Who Leaked Jeff Bezos' Text Messages?

Who Leaked Jeff Bezos' Text Messages?

In an interview Sunday with ABC's George Stephanopoulos, the attorney to AMI CEO David Pecker hinted that Michael Sanchez leaked intimate messages between Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos and TV anchor Lauren Sanchez, Michael's sister. Sources from inside AMI told The Daily Beast that Michael Sanchez was the source of the texts to the National Enquirer. But Michael told Howard Kurtz, a Fox News host, that he didn't do it. "Sanchez says "No way would I be involved in a leak that would be bad for my sister, "' Kurtz said".

When Stephanopoulos directly asked Elkan Abramowitz if the National Enquirer source was Michael Sanchez, Abramowitz said he couldn't disclose who the source is because of confidentiality constraints. Sanchez, meanwhile, has declined answering multiple direct questions about his possible role in the leaks.

Gavin de Becker, Bezos's personal security consultant and a former Justice Department official, said that "strong leads point to political motives" for whoever turned the messages over to the Enquirer.

Bezos ordered the investigation after the Enquirer published a story about the affair last month.

A talent manager and publicist, Sanchez has been married to his husband, Casey Ashby, since 2011.

Sanchez has been outspoken about his support for Trump on his personal social media accounts and in his own writing. 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.

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The matter could soon surround Trump himself.

He appears to be friends with Roger Stone and Carter Page, according to the Washington Post.

Documents reviewed by The Daily Beast show that Michael Sanchez believed the Enquirer pursued its story about Bezos with "President Trump's knowledge and appreciation"-a chase encouraged, in Sanchez's estimation, by Republican operatives "who THINK Jeff gets up every morning and has a WaPo meeting to plot its next diabolical attack on President Trump".

Page, who got involved in the Russian Federation investigation after serving as an early foreign policy adviser to Trump, also told The Daily Beast that he considered Sanchez a "friend" and that his agency represented him in the past.

Sanchez posted a photo with Page and Hughes at Politicon last October. Their investigation into how the National Enquirer and AMI handled the story, de Becker noted, is "ongoing".

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