In his extraordinary post last week, accusing American Media Inc. of "blackmail and blackmail," Bezos hinted (but did not explicitly state) that there may be a link between Saudi Arabia and the publication of his personal News with Lauren Sanchez exists. Now Saudi Arabia's foreign minister has denied involvement, stating that the Saudi government "had nothing to do with it" in an interview with CBS "Face the Nation". 19659002] Last month, the National Enquirer published a series of texts between Bezos, which is separated from Ms. MacKenzie Bezos, and Sanchez. Bezos claimed last Thursday that AMI, owner of the National Enquirer, threatened to publish news that contained intimate photos, unless he canceled the source of the leaks and no longer claimed that AMI was "politically motivated Influenced by political forces, Bezos wrote, "The Saudi Angle seems to hit a particularly sensitive nerve." AMI Chief David Pecker, a close associate of President Donald Trump.
(The Daily Beast today reported that the Sanchez's brother, Michael Sanchez, was the original source of the news: Michael Sanchez is a close friend of Trump's advisor Roger Stone.)
In his interview with "Face the Nation," al-Jubeir said, "That sounds to me like a soap opera, I've seen it on TV and read about it in the paper, it's something between the two parties, we have nothing to do with it. "
B ezos did not directly accuse Saudi Arabia of being involved in the leak, but noted the interconnector between AMI, Pecker, Trump and Saudi Arabia. Bezos owns the Washington Post, which has reported at length on the connection between Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman and the murder of Jamal Khashoggi. Khashoggi was a Saudi Arabian dissident who wrote articles on Bin Salman before he was killed in October. Although the Central Intelligence Agency concluded that bin Salman ordered the assassination, Trump repeatedly downplayed or denied the Crown Prince's involvement.
"Here's a link: My ownership of the Washington Post is a complainer to me. It is inevitable that certain powerful people reporting on the coverage of the Washington Post may wrongly assume that I am their enemy, "Bezos wrote. "President Trump is one of those people, obviously through his many tweets. In addition, the indispensable and inexorable reporting by the Post about the murder of its columnist Jamal Khashoggi is undoubtedly unpopular in certain circles.
He added, "A few days ago, an AMI leader advised us that Mr. Pecker was" apoplectic "about our investigation. For reasons that are even better understood, the Saudi angle seems to strike a particularly sensitive nerve. "
AMI obtained an immunity contract with the Department of Justice in December for a silent cash payment to Karen McDougal, who claimed she had an affair with Trump. If Bezo's allegations of extortion and extortion are true, his business could be jeopardized.
Pecker's lawyer Elkan Abramowitz said on Sunday ABC's "This Week" before the Daily Beast named Michael Sanchez as the source of the National Enquirer absolutely did not call blackmail and extortion. The story was transmitted to the National Enquirer by a trusted source that provided the National Enquirer with information for seven years prior to this story. It was a source known to both Mr. Bezos and Miss Sanchez. "