the National Enquirer by a dependable supply that had been giving info to the National Enquirer for seven years previous to this story. It was a supply that was properly-recognized to each Mr. Bezos and Miss Sanchez.”