Saudi Arabia denies involvement in leak of Jeff Bezos’ non-public messages

In his extraordinary Medium submit final week accusing American Media Inc of “extortion and blackmail,” Bezos hinted (however didn't explicitly state) that there could also be a connection between Saudi Arabia and the publication of his private messages with Lauren Sanchez. Now Saudi Arabia’s minister of international affairs has denied it was concerned, stating throughout an interview with CBS’ “Face the Nation” that the Saudi authorities had “nothing to do with it.” Final month, the Nationwide Enquirer printed a sequence of texts between Bezos, who's separated from spouse MacKenzie Bezos, and Sanchez. In his submit final Thursday, Bezos claimed AMI, the proprietor of the Nationwide Enquirer, threatened to launch messages that included intimate images until he cancelled an investigation into the supply of the leaks and stopped claiming AMI was “politically motivated or influenced by political forces.” Bezos wrote that “the Saudi angle appears to hit a very delicate nerve with” AMI CEO David Pecker, an in depth affiliate of President Donald Trump. (The Every day Beast reported earlier right this moment that Lauren Sanchez’s brother Michael Sanchez was the unique supply of the messages. Michael Sanchez is an in depth good friend of Trump adviser Roger Stone.) Throughout his interview with “Face the Nation,” al-Jubeir mentioned “This sounds to me like a cleaning soap opera. I’ve been watching it on tv and studying about it within the paper. That is one thing between the 2 events. We have now nothing to do with it.” Bezos didn't instantly accuse Saudi Arabia of being concerned within the leaks, however he did word the online of connections between AMI, Pecker, Trump and Saudi Arabia. Bezos owns the Washington Publish, which has reported extensively on the connection between crown prince Mohammed bin Salman and Jamal Khashoggi’s homicide. Khashoggi was a Saudi Arabian dissident who wrote opinion items important of bin Salman for the Publish earlier than he was killed in October. Although the Central Intelligence Company concluded that bin Salman ordered the killing, Trump has repeatedly downplayed or disputed the crown prince’s involvement. “Right here’s a chunk of context: My possession of the Washington Publish is a complexifier for me. It’s unavoidable that sure highly effective individuals who expertise Washington Publish information protection will wrongly conclude I'm their enemy,” Bezos wrote. “President Trump is a type of folks, apparent by his many tweets. Additionally, The Publish’s important and unrelenting protection of the homicide of its columnist Jamal Khashoggi is undoubtedly unpopular in sure circles.” He added “A number of days in the past, an AMI chief suggested us that Mr. Pecker is ‘apoplectic’ about our investigation. For causes nonetheless to be higher understood, the Saudi angle appears to hit a very delicate nerve.” AMI reached an immunity take care of the Division of Justice in December over a hush cash fee to Karen McDougal, who claimed she had an affair with Trump. If Bezos’ accusations of blackmail and extortion are true, its deal could possibly be jeopardized. Pecker’s lawyer Elkan Abramowitz instructed ABC’s “This Week” on Sunday, earlier than the Every day Beast named Michael Sanchez because the Nationwide Enquirer’s supply, that “it's completely not extortion and blackmail. The story was given to the Nationwide Enquirer by a dependable supply that had been giving data to the Nationwide Enquirer for seven years previous to this story. It was a supply that was well-known to each Mr. Bezos and Miss Sanchez.”