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Thu Feb 7, 2019, 06:43 PM

Jeff Bezos Accuses National Enquirer of Blackmail

Source: New York Times



SEATTLE — Jeff Bezos, Amazon’s chief executive and the world’s richest man, accused the owner of The National Enquirer on Thursday of trying “extortion and blackmail” to stop his investigation into how his private text messages and photos with his mistress were leaked to the tabloid.

In an extraordinarily personal online post, Mr. Bezos said intermediaries of David Pecker, the chairman of American Media Inc., the nation’s biggest tabloid news publisher and owner of The National Enquirer, had approached him to stop his investigation. Mr. Bezos said he had been told that if he refused, the publisher would make risqué and intimate photos of the billionaire and his mistress, Lauren Sanchez, public.

“Of course I don’t want personal photos published, but I also won’t participate in their well-known practice of blackmail, political favors, political attacks and corruption,” Mr. Bezos wrote of A.M.I., explaining why he had decided to speak out. “I prefer to stand up, roll this log over and see what crawls out.”

The matter began last month when Mr. Bezos and his wife, MacKenzie, announced that they were getting divorced. The couple disclosed their separation just before The National Enquirer published an article exposing that Mr. Bezos was having an affair with Ms. Sanchez, a former television host who is also married.

Read more: https://www.nytimes.com/2019/02/07/technology/jeff-bezos-national-enquirer-blackmail.html

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Reply Jeff Bezos Accuses National Enquirer of Blackmail (Original post)
BumRushDaShow Feb 7 OP
Apollyonus Feb 7 #1
harumph Feb 7 #2
Hekate Feb 7 #3
Stuart G Feb 7 #7
Cha Feb 7 #13
htuttle Feb 7 #4
BumRushDaShow Feb 7 #6
Eliot Rosewater Feb 7 #9
Cha Feb 7 #14
PSPS Feb 7 #5
BumRushDaShow Feb 7 #8
riverwalker Feb 7 #10
Cha Feb 7 #17
Tucker08087 Feb 7 #18
calimary Feb 7 #20
mobeau69 Feb 7 #11
defacto7 Feb 7 #12
Marthe48 Feb 7 #15
torius Feb 7 #16
Tucker08087 Feb 7 #19
calimary Feb 7 #21
mobeau69 Feb 7 #22
BumRushDaShow Feb 7 #23
More_Cowbell Feb 7 #24
jberryhill Feb 7 #28
More_Cowbell Feb 7 #29
jberryhill Feb 7 #31
Tucker08087 Feb 7 #32
benld74 Feb 7 #25
jberryhill Feb 7 #26
GulfCoast66 Feb 7 #27
empedocles Feb 7 #30
Haggis for Breakfast Feb 7 #33
Gothmog Feb 8 #34
nitpicker Feb 8 #35
nitpicker Feb 8 #36
getagrip_already Feb 8 #37

Response to BumRushDaShow (Original post)

Thu Feb 7, 2019, 07:04 PM

1. I hope he sues AMI

and bankrupts them with legal fees.

He has way more firepower.

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Response to BumRushDaShow (Original post)

Thu Feb 7, 2019, 07:17 PM

2. That's one dead Pecker.

You don't fuck with people like this...

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Response to BumRushDaShow (Original post)

Thu Feb 7, 2019, 07:24 PM

3. Sounds like Pecker's going to get effed for a change. I believe he has met his match at last.

Last edited Thu Feb 7, 2019, 08:10 PM - Edit history (1)

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Response to Hekate (Reply #3)

Thu Feb 7, 2019, 07:36 PM

7. Yes indeed..Mr Bezos can play the National Enquirer for a "fool."

Exactly the way the Enquirer has played others for fools. Occasionally the evil assholes bite out more than they can chew, and the chewing destroys the "evil assholes." Strange indeed. 2 evil assholes will be defeated. Mr Pecker will go down...and so will Mr. Trump. But Trumpy will not be defeated by a man, in the end, the power of the House of Representatives, led by a lady will bring Trumpy down. Along with Mr. Mueller, Nancy Pelosi will ultimately one way or another knock Humpty Trumpty off the wall.....
.....And..all the king's horses and all the kings men, will not be able to put Humpty Trumpty together again.......poor Humpty Trumpty.............

..........thank you, and thank you...........

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Response to Hekate (Reply #3)

Thu Feb 7, 2019, 08:08 PM

13. What Schadenfreude Karma, eh!

Who thought that was a good idea to blackmail "the richest man in the world"?

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Response to BumRushDaShow (Original post)

Thu Feb 7, 2019, 07:33 PM

4. I bet Pecker told Trump all about this

Wonder how Pecker got the hacked data, anyway?

Russians, for Trump, again?

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Response to htuttle (Reply #4)

Thu Feb 7, 2019, 07:35 PM

6. Of course he did

Remember that "Bezos = Washington Post"!

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Response to htuttle (Reply #4)

Thu Feb 7, 2019, 07:39 PM

9. Worst humans alive include rump, Pecker, etc.

I hope Bezos is able to shut them down, bankrupt them.

I would actually wish for more but I guess that is all I can hope for.

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Response to htuttle (Reply #4)

Thu Feb 7, 2019, 08:10 PM

14. Yes, I was wondering, too.. how Bezos'

texts were hacked!

Turns out it was a very bad idea.

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Response to BumRushDaShow (Original post)

Thu Feb 7, 2019, 07:34 PM

5. Trump hates Bezos/Washington Post. Pecker does "favors" for trump.

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Response to BumRushDaShow (Original post)

Thu Feb 7, 2019, 07:43 PM

10. Tweet of the day

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Response to riverwalker (Reply #10)

Thu Feb 7, 2019, 08:36 PM

17. LOL.. True Dat! Shine the light on Pecker trying to Blackmail Bezos!



Can you even believe this Good Episode of the Twilight Zone?!

Mahalo, riverwalker

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Response to riverwalker (Reply #10)

Thu Feb 7, 2019, 08:39 PM

18. I'm not sure I'm wanting to see that.

(Sigh!) For the fight for democracy, I guess there isn’t much I won’t do. (Just don’t sign me up for Stormy Daniels’ job. I won’t take THAT ONE for the team!)

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Response to riverwalker (Reply #10)

Thu Feb 7, 2019, 08:55 PM

20. Pretty mind-blowing, 'eh?!

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Response to BumRushDaShow (Original post)

Thu Feb 7, 2019, 07:53 PM

12. I think both sides deserve each other.

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Response to BumRushDaShow (Original post)

Thu Feb 7, 2019, 08:14 PM

15. You'd think that p.o.s. pecker would get a clue

after getting caught up in Mr. Mueller's net.

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Response to BumRushDaShow (Original post)

Thu Feb 7, 2019, 08:26 PM

16. David Pecker picked a peck of dick pics

of billionaire Bezos. Ick, squicked! squawked billionaire Bezos. Now, how many billions will Pecker pay the piper for the dick pics he picked?

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Response to torius (Reply #16)

Thu Feb 7, 2019, 08:50 PM

19. Then how did he not pick a peck of dick pics

of our Pres Cheesedoodle dick? I mean they’ve been everywhere!

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Response to Tucker08087 (Reply #19)

Thu Feb 7, 2019, 08:56 PM

21. DAMMIT!!!

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Response to BumRushDaShow (Original post)

Thu Feb 7, 2019, 09:03 PM

22. Bezos' letter and email chain with AMI.

He dropped two breadcrumbs: Trump and Saudi Arabia.


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Response to mobeau69 (Reply #22)

Thu Feb 7, 2019, 09:10 PM

23. Those weren't even crumbs

they were like whole loaves of bread!

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Response to BumRushDaShow (Original post)

Thu Feb 7, 2019, 09:37 PM

24. As I woman, I have to ask: do a lot of women really like getting these?

First, I would never have an affair with a married man. Second, I just don't get the text-message-private-parts thing. The majority of the pictures were of him, sent to her. If someone had asked me beforehand, I would have guessed that men would rather *get* pictures like this than *send* them, but obviously I would've been wrong!

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Response to More_Cowbell (Reply #24)

Thu Feb 7, 2019, 09:50 PM

28. My guess would be

That guys probably send them in the hope it will be reciprocated.

Do unto others, and all that.

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Response to jberryhill (Reply #28)

Thu Feb 7, 2019, 09:55 PM

29. Ah, good thinking. Although taking off his wedding ring would've been good. nt

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Response to More_Cowbell (Reply #29)

Thu Feb 7, 2019, 10:36 PM

31. Depends on where he was wearing it


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Response to More_Cowbell (Reply #24)

Thu Feb 7, 2019, 11:09 PM

32. As a woman, I'd say no.

I’ve gotten a few. I’ve been shocked and felt violated. They wanted the “favor” returned. That and the sense of violation/power are, I think, what gets them off. As a slightly older, more wise woman, I think I would type, lHahahahaha!” I’m also extremely kind and sensitive to others, which can be a curse, so maybe I’m just kidding myself.

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Response to BumRushDaShow (Original post)

Thu Feb 7, 2019, 09:40 PM

25. THIS Will Involve

tRump

Saudi

Stone

OH YEAH!!!!

Twitterverse exploding now

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Response to BumRushDaShow (Original post)

Thu Feb 7, 2019, 09:49 PM

26. If I were Bezos, my answer would be:


“I hope you got the pictures from my good side.”

Seriously who gives a shit whether Bezos and his girlfriend do it swinging from the chandeliers? It sure as hell isnt going to make my packages get here any faster or slower.

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Response to BumRushDaShow (Original post)

Thu Feb 7, 2019, 09:50 PM

27. God god! Can you imagine if it's dick pics that bring this house of cards down!

Of course it won’t. But it would be totally fitting.

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Response to BumRushDaShow (Original post)

Thu Feb 7, 2019, 10:17 PM

30. "SEX-TORTION" - An EXPOLOSIVE newly public word in the lexicon.

Extremely nebulous, complicated, far-reaching word. Courtesy of Rachel show tonight.


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Response to BumRushDaShow (Original post)

Thu Feb 7, 2019, 11:14 PM

33. AMI has just stepped into the biggest pile of shit on earth.

Bezos has hired Gavin deBecker.

That giant sucking sound you just heard are all of the sphincters over at AMI.

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Response to BumRushDaShow (Original post)

Fri Feb 8, 2019, 01:41 AM

34. This stunt may void AMI's non prosecution agreement

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Response to Gothmog (Reply #34)

Fri Feb 8, 2019, 05:09 AM

35. The Guardian agrees

https://www.theguardian.com/technology/2019/feb/07/jeff-bezos-national-enquirer-blackmail-claims-trump

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There is no way to predict what consequences may stem from the tabloid’s threat to publish a picture of Bezos’s genitalia. But the National Enquirer may be at additional legal risk. In its plea deal with federal prosecutors, AMI pledged not to “commit any crimes subsequent to the date of the signing of this agreement”. The penalty for violation would be to void the immunity agreement and open the company up for prosecution.

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Response to BumRushDaShow (Original post)

Fri Feb 8, 2019, 07:48 AM

37. Pecker is being protected... Something is ROTTEN here

Look, that original deal was WAY too good for what he offered. All the FBI got was corroborating testimony to Cohen's, and he had tapes and other corroborating info.

So why did pecker get immunity, which is normally reserved for the most important charges? Pecker was incidental to the campaign violations, which were incidental to the entire probe.

Someone gave him a sweetheart deal. Someone in the sdny is protecting him. Pecker feels immune from ANY prosecution, or he wouldn't be so stupid as to send incriminating email.

Also, it would explain where he got the text messages. Any LEO can get anyone's texts through a very simple process thanks to the patriot act. It can be done electronically and doesn't require a judge. Forget the nsa, a county cop can get them, but certainly any fbi agent could.

This would also explain the change of heart among many gop pol's. Who else has pecker blackmailed with "we are going to run a story about....".

If his deal doesn't get pulled, and no charges are brought against him by feds, there is your answer.

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