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  • Pecker AMI National Enquirer

    Posted by btomba_77 on February 8, 2019 at 8:59 am

    David Pecker of AMI (National Enquirer) back in the news.
     
    He is a long time supporter of Trump and has been doing “catch & kill” for years. 
     
    He is currently a cooperating witness with SDNY to avoid prosecution.
     
    Despite that, now there are allegation from Jeff Bezos that AMI blackmailed him to keep the [i]Washington Post[/i] from investigating the source of leaked text/pics relating to Bezos’ affair.
     
    [url=https://www.cnn.com/2019/02/07/media/jeff-bezos-ami-blackmail/index.html]Amazon founder Jeff Bezos says National Enquirer publisher tried to extort him[/url]
     
    Now Ronan Farrow is also claiming that AMI blackmailed him to try to get him to stop his investigative journalism.
     
     
     
     
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    Bezos went bold …. it’s brilliant.  He has instantly turned himself into a sympathetic figure and champion of the free press (instead of a creept d*ck-pic sending cheater)
     
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    AMI convening its board.
     
     

    btomba_77 replied 2 years, 11 months ago 6 Members · 27 Replies
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  • Unknown Member

    Deleted User
    February 8, 2019 at 9:11 am

    Bezos took of the gloves and called them out

    Should get interesting

  • Unknown Member

    Deleted User
    February 8, 2019 at 9:11 am

    Bezos took of the gloves and called them out

    Should get interesting

    • kayla.meyer_144

      Member
      February 8, 2019 at 10:55 am

      Supreme arseholes. Yeah, Bezos was going to roll over & just beg for the Enquirer to go easy on him. PLUEEZE!
       
      What’s the po nt of having billion$ if you are afraid. I think Amazon is proof that Bezos is anything but afraid.
       
       

      The National Enquirer should have known better than to approach [link=https://www.cnbc.com/jeff-bezos/]Jeff Bezos[/link] over sexual photos and messages texted to his mistress, Lauren Sanchez, says Stu Zakim, a former spokesman for the tabloid media empire owned by David Pecker, a longtime friend of President Donald Trump.
       
      “Oh my God, have these guys not learned anything? Because common sense alone would say, ‘You’re going after Jeff Bezos, and you’re putting it in writing?’ There’s nothing private anymore. It’s going to be a public document. So what is their motive?” Zakim said on CNBC Friday.
       
      In a [link=https://www.cnbc.com/2019/02/07/jeff-bezos-accuses-national-enquirer-publisher-of-blackmail-extortion.html]Thursday blog post[/link] headlined, “No thank you, Mr. Pecker,” Bezos says that AMI asked him to publicly deny any political motivation in its coverage of his divorce in exchange for not publishing photos he texted to Sanchez, including a “below the belt selfie.” Bezos and his wife, MacKenzie, announced their divorce on Jan. 9. Later that day, the Enquirer broke news about Bezos’ affair with Sanchez.
       
      “I think Pecker did it not because necessarily to help Trump but he knew it was going to sell a lot of copies of the Enquirer and gain a lot of publicity, because here we are talking about it. It’s the top story everywhere,” said Zakim, corporate communications chief from 2004-2006 at Pecker’s American Media, which also owns Men’s Journal and other publications.

       
      Hmmm, Men’s Journal and other publications? Now I certainly won’t buy them.

      • btomba_77

        Member
        February 8, 2019 at 10:57 am

        By the way, HuffPost wins the day for their front page headline on this story:
         
        [b]Bezos Exposes Pecker[/b]

        • kayla.meyer_144

          Member
          February 8, 2019 at 11:02 am

          [:D]

        • Unknown Member

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          February 8, 2019 at 11:13 am

          They probably didn’t come up with it.
           
          [link=https://www.foxnews.com/entertainment/new-york-post-jeff-bezos-headline-nude-selfie-scandal-online-applause]https://www.foxnews.com/e…candal-online-applause[/link]

          • btomba_77

            Member
            February 8, 2019 at 11:44 am

            [h1]Prosecutors Reviewing Whether National Enquirer Violated Cooperation Deal[/h1]

            Federal prosecutors are reviewing the [i]National Enquirer[/i]s handling of its story about Jeff Bezos extramarital affair to determine if the company violated an earlier cooperation deal with prosecutors, [link=https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2019-02-08/national-enquirer-s-ami-scrutinized-over-bezos-story-sources-say]Bloomberg[/link] reports.

            Prosecutors in the Manhattan U.S. attorneys office were provided with information about key exchanges concerning Bezos, the founder of Amazon.com Inc., who went public in a [link=https://medium.com/@jeffreypbezos/no-thank-you-mr-pecker-146e3922310f]jaw-dropping public blog post[/link] Thursday night.

            According to [link=https://www.cnbc.com/2019/02/08/jeff-bezos-reportedly-gives-info-to-federal-prosecutors-related-to-national-enquirer-report.html]CNBC[/link], the cooperation agreement required the company to agree to commit no crimes whatsoever.

             

          • kaldridgewv2211

            Member
            February 8, 2019 at 11:47 am

            It’s been a whirl wind time for Bezos.  Essentially he was already a public laugh because of the texts that were already out there.  Now he’s flipped that right into being the hero.  AMI messed with the bull and they shall now get the horns.

            • Unknown Member

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              February 8, 2019 at 11:57 am

              National Enquirer is as reputable as Wapo, CNN, and MSNBC. 

              • kayla.meyer_144

                Member
                February 8, 2019 at 12:01 pm

                & not as good as your preferred sites, like Breitbart or Infowars, etc.

                • kayla.meyer_144

                  Member
                  February 8, 2019 at 9:36 pm

                  What is most interesting & highly concerning if shown to be true is Bezos & Washington Posts investigators belief that Bezos was hacked by a government agency & the information used to shut up Washington Post criticism of Trump & the Administration. Reminds me of Nixon using the IRS to investigate private citizens he did not like.

                  Possible article of impeachment.

  • btomba_77

    Member
    February 9, 2019 at 6:20 am

    Quote from Frumious

     

    So dergon, who do you suppose hacked Bezos? 

    The Enquirer? Russians? A government agency? He was answering a Nigerian email request? 

     
     
    I have no idea.   Bezos’ investigative team seems to think it came directly out of a government agency.   But that is also undocumented (and a very conveniently anti-Trump position).
     
    I look to forward to seeing what happens once law enforcement and the courts get involved here.
     
     

    • ruszja

      Member
      February 9, 2019 at 6:59 am

      So the richest man in the world, owner of the premier e-commerce and hosted IT platform in the world, uses an unsecured device to store intimate pictures of an adulterous affair. You can’t make this up.

      • Unknown Member

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        February 9, 2019 at 7:14 am

        Regardless

        You gotta like the fact that bezos essentially says to the enquirer when being blackmailed

        F You Blow me

        • kaldridgewv2211

          Member
          February 9, 2019 at 10:05 am

          If you do something on the network the NSA has it. So to me the story is if it did come from the government that would certainly imply some impropriety there. However, you could theorize his lady lover got paid and gave up the photos too. I certainly think the SDNY should come down like the fist of God on AMI and find out about the photos. They could be bluffing too but it sounds like they described specific photos. So Bezos would know.

          • yao.bw39_792

            Member
            February 9, 2019 at 12:16 pm

            I think there was a question as to whether the Saudis did the phone surveillance.

            • btomba_77

              Member
              February 9, 2019 at 12:24 pm

              [link=https://observer.com/2019/02/jeff-bezos-national-enquirer-spy-scandal/]https://observer.com/2019…-enquirer-spy-scandal/[/link]
               
              On the “who done it” part of getting Bezos’ pics and texts:
               

              Gavin de Becker, the security guru to the stars whom Bezos hired to look into AMI, told us that he does not believe that Jeff Bezoss phone was hacked, he thinks its possible that a government entity might have gotten hold of his text messages.
               
               
              Lets unpack this important claim. In the current age, when Team Trump immediately points fingers at [link=https://observer.com/2017/02/donald-trump-administration-cia-deep-state/]the alleged Deep State[/link] as the secret evil force behind everything they dislike, we need to assess how realistic de Beckers assertion is. If any state entity is spying on Jeff Bezos and leaking his purloined communications to third parties in the media, thats legitimately alarming for privacy and personal liberty in America. Because if they can do it to the richest guy on earth, they can do it to anybody.
               
               
              Suspicion inevitably falls on the National Security Agency, but that appears highly unlikely. In the first place, the NSA could only monitor Bezos private communications if they got federal judges to issue a warrant under the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act, which is granted solely in cases involving foreign espionage or terrorism. Which seem like things the Amazon CEO is awfully unlikely to be involved in. Moreover, the agency shreds intercepted personal chats without intelligence value, while any FISA reports are exceptionally closely guarded by the NSA.
               
               
              What about the FBI? That, too, seems far-fetched. Its difficult to imagine that, when youve made over $100 billion legitimately, you would need to resort to crime to make more, and thats the only way the bureau gets permission to tap your communications. Plus, the FBI is no more likely than the NSA to leak classified intercepts to the media, especially to scandal-mongers like AMI.
               
               
              It cannot be doubted that certain Trump White House staffers would leak such salacious messages to Peckers minions in a New York minute, but it can be all but ruled out that they got them from anybody in the U.S. Intelligence Community. Not to mention that, per Trumpist mythology, the Deep State is their mortal enemy, not their partner in outing the liberal media the president so loathes.
               
               
              Of course, de Beckers assessment does not specify [i]whose [/i]government entity was behind this. Longtime readers of this column know that technically savvy foreign intelligence services certainly have the capability to spy on Americans, and some of them are active inside the United States. The list of first-rate spy services that are known to target Americans, and which are operating here, is led by Russia, China and Israel.
               
               
              Moscows close and mysterious relationship with our president is no secret to readers of this column, so Russian covert involvement needs to be seriously considered here. Amazon has large-scale ambitions in China, and perhaps those led to concerns in Beijing, which conducts aggressive espionage operations inside the United States too. Israel has close connections to Team Trump, including questionable ties between members of the presidents inner circle and individuals [link=https://observer.com/2018/06/muellers-investigation-into-trump-russia-turns-focus-on-israel/]known to have a tight relationship with Israeli intelligence[/link].
               
               
              Another suspect is Saudi Arabia, which incurred the wrath of [i]The Washington Post [/i]by murdering and dismembering their columnist Jamal Khashoggi in Istanbul last October. Bezos referenced that awful crime in his blog post, [link=https://medium.com/@jeffreypbezos/no-thank-you-mr-pecker-146e3922310f]including the line[/link], Pecker and his company have also been investigated for various actions theyve taken on behalf of the Saudi Government, explaining that AMI is seeking Saudi funding. Bezos added, Several days ago, an AMI leader advised us that Mr. Pecker is apoplectic about our investigation. For reasons still to be better understood, the Saudi angle seems to hit a particularly sensitive nerve.
               
               
              The Amazon CEO is more than hinting that Riyadh is mixed up in AMI activities in a nefarious way, something which Pecker is desperate to obscure. If Saudi intelligence possesses the ability to intercept text messages inside the United States, that may be the key to this mystery. Here the Kingdoms close security relationship with Israel perhaps provides a clue. Israeli security firms sell cutting-edge espionage software and interception gear to countries all over the world, Saudi Arabia included.
               
               
              In 2017, the Israeli firm NSO Group [link=https://www.timesofisrael.com/israel-okayed-sale-of-pegasus-phone-spying-tool-to-saudi-arabia-report/]sold Riyadh a $55 million spy program[/link] termed Pegasus which hacks smartphones to obtain their contents. This capability was desired by Crown Prince [link=https://observer.com/2019/01/how-saudi-arabia-crown-prince-mbs-rose-to-power/]Mohammed bin Salman[/link] to spy on his enemies abroad[link=https://www.cnn.com/2019/01/12/middleeast/khashoggi-phone-malware-intl/index.html]including, it seems,[/link] the doomed Jamal Khashoggi. Since somebody appears to have hacked Jeff Bezos smartphone and passed its salacious contents to [i]The National Enquirer[/i], the Saudi angle is one which investigators are pursuing with vigor right now. If foreign intelligence services are collaborating with gossip merchants to smear private citizens and silence critics, thats an alarming development which [link=https://www.cepa.org/the-new-weapons-of-war]one expert recently termed super-doxxing[/link], and its something which all Americans should be concerned about.

              • kaldridgewv2211

                Member
                February 9, 2019 at 8:47 pm

                So it could’ve come from the US government. I wouldn’t be surprised if something could’ve been bought. Also with the right resources I think someone could straight up snag mobile communication from Bezos. Police etc.. use those stingray boxes to mimic cell towers and grab communications. It doesn’t seem far fetched if you were looking for dirt on Bezos and you had the means to essentially monitor him

                • Unknown Member

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                  February 9, 2019 at 11:31 pm

                  I chuckle watching Democrats clustering around Bezos, when they’re always claiming to advocate on behalf of the working class. I think we’ve all heard of the way Amazon reportedly treats its employees. 
                   
                  Well, I suppose ownership of the left-wing Washington Compost offers unlimited penance. Politics as usual.

                  • Unknown Member

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                    February 10, 2019 at 5:15 am

                    How does amazon treat its employees?

                  • kayla.meyer_144

                    Member
                    February 10, 2019 at 5:52 am

                    Quote from Knob Creek Rye

                    I chuckle watching Democrats clustering around Bezos, when they’re always claiming to advocate on behalf of the working class. I think we’ve all heard of the way Amazon reportedly treats its employees. 

                    How does one have to do with the other? Because Bezos underpays his employees he is deserving of being blackmailed by a sleazy publisher who wants to find favor with President Trump & a Saudi murderer prince?
                     
                    Explain please. I don’t understand your moral point here.

                    • Unknown Member

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                      February 10, 2019 at 6:35 am

                      I chuckle when trump type republicans try to make valid points

                      Like Kennedy being aghast or Bezos employees status

                      Just throw something vague out here with no substance and act like its a no fng brainer

                      I wonder how these plate going to survive when facts matter again

                    • btomba_77

                      Member
                      February 11, 2019 at 12:50 pm

                      [link=https://thehill.com/business-a-lobbying/429456-national-enquirer-publisher-asked-doj-if-it-should-register-as-foreign]https://thehill.com/busin…ld-register-as-foreign[/link]

                      National Enquirer publisher asked DOJ if it should register as foreign agent: WSJ[/h1]

                      American Media Inc. (AMI), the parent company of the National Enquirer, asked the Justice Department last year about whether it should register as a foreign agent, the Wall Street Journal reported on Monday.

                      AMI in the past has sought out financial backing from Saudi investors and celebrated Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman with a special magazine in March 2018. It unsuccessfully tried to acquire publications like Time, Sports Illustrated, Fortune and Money in the past and looked for financial backing from Saudi Arabia.

                      A [link=https://www.justice.gov/nsd-fara/page/file/1092521/download?mod=article_inline]July 2018 letter[/link] from the Justice Department stated that the department determined the company isnt a foreign agent. The titles are redacted but the Wall Street Journal suspects is a response to American Media.

                      We understand [U.S. corporation] to be a print media company that engages in the publication of a number of popular magazines. [U.S. corporation] also publishes, [other publications], each of which addresses a particular topic or public figure(s). According to your submission, these publications are funded completely by sales and do not contain advertisements, the letter reads.

                      It is signed by FARA Registration Unit chief, Heather Hunt.

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                    • kaldridgewv2211

                      Member
                      February 12, 2019 at 5:33 pm

                      Is it stranger than fiction that the brother has ties to Carter Paige. Small world I guess.

                    • yao.bw39_792

                      Member
                      February 12, 2019 at 5:43 pm

                      Unless the female Sanchez was in on it all the time.  She’s a fox news personality.  Maybe she was a Trojan hor se.

                    • btomba_77

                      Member
                      March 31, 2019 at 4:03 am

                      [link=https://www.huffpost.com/entry/gavin-de-becker-ami-jeff-bezos-suadi-crown-prince_n_5c9fe4efe4b0474c08cfb567]https://www.huffpost.com/entry/gavin-de-becker-ami-jeff-bezos-suadi-crown-prince_n_5c9fe4efe4b0474c08cfb567

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                      [h1]Saudis Hacked Jeff Bezos Phone For Texts Also Used In Enquirer Story: Investigator[/h1]

                      A security analyst for [link=https://www.huffpost.com/impact/topic/jeff-bezos]Jeff Bezos[/link] has determined that the Saudis obtained texts from the [link=https://www.huffpost.com/impact/topic/amazon]Amazon[/link] CEOs phone that were also used for a [link=https://www.huffpost.com/topic/national-enquirer]National Enquirer [/link]story, the investigator revealed in the [link=https://www.thedailybeast.com/jeff-bezos-investigation-finds-the-saudis-obtained-his-private-information?source=articles&via=rss]Daily Beast [/link]Saturday.

                      Gavin De Becker, the investigator, wrote that his team and several experts concluded with high confidence that the Saudis had access to Bezos phone and gained private information. 

                      De Becker said its unclear to what degree, if any, American Media Inc. the owner of the Enquirer was aware of the details of the Saudi operation. But he accused AMI of being in league with a foreign nation thats been actively trying to harm American citizens and companies. 

                      Information and photos from Bezos phone were obtained by the Enquirer for a story in January about Bezos extramarital affair that was linked to the breakup of his marriage.

                      The Saudis have [link=https://www.thedailybeast.com/how-the-saudis-made-jeff-bezos-public-enemy-1]attacked Bezos[/link] because of The Washington Posts coverage of the Saudi assassination last year of journalist [link=https://www.huffpost.com/news/topic/jamal-khashoggi]Jamal Khashoggi[/link], according to [link=https://www.cnn.com/videos/business/2019/02/12/jeff-bezos-washington-post-saudi-ami.cnn-business/video/playlists/business-jeff-bezos/]media reports[/link]. Khashoggi, a Saudi citizen who was living in the U.S., wrote for the Post, which is owned by Bezos. American intelligence officials have determined that his [link=https://www.nytimes.com/2018/11/16/us/politics/cia-saudi-crown-prince-khashoggi.html?module=inline]murder was ordered[/link] by Saudi Crown Prince [link=https://www.huffpost.com/topic/mohammed-bin-salman]Mohammed Bin Salmon[/link]. 

                      Earlier media reports identified Michael Sanchez the brother of Bezos lover, Lauren Sanchez as the [link=https://www.huffpost.com/entry/jeff-bezos-national-enquirer-michael-sanchez_n_5c904a40e4b04ed2c1ad9825]source of the Enquirer information.[/link] He was paid $200,000 by AMI. But De Becker concluded he was not the only source. He also noted that AMI was suspiciously eager to out its source. Sanchez told Page Six that [link=https://pagesix.com/2019/03/30/this-was-real-lauren-sanchezs-brother-tells-all-on-bezos-romance/?_ga=2.164107583.1694089182.1553909345-326982824.1534253864]editors had already seen Bezos texts [/link]when AMI reached out to him.

                      De Becker has turned over his findings to federal officials, who are [link=https://www.huffpost.com/entry/feds-probe-ami-jeff-bezos_n_5c5dbff6e4b0650f4c0d8e63]investigating Bezos accusations of extortion[/link]. He wrote that he would make no further comment on the Bezos case.

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                    • btomba_77

                      Member
                      June 2, 2021 at 3:42 am

                       
                       
                      [link=https://thehill.com/homenews/media/556417-national-enquirer-publisher-ceo-fined-for-breaking-law-with-mcdougal-payment]National Enquirer publisher fined for breaking law with McDougal payment: WSJ

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                      The parent company of the National Enquirer has reached a settlement with the Federal Election Commission (FEC) for breaking a campaign finance law over its payment of ex-model Karen McDougal, who claimed to have had an affair with former [link=https://thehill.com/people/donald-trump]President Trump[/link], [link=https://www.wsj.com/articles/national-enquirer-parent-ex-ceo-fined-for-breaking-election-law-in-2016-campaign-11622586108?mod=e2twp]The Wall Street Journal reported[/link] on Tuesday.
                      A360 Media LLC formally reached the agreement with the FEC on May 17, agreeing to pay $187,500, according to the Journal.
                      The agreement comes years after American Media Inc., the predecessor of A360 Media, told prosecutors that it had paid McDougal $150,000 at the behest of Trump’s 2016 campaign. The FEC said the payment violated federal campaign laws.

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