No thank you, Mr. Pecker
In a blog post on the Medium.com website, Bezos revealed what he characterized as “extortion and blackmail” by publishing a series of emails he says were exchanged by his and AMI’s attorneys.
“I was made an offer I couldn’t refuse,” wrote Bezos. “Or at least that’s what the top people at the National Enquirer thought. I’m glad they thought that, because it emboldened them to put it all in writing.”
In an email purportedly from AMI Chief Content Officer Dylan Howard, he writes to an attorney for De Pecker that the company obtained “during our newsgathering” several other unpublished selfie photos of Bezos and Sanchez in sexually suggestive settings. ome of Bezos’ text messages were made public last month. Bezos and his wife, MacKenzie Bezos, are getting divorced after 25 years of marriage.
Why does he mention President Trump?
Mr Bezos said his ownership of the Washington Post was a “complexifier” for him because he had made enemies of “certain powerful people”, including President Donald Trump, who is a friend of AMI’s boss David Pecker.
AMI recently admitted it had co-ordinated with the Trump presidential campaign to pay a Playboy model $150,000 (£115,000) in hush money to keep quiet about her alleged affair with Mr Trump.
Here’s how Bezos describes AMI’s proposal
“Be assured, no real journalists ever propose anything like what is happening here: I will not report embarrassing information about you if you do X for me. And if you don’t do X quickly, I will report the embarrassing information.”
“These communications cement AMI’s long-earned reputation for weaponizing journalistic privileges, hiding behind important protections, and ignoring the tenets and purpose of true journalism,” Bezos wrote in his 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.”