Amazon founder Jeff Bezos is investigating the source of the leak of romantic texts published in the National Enquirer. His associates have questioned the brother of the woman he’s dating, according to a bombshell report in the Daily Beast.
Bezos and wife MacKenzie announced they were ending their marriage after 25 years just ahead of the Enquirer story, linking him to former Los Angeles TV anchor Lauren Sanchez. Gavin de Becker, who does security for Bezos, confirmed to the Beast that he questioned brother Michael Sanchez.
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What elevates this story from the usual sordid CEO having an affair angle is the political twist. President Donald Trump routinely attacks Bezos on his Twitter feed and refers to The Washington Post, which Bezos owns, as the “Amazon Washington Post.”
The Enquirer is a pro-Trump publication and has admitted that it used its position to try to influence the 2016 election. So there have been questions raised about whether the Enquirer spent four months tracking Bezos to report on his love life as payback for critical articles written in the Post about Trump.
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Michael Sanchez publicly supports Trump and, according to The Beast, is a “personal and business associate” of Trump associates Roger Stone, Carter Page and Scottie Neil Hughes.
Becker told The Beast that in Sanchez, “strong leads point to political motives.”
In a letter to the Los Angeles Times, Sanchez called himself “a gay man, a Hispanic, a West Hollywood homeowner and strong supporter of Trump,” He often posts anti-media, pro-Trump tweets on Twitter to his 253 followers.
In the Enquirer report, the publication said it got hold of leaked texts that Bezos sent to Lauren Sanchez and published several of them. A sampling: “I love you, alive girl. I will show you with my body, and my lips and my eyes, very soon.”
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USA TODAY has requested comment from de Becker, Sanchez and Amazon and will update the story as replies come in.
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