Nationwide Enquirer For Sale Two Months After Jeff Bezos Scandal

Daniel Fowler
April 14, 2019

Federal prosecutors in NY are planning to meet with Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos about his allegations that the National Enquirer tried to blackmail him with help from Saudi Arabia.

The parent of the supermarket tabloid on Wednesday said that it is exploring a possible sale as part of a "strategic review" of its tabloid business.

The National Enquirer, which is under fire for paying hush money to a former model linked to US President Donald Trump, is on the auction block. An AMI spokesman did not immediately respond to a request for further comment. The Associated Press reported past year that Pecker kept a safe that held documents on hush money payments and killed stories, including records on ones involving Trump.

Attorneys for Bezos, the world's richest man, have been engaged in negotiations regarding his electronics. In addition to the National Enquirer, American Media said it was also considering selling two other brands, Globe and National Examiner.

Gavin de Becker, Bezos' security consultant, has discovered evidence that points to the Saudis being behind the Enquirer story - which included private text messages between Bezos and his mistress.

AMI has defended its reporting on Bezos' affair with Lauren Sanchez, a former television anchor.

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In a report, The Washington Post said AMI is reeling under financial struggle abetted by the falling circulation of Enquirer and rising debt.

A spokesman for the publisher has said "American Media does not have, nor have we ever had, any editorial or financial ties to Saudi Arabia". "There was no involvement by any other third party whatsoever". Saudi Arabia's minister of state for foreign affairs said recently that the kingdom had "absolutely nothing to do with" the matter.

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David Pecker, chief executive of American Media, has been a longtime Trump ally and has described the president as a "personal friend".

Though de Becker wrote that the results of his investigation had been turned over to federal officials, it is standard practice for prosecutors to conduct their own examination of such allegations, and, in the case of a hacking claim, to seek first-hand access to the electronics that were allegedly compromised.

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