Brother of Jeff Bezos' girlfriend questioned in leaked texts probe

13 February, 2019, 02:39 | Author: Regina Silva
  • In this ever-more connected age more and more personal data is stored online- from social security numbers to bank details driver's license numbers and personal addresses

The source had provided information to the company for at least seven years, Elkan Abramowitz, an attorney for American Media Inc. chief executive David Pecker, said on ABC's This Week programme.

According to sources with knowledge of what Bezos's investigation uncovered, Lauren Sanchez's brother Michael Sanchez was the individual who was supplying the texts to AMI.

"It was a source that was well known to both Mr. Bezos and Ms. Sanchez", he told Stephanopoulos.

Federal prosecutors are also looking into whether the Enquirer violated a cooperation and non-prosecution agreement that recently spared the tabloid and top executives from charges for paying hush money to a Playboy model who claimed she had an affair with Trump, two people familiar with the matter told the AP. Sanchez, meanwhile, has declined answering multiple direct questions about his possible role in the leaks.

American Media, Inc., which owns the National Enquirer, fired back at Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos Friday after he publicly accused the publication of extortion and blackmail.

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The Daily Beast underscores that there is no indication that Sanchez hacked his sister's phone and that he hasn't been charged with any crime, noting that the Bezos investigation found no evidence of hacking.

He suggested the Enquirer coverage was politically motivated as Mr Pecker is a close friend of Donald Trump, while Mr Bezos owns The Washington Post, which the USA president believes has a vendetta against him.

Documents reviewed by The Daily Beast show that Michael Sanchez believed the Enquirer pursued its story about Bezos with "President Trump's knowledge and appreciation"-a chase encouraged, in Sanchez's estimation, by Republican operatives "who THINK Jeff gets up every morning and has a WaPo meeting to plot its next diabolical attack on President Trump".

On Sunday, an attorney for the head of American Media, which owns the Enquirer, said that the information for the story had been provided by a "reliable source" well-known to Bezos and Lauren Sanchez. Jubeir said he was not aware of any links between the Saudi government and AMI or its CEO David Pecker.

Read the report here.

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