The brother of Jeff Bezos' lover is allegedly the one who gave The National Enquirer the Amazon CEO's private texts

Lauren Sanchez

  • The Daily Beast
    reports that it was Michael Sanchez, the
    brother of Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos’ lover, Lauren Sanchez, who
    obtained the couple’s private text messages and passed them onto
    The National Enquirer.
  • Citing “multiple sources” at AMI, the tabloid’s parent company,
    The Beast confirmed what AMI had hinted at earlier on Sunday, that
    a “reliable” source close to both people provided
  • In an extraordinary
    public statement last week
    , Bezos blogged that the tabloid was
    threatening to release the texts as a favour to, or at the behest
    of, US President Donald Trump.

The brother of Jeff Bezos’ girlfriend, Lauren Sanchez, gave
the compromising text messages of a sexual nature to the tabloid
National Enquirer,
The Daily Beast

The Beast cited “multiple sources” inside the tabloid’s parent
company as well as another source close to AMI leaders that Michael
Sanchez was the source of the compromising texts.

AMI has remained largely silent on the source of the messages
that have triggered a political, commercial and nationally moral
upheaval but a lawyer for the company strongly hinted at
Sanchez’s role during a
Sunday morning interview
 on ABC.

A lawyer for AMI and the tabloid’s CEO David Pecker, Elkan
Abramowitz, denied the allegations that the tabloid tried to
blackmail the Amazon CEO.

“It absolutely is not extortion and not blackmail,” Abramowitz,
told ABC on Sunday.

“What happened was the story was given to the National Enquirer
by a reliable source that had been given information to the
National Enquirer for seven years prior to the story. It was a
source that was well known to both Mr Bezos and Miss Sanchez.”

The Daily Beast reportedly put the question to Sanchez’s brother
more than half-dozen times. He did not reply.

Business Insider’s John Haltiwanger
reported that Michael
Sanchez was already the source of intense speculation regrading the

“(Michael Sanchez) is an avid supporter of President Donald
Trump and associate of Trump-linked figures including Carter Page
and the
recently-indicted Roger Stone
, though he denied
being involved

And Abramowitz on Sunday dropped hints that the source was a
long time associate of the tabloid.

“Bezos and Ms. Sanchez knew who the source was,” the lawyer

Hitting back at Bezos’ seeming suggestion that the Trump
administration and the Enquirer’s ties to Saudi Arabia may have
been involved, Abramowitz said the claim was “libel.”

“It was not the White House. It was not Saudi Arabia,” he
added referring to Bezos damning post. “And the libel that was
going out there slamming AMI was that this was all a political
hatchet job sponsored by either a foreign nation or somebody
politically in this country.”

In Bezos’
open letter
, the owner of the Washington Post referred to
several motives and characters that could form the outline of a
conspiracy. Bezos never explicitly connected the dots himself, but
the suggestion was all too clear.

AMI, according to the world’s richest man, had alerted him that
the Enquirer had a collection of saucy, private images of Bezos and
Sanchez. The tabloid threatened to publish them, Bezos said, unless
he put out a statement that he and the
investigator he hired
 to look into the Enquirer’s story
about his affair “have no knowledge or basis for suggesting that
AMI’s coverage was politically motivated or influenced by
political forces.”

“If we do not agree to affirmatively publicize that specific
lie, they say they will publish the photos, and quickly,” Bezos
said .

His blog post went on to outline what he said were efforts by
AMI to get him to deny that the tabloid’s sexy exposé of his
affair had any political agenda or origin.

According to The Daily Beast, another source  in “extensive
communication” with senior leaders at AMI also said that Michael
Sanchez was the supplier of the offending texts.

Bezos essentially accused the National Enquirer of having a
political motive for exposing his affair, and insinuated a Trump

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The brother of Jeff Bezos' lover is allegedly the one who gave The National Enquirer the Amazon CEO's private texts