In his extraordinary Medium post last week accused American Media Inc of "extortion and blackmail," Bezos hinted (but did not state explicitly) that there might be a connection between Saudi Arabia and the publication of his personal messages with Lauren Sanchez. Now the Foreign Minister of Saudi Arabia has denied that it was involved, and stated during an interview with CBS & # 39; & # 39; Face the Nation & # 39; that the Saudi government & # 39; had nothing to do with & # 39 ;.
Last month, the National Enquirer published a series of texts between Bezos, separated from his wife MacKenzie Bezos, and Sanchez. In his post last Thursday, Bezos stated that AMI, the owner of the National Enquirer, threatened to release messages containing intimate photos, unless he canceled an investigation into the cause of the leaks and no longer claimed that AMI & # 39, was politically motivated or influenced by political forces. "Bezos wrote that" the Saudi corner seems to be a particularly sensitive nerve with "AMI CEO David Pecker, a close associate of President Donald Trump.
(The Daily Beast reported earlier today that Lauren Sanchez's brother Michael Sanchez was the original source of the messages Michael Sanchez is a good friend of Trump advisor Roger Stone.)
During his interview with "Face the Nation", al-Jubeir said: "This sounds like a soap, I watched it on television and read about it in the paper, something between the two parties, we have nothing to do with it. & # 39;
Bezos did not directly accuse Saudi Arabia of being involved in the leaks, but he did see the web of connections between AMI, Pecker, Trump and Saudi Arabia. Bezos is the owner of the Washington Post, which has extensively reported on the relationship between crown prince Mohammed bin Salman and the murder of Jamal Khashoggi. Khashoggi was a Saudi dissident who critically wrote opinion articles about bin Salman for the Post before he was assassinated in October. Although the Central Intelligence Agency concluded that bin Salman ordered the murder, Trump has repeatedly downplayed or challenged the crown prince's involvement.
"Here is a bit of context: my ownership of the Washington Post is a more complex factor for me, and it is inevitable that certain powerful people who experience Washington Post's reports will mistakenly conclude that I am their enemy," Bezos wrote. "President Trump is one of those people, clearly because of his many tweets, and the essential and unrelenting news from The Post about the murder of columnist Jamal Khashoggi is undoubtedly not popular in certain circles."
He added: "A few days ago, an AMI leader advised us that Mr. Pecker & # 39; is apoplectic & # 39; is about our research. For reasons that are even better understood, the Saudi angle seems to be a particularly sensitive nerve. To hit. "
AMI reached an immunity agreement with the Ministry of Justice in December about a hush money payment to Karen McDougal, who claimed she had an affair with Trump. If Bezos & accusations of blackmail and extortion are true, the deal could be jeopardized.
Pecker's lawyer, Elkan Abramowitz, told ABC's "This Week" on Sunday before the Daily Beast named Michael Sanchez as the National Enquirer's source, saying "it's absolutely no extortion and blackmail. The story was given to the National Enquirer by a reliable source who had given information to the National Enquirer for seven years prior to this story, a source known to both Mr Bezos and Miss Sanchez. & # 39;