Amazon's Bezos says National Enquirer tried to blackmail him over 'intimate photos'

Jeff Bezos accuses the National Enquirer of 'extortion and blackmail'

Hours later, the National Enquirer published a story detailing an alleged affair between the billionaire and entertainment personality Lauren Sanchez, publishing pictures and text messages between the couple.

The blog post came on the same day that Gavin de Becker, Bezos' security adviser, told The Washington Post that he is investigating how text messages between Bezos and former TV anchor and now-paramour Sanchez were obtained and reported by the National Enquirer.

Bezos declined to do so.

It's a long, rambling post, but the gist of it is that - possibly thanks to a deep political/media conspiracy - American Media, owners of the National Enquirer, have been threatening Bezos with the publication of his n00dz, which emerged as part of the sexting scandal which destroyed his marriage.

A Wednesday email outlining the terms under which AMI sought to extract a statement from Bezos and de Becker was apparently sent by Jon Fine, who joined AMI as deputy general counsel in November. "I hope common sense can prevail - and quickly".

Bezos said the statement AMI was proposing was false and described the offer as an "extortionate proposal".

Bezos, who owns more than US$120 billion in Amazon stock, said in his blog: "If in my position I can't stand up to this kind of extortion, how many people can?"

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".

The National Enquirer, run by David Pecker, a friend of Mr Trump, has historically been supportive of the US President, and a year ago it was implicated in payments made before the election to a woman who claimed she had had an affair with Mr Trump, made in order to silence her.

On Thursday, the 55-year-old penned an essay on Medium with claims about the company's alleged plan to publish what they allegedly referred to as his "d*ck picks", along with other scandalous shots of Bezos and Sanchez.

A lawyer for American Media did not immediately respond to a call seeking comment.

The Enquirer was also a major booster of Trump during the presidential campaign.

Other photos described in the email include half-dressed selfies of Bezos in a variety of situations, and photos of his new partner Lauren Sanchez that Howard described as "revealing her cleavage".

A lot of them are pretty standard sexting gear, and I pass no judgement on Bezos or his alleged mistress for the majority of the contents revealed.

Bezos also raised the publisher's links to Saudi Arabia - whose Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman is accused of directing the murder of Post columnist Jamal Khashoggi. And of course it's possible that the Enquirer might have sought to destroy Bezos believing that it'd please Trump but without ever being asked to do anything by the president. It was allegedly using the blackmail attempt to stop Bezos from carrying out an investigation into how it had got access to the text messages. "It's ripped right out of the law books".

"It shows how complicated and unsafe it is to make an agreement with National Enquirer", Levenson said. That's one of the dangers to democracy of what they were engaged in when they were catching and killing information they could have used against Candidate Trump and now President Trump.

· Mr Bezos face selfie at what appears to be a business meeting.

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