Update: American Media International – the parent of The National Enquirer – has responded to Bezos’ accusations with a brief statement:
“American Media believes fervently that it acted lawfully in the reporting of the story of Mr. Bezos.
Further, at the time of the recent allegations made by Mr. Bezos, it was in good faith negotiations to resolve all matters with him.
Nonetheless, in light of the nature of the allegations published by Mr. Bezos, the Board has convened and determined that it should promptly and thoroughly investigate the claims.
Upon completion of that investigation, the Board will take whatever appropriate action is necessary.”
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As we detailed earlier, with the world suddenly transfixed by the leaked Jeff Bezos text and “dick-pic” drama, which overnight the world’s richest man (at least until his soon to be ex-wife pockets half his equity stake in Amazon) revealed were used in an extortion attempt by the National Enquirer, a Washington Post reporter said that the investigator hired by the Amazon CEO, Gavin de Becker, believes that text messages leaked to the National Enquirer between Bezos and his girlfriend may have been sent to the magazine by someone in government.
In an appearance on MSNBC on Thursday, Post reporter Manuel Roig-Franzia said that Bezos’s security consultant Gavin de Becker believes that National Enquirer obtained text messages from Bezos through inappropriate means.
“They have begun to believe, the Bezos camp, that this publication by the National Enquirer might have been politically motivated,” Roig-Franzia said Thursday.
“Gavin de Becker told us that he does not believe that Jeff Bezos’s phone was hacked, he thinks it’s possible that a government entity might have gotten hold of his text messages,” he added, strongly hinting that the administration may
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