Ronan Farrow says National Enquirer tried to blackmail him too

Ronan Farrow says National Enquirer tried to blackmail him too

Ronan Farrow says National Enquirer tried to blackmail him too

The post, which was linked from Bezos' Twitter account, was a remarkable escalation of a spat between the world's richest man and a tabloid known for its loyalty to the president of the United States.

Bezos announced January 9 on Twitter that he was divorcing his wife of 25 years, MacKenzie.

AMI was apparently seeking a disavowal of statements in a story the Post published Tuesday exploring whether The National Enquirer's coverage of Bezos' affair - which featured intimate text messages between Bezos and Sanchez - was politically motivated.

Gavin de Becker, whom the Washington Post described as "Bezos' longtime private security consultant", has been conducting an investigation to determine the source of the leaks to the Enquirer.

In an explosive tell-all blog post published Thursday afternoon, Jeff Bezos accused the publisher of the National Enquirer of trying to extort him.

Instead of making a deal with AMI, Bezos chose to go public, writing: "If in my position I can't stand up to this kind of extortion, how many people can?"

Fine and other AMI executives did not return a request for comment.

A security consultant for Amazon founder and Washington Post owner Jeff Bezos believes the CEO's lurid intimate photos may have been acquired by a "government entity", a reporter at the paper said Thursday. "I hope common sense can prevail - and quickly".

In September, the Justice Department agreed to a non-prosecution agreement with AMI, which requires the company and some top executives, including Pecker and Howard, to cooperate with authorities.

"They said they had more of my text messages and photos that they would publish if we didn't stop our investigation", Bezos wrote.

Then, in an email to de Becker's attorney, AMI Deputy General Counsel Jon Fine referenced Bezos' investigation and the Post's reporting.

In response to Farrow, former Associated Press editor Ted Bridis tweeted, "We were warned explicitly by insiders that AMI had hired private investigators to dig into backgrounds of @AP journalists looking into the tabloid's efforts on behalf of Trump".

Bezos, one of the wealthiest people on the planet, published what appeared to be emails from attorneys representing American Media, Inc. It's unavoidable that certain powerful people who experience Washington Post news coverage will wrongly conclude I am their enemy.

Bezos, 55, asserted to AMI through his lawyers that the Enquirer has no right to publish the revealing photos, arguing that he and Sanchez hold the copyright to their own images, and that the photos "don't add anything newsworthy".

Laurie Levenson, a former federal prosecutor and professor at Loyola Law School in Los Angeles, said the allegations potentially put prosecutors in an awkward position because of the deal they had already cut with AMI.

But as Bezos began to investigate the leak, the tabloid's parent disputed any suggestion that its story was politically motivated.

In one e-mail that Mr Bezos disclosed, Mr Howard wrote that The Enquirer had obtained photos of Mr Bezos and Ms Sanchez as part of its "news-gathering".

Mr Bezos notes in his blog post how the publisher confessed to the so-called "catch and kill" deal to bury Karen McDougal's politically embarrassing story.

"It shows how complicated and unsafe it is to make an agreement with National Enquirer", Levenson said.

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