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National Enquirer Says Saudis Not Source of Jeff Bezos Texts

Jeff Bezos speaks about privacy at the Vanity Fair summit in 2016.

The National Enquirer’s parent company has issued a statement denying that their source for the salacious Jeff Bezos texts was anyone other than Bezos’ girlfriend Lauren Sanchez‘s brother.

On Saturday, the Daily Beast published an op-ed by Bezos’ longtime investigator Gavin De Becker insisting that the Saudis had gained access to Bezos’ phone.

In response, AMI — the Enquirer’s parent company — called the claims “unsubstantiated” and stressed it was Sanchez all along.

Despite the false and unsubstantiated claims of Mr. de Becker, American Media has, and continues to, refute the unsubstantiated claims that the materials for our report were acquired with the help of anyone other than the single source who first brought them to us. The fact of the matter is, it was Michael Sanchez who tipped the National Enquirer off to the affair on Sept. 10, 2018, and over the course of four months provided all of the materials for our investigation. His continued efforts to discuss and falsely represent our reporting, and his role in it, has waived any source confidentiality. There was no involvement by any other third party whatsoever.

Bezos said in a Medium post published in February that the National Enquirer was trying to blackmail him after obtaining salacious tweets proving he was having an affair.

That February post by Bezos also hints at Saudi involvement.

It was previously reported Michael Sanchez was paid $200,000 by the The Enquirer.

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