A security analyst for Jeff Bezos has found that the Saudis have received texts from the Amazon CEO's phone that were also used for a National Enquirer story, the investigator revealed on Daily Beast Saturday.
Investigator Gavin De Becker wrote that his team and "several experts concluded with great conviction that the Saudis had access to Bezos' telephone and received private information." Owner of the Enquirer – "knew about the details" of the Saudi operation. However, he accused AMI of "being in an alliance with a foreign nation that has been actively trying to harm American citizens and businesses."
Information and photos of Bezos' phone were provided by the Enquirer for a story in January about Bezos & # 39; Extraordinary Affair This was linked to the breakup of his marriage.
The Saudis attacked Bezos last year over the Washington Post's report on the Washington Post's assassination of journalist Jamal Khashoggi last year, according to media reports. Khashoggi, a Saudi citizen living in the US, wrote for the Bezos Post Office. American intelligence agencies have stated that his murder was ordered by Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Salmon.
AMI also threatened to publish explicit personal Bezos photos in the Enquirer ̵
The demands included a public statement by De Becker stating that no hacking was involved in obtaining Bezos information and that the story was not "instigated, dictated or influenced". by external forces, politically or otherwise, "he wrote. He and Bezos refused to sign.
Bezos revealed his experience with AMI, which he described as blackmail and extortion, in a play he wrote last month in Medium.
Bezos was also a target for President Donald Trump, who is close to the Saudis and does not like the Post's coverage of his presidency.
Trump did not condemn the Saudi government for killing Khashoggi. Instead, Reuters reported last week that Trump's Energy Secretary Rick Perry has approved six secret permits from companies to sell nuclear power technology and equipment to Saudi Arabia.
David Pecker, chief executive of AMI, has admitted to having participated in a "catch" and "kill" to buy and bury stories of women during the presidential campaign that claimed to have had ties with Donald Trump ,
Pecker is now working with federal officials to investigate potential campaign finance violations, as money has been used to hide information from presidential elections before voters.
In previous media reports, Michael Sanchez – the brother of Bezos & # 39; beloved Lauren Sanchez – was identified as the source of Enquirer information. He was paid by AMI for $ 200,000. However, De Becker came to the conclusion that he was not the only source. He also found that AMI was suspicious of finding his source. Sanchez told Page Six that the editors had already seen the texts of Bezos when AMI reached out to him.
De Becker has forwarded his findings to federal officials investigating Bezos' blackmail allegations. He wrote that he would not comment on the Bezos case any further.
AMI and the Enquirer were not immediately available for comment.