David Pecker, the publisher of the National Enquirer and CEO of American Media, Inc., brazenly attempted to blackmail Jeff Bezos, the founder of Amazon, Inc., owner of the Washington Post (which makes him a frequent Twitter target of Donald Trump), and the wealthiest person in the world. You come for him, you better not miss.
After the National Enquirer published steamy texts between Bezos and the woman he was having an affair with, Lauren Sanchez, Bezos unleashed a team of technology experts to discover how the Enquirer had obtained the texts. Their investigation began by looking at Sanchez’s brother, Michael Sanchez, who the Daily Beast reported had ties to Roger Stone, Carter Page, and Trump surrogate Scottie Nell Hughes. Bezos and his team believe the leaked texts were a political hit job. Indeed, Bezos and his wife announced they were divorcing after the texts surfaced.
As the investigation goes on, Bezos’ top security consultant, Gavin de Becker, now believes a “government agency” might be behind the attack. Washington Post reporter Manuel Roig-Franzia appeared on MSNBC’s Last Word with Lawrence O’Donnell to drop this bombshell of a story. Take a listen.
WaPo reporter Manuel Roig-Franzia on Jeff Bezos' text messages: Security consultant "Gavin de Becker told us that he does not believe that Jeff Bezos’s phone was hacked. He thinks it’s possible that a government entity might have gotten hold of his text messages. pic.twitter.com/w4QsSXvrb6
— Ryan Saavedra (@RealSaavedra) February 8, 2019
To be clear, they do not name any U.S. agencies; this could very well be bad actors for a foreign nation—Russia and China are in the business of hacking. But would they have targeted an enemy of Donald Trump for the purpose of helping Donald Trump? Because he was pretty pleased when the steamy texts made front page news and ended Bezos’ marriage.
So sorry to hear the news about Jeff Bozo being taken down by a competitor whose reporting, I understand, is far more accurate than the reporting in his lobbyist newspaper, the Amazon Washington Post. Hopefully the paper will soon be placed in better & more responsible hands!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 14, 2019
Stay tuned. This story is just getting started.