Who Leaked Jeff Bezos' Text Messages?

Trump defender Alan Dershowitz goes down in flames while defending National Enquirer’s ‘extortion-ish’ threat to Jeff Bezos

Trump defender Alan Dershowitz goes down in flames while defending National Enquirer’s ‘extortion-ish’ threat to Jeff Bezos

A report by the Daily Beast published Sunday alleges that the source of Jeff Bezos' leaked scandalous texts at the center of the public feud between the Trump-friendly National Enquirer and Amazon's founder, CEO, and president was the brother of Bezos' mistress and a "Trumpworld associate".

That is according to a source who spoke to the Associated Press.

The findings add to the intrigue surrounding the clash between the pro-Trump tabloid and the world's richest man. Bezos' investigators have suggested the Enquirer's coverage of his affair was driven by dirty politics. Still unresolved: why Sanchez allegedly supplied the information to the Enquirer; why the Enquirer promoted a story about Bezos with such vigor; what, if anything this had to do with the Enquirer's long-standing support for Trump; why its parent company was so bothered by the suggestion that it was motivated by "external forces, political or otherwise"; and why AMI tried to later coerce Bezos with a previously unreleased "d*ck pick".

He appears to be friends with Roger Stone and Carter Page, according to the Washington Post. Carter Page, a former Trump advisor who is being investigated by Mueller for his ties to Russian Federation during the presidential campaign, also describes Sanchez as a friend.

Sanchez didn't immediately respond to a message seeking comment on Monday.

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In late January, The Daily Beast reported that Gavin de Becker, Bezos's security consultant leading his investigation into the leak, was interviewing Sanchez.

Last week, Bezos announced that private pictures (including possibly a "nude selfie") he had sent to his girlfriend, entertainment television host Lauren Sanchez, were somehow intercepted by the National Enquirer, whom he alleged, threatened to publish them in the publication as part of an extortion plot against him, per reporting from the Boston Globe. The source had provided information to the company for at least seven years, Elkan Abramowitz, an attorney for American Media Inc. chief executive David Pecker, said on ABC's "This Week".

"It was a source that was well known to both Mr. Bezos and Ms. Sanchez", he told Stephanopoulos. "We have turned our conclusions over to our attorneys for referral to law enforcement", he told the outlet Sunday, but declined giving further details.

Federal prosecutors are also looking into whether the Enquirer violated a cooperation and non-prosecution agreement that recently spared the tabloid and top executives from charges for paying hush money to a Playboy model who claimed she had an affair with Trump, two people familiar with the matter told the AP.

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