National Enquirer's David Pecker Flips On Donald To Feds "Dirty Deeds" -- Now With Amazon's Bezos & WaPo!

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WaPo Reporter: Bezos’ Investigators Think ‘Government Entity’ Might Have Leaked His Sexts to National Enquirer ...

On MSNBC Thursday night, Washington Post reporter Manuel Roig-Franzia said he had “spoken extensively” with the head of Bezos’ investigation, security consultant Gavin de Becker. “They have begun to believe, the Bezos camp, that this publication by the National Enquirer might have been politically motivated,” Roig-Franzia said.

“Gavin de Becker told us that he does not believe that Jeff Bezos’s phone was hacked,” the reporter continued. “He thinks it’s possible that a government entity might have gotten hold of his text messages.”

Bezos has published the graphic extortion messages, which you can read here. After his revelations, journalist Ronan Farrow came out with his own accusations against the Enquirer, which you can read about here.

David Pecker, the CEO of National Enquirer parent company AMI, is a longtime ally of President Donald Trump. The company has been cooperating with investigators in the Southern District of New York ever since it admitted to making a $150,000 “catch-and-kill” payment to rid of a story about an alleged affair Trump had with former Playboy model Karen McDougal.
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Just an observation from far: I wonder if the family of Bezos' friend does not approve of this relationship. I wonder what that visit at Bezos headquarter office was about. I wonder if this brother of his friend who seems to be a trumpian was thinking that he had an opportunity to harm Bezos by stealing those photos from his sisters phone and offering them to AMI, not that AMI was seeking for compromat.

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Reminder to self: Do NOT blackmail any billionaires this week.

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Post by Addie » Fri Feb 08, 2019 10:35 am

Saw this on DU from a twit. FWIW


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Addie wrote:
Fri Feb 08, 2019 9:07 am
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WaPo Reporter: Bezos’ Investigators Think ‘Government Entity’ Might Have Leaked His Sexts to National Enquirer ...

On MSNBC Thursday night, Washington Post reporter Manuel Roig-Franzia said he had “spoken extensively” with the head of Bezos’ investigation, security consultant Gavin de Becker. “They have begun to believe, the Bezos camp, that this publication by the National Enquirer might have been politically motivated,” Roig-Franzia said.

“Gavin de Becker told us that he does not believe that Jeff Bezos’s phone was hacked,” the reporter continued. “He thinks it’s possible that a government entity might have gotten hold of his text messages.”

Bezos has published the graphic extortion messages, which you can read here. After his revelations, journalist Ronan Farrow came out with his own accusations against the Enquirer, which you can read about here.

David Pecker, the CEO of National Enquirer parent company AMI, is a longtime ally of President Donald Trump. The company has been cooperating with investigators in the Southern District of New York ever since it admitted to making a $150,000 “catch-and-kill” payment to rid of a story about an alleged affair Trump had with former Playboy model Karen McDougal.
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Post by Orlylicious » Fri Feb 08, 2019 11:06 am

That's funny Addie, means National Enquirer is using AWS (Amazon Web Services) so they are paying Bezos! :lol: AWS is not obligated to provide that service... :- :smoking:

Wonder if Pecker et al's Prime accounts have been canceled and they're blocked from using Amazon? Nah, there's money involved. Think the AMI team uses Amazon for shopping? Would be funny if their orders got mixed up by accident.
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Post by Addie » Fri Feb 08, 2019 12:33 pm

What's been making me all tingly is the Khashoggi murder. Not sure why, so I have no explanation, but I keep expecting it will pull into this story. Am I nutz? :oops:

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The Guardian: Bezos blackmail claims add new twist to tale of Trump, Russia and the media

The remarkable blogpost from Jeff Bezos – Amazon CEO, world’s richest man and owner of the Washington Post – accusing the National Enquirer’s parent company of blackmail adds another bizarre strand to the tangled web tying together Donald Trump, the media and the investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election. ...

In his blogpost on Thursday, Bezos suggests the Washington Post’s reporting on the murder of its columnist Jamal Khashoggi may have made him a target of Pecker, pointing out that the National Enquirer’s owner, American Media Inc (AMI), produced a glossy pro-Saudi tabloid.

“It’s unavoidable that certain powerful people who experience Washington Post news coverage will wrongly conclude I am their enemy,” writes Bezos. “President Trump is one of those people, obvious by his many tweets. Also, The Post’s essential and unrelenting coverage of the murder of its columnist Jamal Khashoggi is undoubtedly unpopular in certain circles.”

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Post by Tiredretiredlawyer » Fri Feb 08, 2019 1:12 pm

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Inside the Spy Scandal at the Heart of Jeff Bezos’ War With the National Enquirer

A hint where this scandal is headed appeared last night when a Post reporter revealed on MSNBC that Gavin de Becker, the security guru to the stars whom Bezos hired to look into AMI, “told us that he does not believe that Jeff Bezos’s phone was hacked, he thinks it’s possible that a government entity might have gotten hold of his text messages.”

Moscow’s close and mysterious relationship with our president is no secret to readers of this column, so Russian covert involvement needs to be seriously considered here. Amazon has large-scale ambitions in China, and perhaps those led to concerns in Beijing, which conducts aggressive espionage operations inside the United States too. Israel has close connections to Team Trump, including questionable ties between members of the president’s inner circle and individuals known to have a tight relationship with Israeli intelligence.


Another suspect is Saudi Arabia, which incurred the wrath of The Washington Post by murdering and dismembering their columnist Jamal Khashoggi in Istanbul last October. Bezos referenced that awful crime in his blog post, including the line, “Pecker and his company have also been investigated for various actions they’ve taken on behalf of the Saudi Government,” explaining that AMI is seeking Saudi funding. Bezos added, “Several days ago, an AMI leader advised us that Mr. Pecker is ‘apoplectic’ about our investigation. For reasons still to be better understood, the Saudi angle seems to hit a particularly sensitive nerve.”

The Amazon CEO is more than hinting that Riyadh is mixed up in AMI activities in a nefarious way, something which Pecker is desperate to obscure. If Saudi intelligence possesses the ability to intercept text messages inside the United States, that may be the key to this mystery. Here the Kingdom’s close security relationship with Israel perhaps provides a clue. Israeli security firms sell cutting-edge espionage software and interception gear to countries all over the world, Saudi Arabia included.
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Why do I worry that a large number of teenage boys are going to be taking 'd*ck pick’ selfies? ;)
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Addie wrote:
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Saw this on DU from a twit. FWIW

It means that the National Inquirer is using Amazons Cloud services AWS as its service provider.

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Post by PaulG » Fri Feb 08, 2019 2:05 pm

This article seems to discard the Trump angle, but what other motivation can there be than to do Trump a favor? If not Russia then some MAGA type in the NSA/FBI?

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Ex-Enquirer Editor: Bezos Story Was ‘Means Of Kissing And Making Up With’ Trump

Jerry George, who previous worked as Los Angeles bureau chief and a senior editor for the Enquirer, told CNBC that there was “somewhat of a falling out” between American Media Inc. CEO David Pecker and Trump after AMI reached a non-prosecution agreement with federal prosecutors over the company’s decision to “catch and kill” Karen McDougal’s story about an alleged affair with Trump.

“The Bezos divorce ordinarily wouldn’t have been registered on the Enquirer Richter scale other than he is the archenemy of President Trump,” George told CNBC. “So after the Mueller investigation and after AMI became involved in the investigation, there was somewhat of a falling out. I think American Media and David Pecker tried to make amends and brought this divorce story to the President as a means of kissing and making up.”

The board of AMI announced Friday it will investigate Bezos’ claims. Federal prosecutors in New York are also taking a look at the case, according to reports, to see if AMI violated its pledge not to commit any crimes.
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National Enquirer lawyer accused of threatening Bezos worked at Amazon for years

Jon Fine, the deputy general counsel of National Enquirer's parent company who was accused of threatening to publish revealing photographs of Amazon founder Jeff Bezos unless he publicly pushed back against criticisms of the tabloid, reportedly worked at Amazon for nine years before taking on his current job at America Media, Inc.

Fine, whose email address was tied to a series of emails that emerged at the center of the publisher’s feud with Bezos on Thursday, was found to have worked under the billionaire executive as a lawyer, director and then vice president at Amazon between 2006 and 2015, DailyMail.com first reported and his LinkedIn profile also revealed.

After leaving the company in January 2015, Fine reportedly went on to work at several firms before starting his current role as deputy general counsel at AMI in November 2018.

According to emails released by Bezos on his Medium account on Thursday, Fine offered Bezos, who is also the owner of The Washington Post, a deal to keep AMI from publishing allegedly revealing texts and photos from Bezos if the executive publicly refuted a report from the Post that suggested the publisher's “coverage was politically motivated.”
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AMI denied wrongdoing in a statement on Friday and said it "believes fervently that it acted lawfully in the reporting of the story of Mr. Bezos."

According to Bloomberg News, federal prosecutors are currently reviewing the Enquirer's conduct after Bezos accused AMI of "extortion and blackmail.”
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That's a weird twist.
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Post by tek » Fri Feb 08, 2019 7:27 pm

JFC we need new writers, this plot is getting too hard to follow.
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Post by Gregg » Fri Feb 08, 2019 8:29 pm

Dolly wrote:
Fri Feb 08, 2019 6:46 pm
National Enquirer lawyer accused of threatening Bezos worked at Amazon for years

Jon Fine, the deputy general counsel of National Enquirer's parent company who was accused of threatening to publish revealing photographs of Amazon founder Jeff Bezos unless he publicly pushed back against criticisms of the tabloid, reportedly worked at Amazon for nine years before taking on his current job at America Media, Inc.

Fine, whose email address was tied to a series of emails that emerged at the center of the publisher’s feud with Bezos on Thursday, was found to have worked under the billionaire executive as a lawyer, director and then vice president at Amazon between 2006 and 2015, DailyMail.com first reported and his LinkedIn profile also revealed.

After leaving the company in January 2015, Fine reportedly went on to work at several firms before starting his current role as deputy general counsel at AMI in November 2018.

According to emails released by Bezos on his Medium account on Thursday, Fine offered Bezos, who is also the owner of The Washington Post, a deal to keep AMI from publishing allegedly revealing texts and photos from Bezos if the executive publicly refuted a report from the Post that suggested the publisher's “coverage was politically motivated.”
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AMI denied wrongdoing in a statement on Friday and said it "believes fervently that it acted lawfully in the reporting of the story of Mr. Bezos."

According to Bloomberg News, federal prosecutors are currently reviewing the Enquirer's conduct after Bezos accused AMI of "extortion and blackmail.”
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Post by Sugar Magnolia » Fri Feb 08, 2019 8:41 pm

Well, I'm not an attorney, but if I wanted to go after a big fish company I'd probably be looking around to hire someone who knew the inside workings of the company. I'm guessing a former attorney and VP for that company would fit the bill.

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Post by Notorial Dissent » Fri Feb 08, 2019 11:42 pm

Volkonski wrote:
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Why do I worry that a large number of teenage boys are going to be taking 'd*ck pick’ selfies? ;)
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Post by Notorial Dissent » Fri Feb 08, 2019 11:51 pm

Rumor has it that NE has been courting Saudi money and patronage, and they badly need money. They have long been carrying water for LaRump, so attempting to shut down the Post which is seriously irritating both the Saudis and LaRump must have seemed like a win win for them. The problem I see is that both the Saudis and LaRump are at best fickle fair weather friends. They don't seem to be smart enough to see it that way though and it is looking more and more like it is going to come back and bite them in the ass big time.
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