Bezos probe concludes mistress’ brother was Enquirer source

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Michael Sanchez, a gay Trump supporter, is being fingered as the source of Amazon's founder Jeff Bezos' leaked photos and texts with his mistress, Lauren Sanchez.

He appears to be friends with Roger Stone and Carter Page, according to the Washington Post. Trump has been highly critical of Bezos over his ownership of The Washington Post and Amazon, and the Post's coverage of the White House. The investigators have not said how they believe Michael Sanchez came into possession of his sister's intimate messages.

Gavin de Becker, Bezos's personal security consultant and a former Justice Department official, said that "strong leads point to political motives" for whoever turned the messages over to the Enquirer.

While Bezos's investigator has not accused Sanchez of anything, The Daily Beast says it has "multiple sources inside AMI" that say Sanchez provided the text messages between his sister and Bezos.

An attorney for the tabloid's parent company did not immediately respond to an email seeking comment.

Napolitano concluded that the actions of David Pecker-CEO of National Inquirer's publisher American Media (AMI)-amounted to "an act of blackmail because it is an effort to prevent [Bezos] from doing what he has a right to do by threat of exposing something". The source had provided information to the company for at least seven years, Elkan Abramowitz, an attorney for American Media Inc. chief executive David Pecker, said on ABC's "This Week".

He was asked if Sanchez was the source and he said: "I'm not permitted to tell you or confirm or deny who the source is".

Bezos ordered the investigation after the Enquirer published a story about the affair last month. The Daily Beast reported, according to sources, that Michael Sanchez was responsible for the leak.

It's yet to be seen who's telling the truth, but on Monday, CBS News reported that private investigators hired by Bezos were handing over to law enforcement information they had obtained regarding how those pictures were sent to the publication.

Federal prosecutors are looking into whether the Enquirer violated a co-operation and non-prosecution agreement that recently spared the tabloid and top executives from charges for paying hush money to a Playboy model who claimed she had an affair with Mr Trump, sources said. The people weren't authorized to discuss the matter and spoke on condition of anonymity.

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