Jeff Bezos BLASTS ‘National Enquirer’ Over Alleged D**k Pic Extortion Plan!

Jeff Bezos BLASTS ‘National Enquirer’ Over Alleged D**k Pic Extortion Plan!

Mr. Bezos said he made a decision to publish the emails sent to his team "rather than capitulate to extortion and blackmail", despite the "personal cost and embarrassment they threaten".

Bezos subsequently hired a private investigator to find the source of those leaked text messages, and determine whether the publication was looking to use the alleged affair as political payback for the reporting of the Washington Post, which the Amazon CEO acquired back in 2013.

Bezos, who owns more than $120 billion in Amazon stock, continued, "If in my position I can't stand up to this kind of extortion, how many people can?" Chief Executive Officer Jeff Bezos accused the National Enquirer and its publisher David Pecker of extortion and blackmail, stepping up a war of words between the world's richest man and a confidant of U.S. President Donald Trump.

On MSNBC Thursday night, Washington Post reporter Manuel Roig-Franzia said he had "spoken extensively" with the head of Bezos' investigation, security consultant Gavin de Becker.

The alleged extortion raises questions among some legal observers about whether AMI and its chief executive David Pecker have violated a cooperation agreement AMI made a year ago with federal prosecutors in connection with a $150,000 hush-money payment given to Karen McDougal, the Playboy model who claims she had an affair with President Donald Trump.

A spokesman for the US attorney's office in Manhattan did not immediately comment on Bezos' assertion that AMI had committed extortion.

That admission was part of a deal between AMI and federal prosecutors, who agreed to not pursue charges against the company for secretly assisting Trump's campaign by paying $150,000 USA to a Playboy model for the rights to her story about an alleged affair with the then-candidate.

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"AMI, the owner of the National Enquirer, led by David Pecker, recently entered into an immunity deal with the Department of Justice related to their role in the so-called "Catch and Kill" process on behalf of President Trump and his election campaign".

So instead of quietly capitulating to avoid embarrassment, Bezos wrote his first-ever Medium post, making public the tabloid's threats and demands.

"If we do not agree to affirmatively publicize that specific lie, they say they'll publish the photos, and quickly", Bezos writes.

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"It's unavoidable that certain powerful people who experience Washington Post news coverage will wrongly conclude I am their enemy", Bezos wrote.

"I and at least one other prominent journalist involved in breaking stories about the National Enquirer's arrangement with Trump fielded similar "stop digging or we'll ruin you" blackmail efforts from AMI", Farrow tweeted Thursday evening.

Bezos's investigators have suggested the Enquirer's coverage of his affair was politically motivated. They'd no longer be exclusively an embarrassment to Bezos, they'd be smoking-gun proof of the Enquirer's allegedly extortionate business practices. The deal not to prosecute was conditional on AMI not committing another crime, the office said.

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