Bezos probe concludes mistress’ brother was Enquirer source

Cornelia Mascio
Febbraio 12, 2019

A report by the Daily Beast published Sunday alleges that the source of Jeff Bezos' leaked scandalous texts at the center of the public feud between the Trump-friendly National Enquirer and Amazon's founder, CEO, and president was the brother of Bezos' mistress and a "Trumpworld associate".

But the Daily Beast, citing people inside American Media, Inc., reported that Sanchez was the Enquirer's source.

Last week, Bezos announced that private pictures (including possibly a "nude selfie") he had sent to his girlfriend, entertainment television host Lauren Sanchez, were somehow intercepted by the National Enquirer, whom he alleged, threatened to publish them in the publication as part of an extortion plot against him, per reporting from the Boston Globe. Sanchez, meanwhile, has declined answering multiple direct questions about his possible role in the leaks. He previously worked at MTV, according to Heavy, and has been married to his husband, Casey Ashby, since 2011. He frequently criticizes CNN and other news outlets on Twitter and echoes many of Trump's positions, including talking about "fake news" and calling the Mueller investigation "McCarthyism" in December.

He also appeared to write a letter to the editor in the Los Angeles Times, where he called himself "a gay man, a Hispanic, a West Hollywood homeowner and strong supporter of Trump".

Sanchez has ties to Trump's circle of oddballs, including recently indicted dirty trickster Roger Stone.

Fox News judicial analyst Andrew Napolitano on Monday argued that the feud between Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos and the National Enquirer could be "bad news" for President Donald Trump.

Reporting from The Daily Beast seems to confirm that fact.

Sanchez posted a photo with Page and Hughes at Politicon last October.

Sanchez didn't immediately respond to a message seeking comment on Monday.

Though AMI has resisted revealing the source of the texts - which include some hot one-liners, like, "I want to hold you tight" - the Daily Beast notes that a lawyer for the company "strongly hinted" that Sanchez was the source during an interview with ABC Sunday.

"The story was given to the National Enquirer by a reliable source that had given information to the National Enquirer for seven years prior to this story. It was a source that was well known to both Mr. Bezos and Ms. Sanchez", attorney Elkan Abramowitz said on Sunday.

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