Bezos's lover's brother leaked texts to the National Enquirer

There’s another shoe to drop’ It sure looks like the Enquirer’s blackmail of Jeff Bezos was meant to protect the Saudi crown prince

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. Michael Sanchez did not immediately respond to The Associated Press' request for comment on Monday.

Though AMI has resisted revealing the source of the texts - which include some hot one-liners, like, "I want to hold you tight" - the Daily Beast notes that a lawyer for the company "strongly hinted" that Sanchez was the source during an interview with ABC Sunday. "Page is a former Trump campaign foreign policy adviser whose trips to Moscow have drawn scrutiny from congressional investigators", the report said.

Napolitano concluded that the actions of David Pecker-CEO of National Inquirer's publisher American Media (AMI)-amounted to "an act of blackmail because it is an effort to prevent [Bezos] from doing what he has a right to do by threat of exposing something".

In this December 14, 2017, file photo, Jeff Bezos attends the premiere of The Post at The Newseum in Washington.

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The Daily Beast, which has been tracking the story of Bezos' private investigation into the leaked texts, spoke with Bezos' security consultant Gavin de Becker, who said they've wrapped up the leak investigation.

It's yet to be seen who's telling the truth, but on Monday, CBS News reported that private investigators hired by Bezos were handing over to law enforcement information they had obtained regarding how those pictures were sent to the publication. The media company's executives supposedly asked him to stop his investigation and release a statement saying its coverage was not politically motivated, in exchange for not publishing a new story featuring the scandalous content.

Federal prosecutors are looking into whether the Enquirer violated a co-operation 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 Mr Trump, sources said.

The people weren't authorised to discuss the matter and spoke on condition of anonymity.

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