Jeff Bezos claims to be blackmailed by "National Enquirer" owner


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Jeff Bezos claims to be blackmailed by "National Enquirer" owner

The Chief Executive of Amazon.com Inc., Jeff Bezos had accused the owner of National Enquirer of attempting to blackmail him, which included threats of publishing intimate photos Bezos allegedly sent to his girlfriend, unless Bezos declared in public that the tabloid’s reporting on him had not been politically motivated.

This particular accusation, published on a blog post, has been the latest addition of a week-long saga, that had brought one of the world’s richest person’s personal life into the spotlight. Apart from the fact of claiming blackmail attempt, the Amazon.com Inc.’s chief may have also jolted him into a deeper battle with a leading US tabloid, which presumably has closer ties with the President of United States.

Bezos wrote in the blog post, “Of course, I don’t want personal photos published, but I also won’t participate in their well-known practice of blackmail, political favors, political attacks, and corruption.

I prefer to stand up, roll this log over, and see what crawls out,” indicating that the Amzon.com Inc. chief executive would not be backing down, and would rather prefer to see to the end of it. Following the announcement of a divorce of Bezos and his wife after 25 years of marital life last month, the National Enquirer claimed that they were going to publish intimate text messages between Bezos and Lauren Sanchez, a TV anchor whom he had been dating.

Shortly after that, Bezos opened an investigation, which found out that the leak was led by a long-term security consultant and former appointee of US president Ronald Regan, Gavin de Becker. Nonetheless, de Becker told the media that the leak was politically motivated and following the leak, the Amazon and the newspaper Washington Post, owned by Jeff Bezos, had been gruesomely attacked by US president Donald Trump in multiple Twitter posts.