Amazon Chief Executive Jeff Bezos says he was the target of an extortion and blackmail effort by the National Enquirer, a tabloid known for its loyalty to Prznint Stupid.
Let’s see if we can follow the thread laid out by Jeff Bezos’ blog post on Medium:
- The Enquirer broke a story when it revealed WaPo owner and Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos’ relationship with Lauren Sanchez.
- Bezos hired Gavin de Becker to figure out the source of the leaks to the Enquirer, and he concluded that it was “politically motivated.” (AMI boss David Pecker was/is a longtime transactional friend of Prznint Stupid.)
- Bezos: “several days ago, an AMI leader advised us that Mr. Pecker is ‘apoplectic’ about our investigation.”
- Bezos: “They said they had more of my text messages and photos that they would publish if we didn’t stop our investigation.”
- Bezos published multiple emails from AMI. In one email, an AMI lawyer proposed that Bezos would disavow any belief that the Enquirer’s coverage was “politically motivated,” and in exchange, AMI would not “publish, distribute, share, or describe unpublished texts and photos,” which is sort of definitional blackmail.
You should go to Medium to read the blog post; it’s amazing in that Bezos can be so open about what they have on him (spoiler alert: dick pics) and clinical about his reaction to these blackmail threats that he would say essentially, no deal and expose the whole sleazy operation.
So, when you put this in context with the stories from last year about David Pecker being paid by Trump’s fixer Michael Cohen to capture-and-kill Trump’s mistresses stories, we get a better idea of what is the Enquirer’s real business model: extortion.
We also get an idea of the importance of learning what is inside Pecker’s office safe: he has decades of Trump scandals documented in there. So it’s not just the Russians who have Kompromat.
Ehh, as I’ve posted elsewhere on this story AMI is in so far over their heads here the whale shit on the seafloor is closer than the surface.
Perspective: even if AMI did publish all of this and his soon-to-be-ex gets half his fortune as a result, he’ll still be (tied) for 7th wealthiest person in the world .
What the fuck did he have to lose by going public? (note, this puts any other would -be extortionists on notice as well…)
What’s going to be far more interesting is how this changes Pecker and AMI’s immunity agreement. Generally these are predicated on not committing any more crimse, such as, for example, extortion.
(See the new smash hit
Harry PotterPaul Manafort and the World Of Hurt” and it’s probable sequel Harry PotterPaul Manafort and the Milkshake Of Polonium”)
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Yeah! I was thinking “he’s not losing his job, he’s already exposed, he loses nothing but pocket change (to him) by going public with what he’s found and driving a wooden stake through the heart of the blackmail attempt” Also, it seems likely he told the other major players in this drama what he was planning so they could be ready. He takes the hit to his reputation, the wife and girlfriend come off as the injured parties, smiles all around except for Pecker.
If Bezos couldn’t be clinical, BTW, no way he could build an empire like his. It is probably one of his core competencies.
Isn’t this blackmail and isn’t that a “crime”? So where are the cops?
I wonder what a David Pecker plea deal would look like.
I am guessing it will be small and wrinkled.
Best joke I’ve seen yet: https://twitter.com/Psythor/status/1093651376750632960?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw%7Ctwcamp%5Etweetembed%7Ctwterm%5E1093651376750632960&ref_url=https%3A%2F%2Ffeedly.com%2Fi%2Findex
Lemme try that again…
NYPost headline today:
“Bezos Exposes Pecker”.
Works on so many levels LOL.
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