In his extraordinary, medium-sized post, which last week accused American Media Inc of "extortion and extortion", Bezos (but not explicitly) suggested that there could be a connection between Saudi Arabia and the release of his personal messages with Lauren Sanchez. Now Saudi Arabia's Foreign Minister has shown that it was involved, during an interview with CBS & # 39; "Face the Nation" that the Saudi government had "nothing to do with it."
Last month, National Enquirer published a series of texts between Bezos, separated from wife MacKenzie Bezos and Sanchez. Bezos argued that AMI, the owner of the National Enquirer, threatened to release messages that included intimate images, unless he interrupted an investigation of the leak source and stopped claiming that AMI was "politically motivated or influenced by political forces." Bezos wrote that "Saudi ̵
(The Daily Beast reported earlier today that Lauren Sanchez's brother Michael Sanchez was the original source of the messages. Michael Sanchez is a close friend of the Trump consultant Roger Stone.)
In his interview with "Face the Nation" said al-Jubeir "This sounds like a soap opera. I've seen it on television and read about it in the paper. This is something between the two parties. We have nothing to do with it."
Bezos did not accuse Saudi Arabia to be involved in leaks, but he noted the network of connections between AMI, Pecker, Trump and Saudi Arabia. Bezos owns the Washington Post, which has reported a lot about the relationship between Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman and Jamal Khashoggi's murder. Khashoggi was a Saudi Arabian dissident who wrote bin Salman's criticism for the post before being killed in October. Although the Central Intelligence Agency concluded that bin Salman ordered the murder, Trump has repeatedly prioritized or disputed the Crown Prince's engagement.
"Here is some context: My ownership of the Washington Post is a complication for me. It is inevitable that certain powerful people who experience the Washington Post news coverage will mistakenly conclude that I am their enemy," Bezos wrote. "President Trump is one of those people, obviously by his many tweets. In addition, Posten's important and unsustainable coverage of the murder of his colonist Jamal Khashoggi is undoubtedly unpopular in certain circles."
He added "Several days ago, an AMI "Leads us that Mr. Pecker is" apoplectic "about our investigation. For reasons to be better understood, the Saudi angle seems to hit a particularly sensitive nerve."
AMI reached an immunity agreement with the Ministry of Justice in December over a housing allowance to Karen McDougal, who claimed she had a trump affair. If Bezo's accusations of extortion and extortion are true, his deal could be compromised.
Pecker's lawyer Elkan Abramowitz told ABC's "This Week" Sunday before the Daily Beast was named Michael Sanchez as National Enquirer's source, that "it is certainly not extortion and extortion. History was given to the National Enquirer by a reliable source like had provided information to the National Enquirer for seven years before this story. It was a source known to both Mr. Bezos and Miss Sanchez. "