Jeff Bezos publishes National Enquirer extortion emails

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Bezos, the billionaire founder and CEO of Amazon, alleged that AMI threatened to release compromising photos of him and published what he said were emails from AMI detailing what he described as "extortion and blackmail".

"Of course I don't want personal photos published, but I also won't participate in their well-known practice of blackmail, political favours, political attacks and corruption", Mr Bezos wrote of AMI, explaining why he had chose to speak out.

Bezos says in the AMI letters he is publishing, which follows his own narrative, readers will see "the precise details of their extortionate proposal: They will publish the personal photos unless Gavin de Becker and I make the specific false public statement to the press that we 'have no knowledge or basis for suggesting that AMI's coverage was politically motivated or influenced by political forces'". "I hope common sense can prevail - and quickly".

"They have begun to believe, the Bezos camp, that this publication by the National Enquirer might have been politically motivated", Roig-Franzia said.

Bezos includes the emails from AMI in his Medium post.

Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos speaks during an address to attendees at Access Intelligence's SATELLITE 2017 conference in Washington, U.S., March 7, 2017. Cohen pleaded guilty to several federal crimes and admitted that he had made a deal, on Trump's behalf, in which the Enquirer helped Trump's presidential bid by paying $150,000 USA to former Playboy playmate Karen McDougal to buy and bury her story.

That admission was part of a deal between AMI and federal prosecutors, who agreed to not pursue charges against the company for secretly assisting Mr. Trump's campaign by paying $150,000 to a Playboy model for the rights to her story about an alleged affair with the then-candidate. "I prefer to stand up, roll this log over, and see what crawls out". Bezos made the accusations in a Medium post.

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Neither Fine nor an AMI spokesman immediately returned messages seeking comment about Bezos' post.

AMI, the company that owns the National Enquirer is now feeling the heat from Justice Department investigations into potential corruption related to AMI CEO David Pecker's close ties with Donald Trump and the Saudi government.

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

The tabloid magazine released an investigation into Bezos' relationship with Lauren Sanchez (pictured in the gallery alongside Bezos and ex-husband Patrick Whitesell) back in January. He wrote that it's "unavoidable that certain powerful people who experience Washington Post news coverage will wrongly conclude I am their enemy".

"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.

"Gavin de Becker told us that he does not believe that Jeff Bezos's phone was hacked", the reporter continued.

Bezos usually stays out of the public eye, frequently delegating announcements and public Amazon business updates to his executives.

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