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Bezos flags ‘Saudi angle’ in alleged AMI extortion attempt

Bezos flags ‘Saudi angle’ in alleged AMI extortion attempt

Washington (CNN)Jeff Bezos’ spectacular allegation that the National Enquirer attempted to blackmail him discussed the close ties in between the paper’s publisher, David Pecker, and President Donald Trump– and a 2nd, less widely known connection.

While Saudi Minister of State for Foreign Affairs Adel al-Jubeir rejected any connection in between his nation and AMI to CNN, Bezos stated in his Thursday declaration that the link in between the Kingdom and the media business is not yet completely comprehended. He thoroughly set out a web of connections.
The trigger for Bezos’ post was his choice to employ a highly regarded private investigator to learn how texts to his sweetheart were acquired and released by the National Enquirer– and to identify why the paper and Pecker, the AMI chairman, had actually made him a target.

    “Sometimes Mr. Pecker blends everything together,” he composed, explaining a White House supper “to which the media executive brought a visitor with crucial ties to the royals in Saudi Arabia. At the time, Mr. Pecker was pursuing organisation there while likewise searching for funding for acquisitions.”

    Bezos set out reasons both the Trump camp and the Saudis may wish to target him.
    The owner of the Washington Post confessed the paper has actually made the President’s enmity for its ruthless protection of possible collusion in between the Trump project and Russia, and of the numerous monetary disputes of interest produced by Trump’s failure to totally divest from his companies.
    The Post has actually likewise doggedly covered Saudi Arabia’s premeditated murder of its own writer, Jamal Khashoggi, reporting that the CIA has actually concluded the killing was bought by bin Salman, a charge the Kingdom rejects. The Post has actually likewise narrated Trump’s close ties with Saudi leaders along with the President’s continuous rejection to condemn the prince or substantially sanction Saudi Arabia.
    The Post’s protection of Khashoggi’s murder, Bezos composed, “is unquestionably undesirable in specific circles.”
    Principal Deputy Press Secretary Hogan Gidley, speaking with press reporters on the North Lawn Friday early morning, stated he “wasn’t sure” whether Trump understood the circumstance and stated the White House would not be getting associated with something “in between Jeff Bezos and a tabloid publication.”
    Gidley included that he was “not conscious” of the last time Trump talked to Pecker.
    In his post, Bezos detailed Pecker’s resistance handle the Department of Justice associated to the Enquirer’s “catch and eliminate” practice of purchasing unique stories that might have harmed Trump throughout the governmental project and after that increasing them.
    Bezos’ kept in mind that genuine media outlets have actually hypothesized Pecker had actually utilized AMI and the Enquirer for political functions.
        The online sales magnate then detailed the factor for his Thursday post: AMI executives’ risks to release intimate pictures unless Bezos openly specified that he has “no understanding or basis for recommending that AMI’s protection was political inspired or affected by political forces.”
        AMI stated in a declaration Friday that it “acted legally” in its reporting about Bezos’ affair, however that it would “without delay and completely examine the claims” he made in his post.

      Read more: https://www.cnn.com/2019/02/08/politics/bezos-saudi-trump-ami/index.html


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