Jeff Bezos accuses the National Enquirer of 'extortion and blackmail'

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"I hope common sense can prevail - and quickly".

Bezos, who owns more than $120 billion in Amazon stock, said in his blog: "If in my position I can't stand up to this kind of extortion, how many people can?"

Bezos and his wife announced last month that they were divorcing after 25 years of marriage, following a period of "loving exploration" and trial separation. The photos include a "below the belt selfie" of Mr. Bezos, photos of him in tight boxer-briefs and wearing only a towel, and several revealing photos of Ms. Sanchez, according to the e-mail Mr. Bezos released in his blog post.

This story is breaking and will be updated as more information comes in. AMI and its owner, David Pecker, have been accused of buying salacious stories about Donald Trump and killing them so they can't harm the president. Cohen pleaded guilty to several federal crimes and admitted that he had made a deal, on Trump's behalf, in which the Enquirer helped Trump's presidential bid by paying $150,000 United States to former Playboy playmate Karen McDougal to buy and bury her story.

The Post story quoted de Becker saying the revelation of Bezos' affair with Sanchez, a former television anchor and helicopter pilot, resulted from a "politically motivated" leak.

Bezos wrote Thursday that his ownership of The Washington Post "is a complexifier for me".

The Enquirer was also a major booster of Trump during the presidential campaign.

Bezos says doing that would constitute lying, which suggests that Bezos's investigation has found something concrete. He accuses the Enquirer of "extortion and blackmail".

AMI, the owner of the National Enquirer, is led by David Pecker.

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A lot of them are pretty standard sexting gear, and I pass no judgement on Bezos or his alleged mistress for the majority of the contents revealed.

AMI has yet to respond to queries on the matter, Bloomberg reported. He wrote that it's "unavoidable that certain powerful people who experience Washington Post news coverage will wrongly conclude I am their enemy". Mr Bezos owns The Washington Post, which has relentlessly reported on the murder previous year of its columnist Jamal Khashoggi, a Saudi dissident. The Saudi crown prince was the subject of a flattering glossy magazine produced by AMI in 2016, at a time when the Saudi regime was attempting to portray Mohammed as a reformer in Middle Eastern politics. And of course it's possible that the Enquirer might have sought to destroy Bezos believing that it'd please Trump but without ever being asked to do anything by the president.

"They said they had more of my text messages and photos that they would publish if we didn't stop our investigation", Bezos wrote. It also said the photos were newsworthy, given Bezos' prominence.

This whole story, as Bezos would put it, is complexifying my brain.

An Amazon representative confirmed that the post by Bezos on the online publishing platform Medium was authentic. "It's ripped right out of the law books". Or at least that's what the top people at the National Enquirer thought.

But the company has admitted in the past that it engaged in what's known as "catch-and-kill" practices to help Trump become president.

Bezos usually stays out of the public eye, frequently delegating announcements and public Amazon business updates to his executives.

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