Howard Kurtz: Why a hermit of Jeff Bezos’ partner consulted Carter Page, Roger Stone
‘MediaBuzz’ horde Howard Kurtz weighs in on a backstage conflict brewing among a people advising Jeff Bezos about how he should ensue in his open squabble with The National Enquirer.
Jeff Bezos’ partner has secretly concurred that she common some photos and texts from a Amazon owner with several womanlike friends, adding to a poser of who leaked carnal element to a National Enquirer, according to a source tighten to a couple.
In addition, a girlfriend, radio celebrity Lauren Sanchez, also had a essence of her mechanism downloaded onto her assistant’s mechanism for safekeeping, according to a source.
What’s more, investigators for Bezos are wakeful that Sanchez common a photos and texts because, with her cooperation, they were means to snippet a element in a cloud, where many mechanism and phone messages and images are stored.
It could not be dynamic either any of a element that Sanchez common with friends was intimately explicit. But it casts a inspect in a new light during a time when Bezos, who owns The Washington Post, is accusing a Enquirer’s primogenitor association of perplexing to extort him over still-unpublished bare photos and insinuate texts.
The firm, American Media Inc., owned by President Trump’s crony David Pecker, has insisted that it performed a Bezos texts and cinema lawfully.
In an talk on ABC’s “This Week,” Pecker’s lawyer, Elkan Abramowitz, while observant there was “absolutely” no extort or extortion, described a leaker as a man, “somebody tighten to both Bezos and Miss Sanchez,” who has supposing information to a Enquirer for 7 years. Abramowitz refused to contend either he was articulate about Michael Sanchez, Lauren’s brother, who has drawn inspection in a case.
The Daily Beast quoted “multiple sources inside AMI” as observant that Michael Sanchez supposing a Bezos texts to a Enquirer.
Asked for comment, Sanchez told me: “Multiple intensity suspects in a leaks were investigated. Of all those probable suspects, I’m a usually one who never had entrance to below-the-belt selfies. So any try to implicate me in this is 100 percent false.”
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The source pronounced Lauren Sanchez also common a few harmless Bezos texts and cinema with her brother, including a shot of a integrate posing on a mountaintop, out of a clarity of adore and pride. Investigators did not ask to inspect Michael Sanchez’s mechanism or phone.
Gavin de Becker, a distinguished confidence consultant who is overseeing a inspect for Bezos, declined to comment.
De Becker has interviewed Michael Sanchez as partial of a trickle probe, and for that reason has discharged Sanchez’s adverse comments about him. Bezos has called de Becker “one of a smartest and many able leaders we know.”
Sanchez himself told Bezos and his sister when a story pennyless that he would have to be investigated since of his vicinity to a couple. He privately positive them that he is not a leaker.
Michael Sanchez, a Hollywood talent manager, has tried, with small success, to play a peacemaking role. Days before a Enquirer published a story about Bezos’ affair, a publication sent Sanchez a minute — with 44 bullet points — requesting comment.
Michael Sanchez designed to fly to New York to find out what justification a publication had and try to alleviate a story while indicating out significant errors. He done arrangements to lay down with Dylan Howard, a longtime crony who is a publication company’s tip news executive. Sanchez kept in communication with a integrate and de Becker about his surrogate purpose and designed a discussion call with them once he was briefed on a sum of a tentative Enquirer story.
But Bezos motionless to preempt a story by tweeting about his designed divorce from his wife, McKenzie. At that point, AMI executives refused to accommodate with Sanchez and shortly published a piece.
Still, Michael Sanchez kept perplexing to attorney a cease-fire. He organised a print op with Lauren Sanchez as she went to a Santa Monica airfield and got on a helicopter, with AMI’s Us Weekly using a “exclusive” cinema underneath a title “All Smiles: First Photos Show Jeff Bezos’ Girlfriend Lauren Sanchez Carefree After Scandal.”
But that singular team-work imploded late final week when Bezos indicted AMI of perplexing to extort him, posting a association email suggesting that his bare selfies could be published unless he stopped accusing a Enquirer of a politically encouraged strike job.
The behind-the-scenes conflict turns on elemental questions about Bezos’ strategy. Is he a journalistic hero, praised by Bob Woodward, holding a dauntless mount opposite terrible publication tactics? Or, as Michael Sanchez has argued, has Bezos delirious a conditions and incited one annoying part into a nonstop inhabitant soap opera?
Michael Sanchez is a Trump supporter, and his connectors to Trump World total held adult in a Robert Mueller inspect have also come underneath inspection in light of a obvious severity between a boss and Bezos.
Sanchez has twice met Roger Stone, who has pleaded not guilty to rapist charges, and Carter Page once by a teenager business deal. But he has been in hold with both group about a leaks and either they competence have concerned hacking, according to electronic correspondence.
In fact, Michael Sanchez due that de Becker, and presumably Bezos himself, lay down with Page in a secure plcae to plead a confidence aspects of a leak. De Becker seemed interested, though no assembly materialized. Sanchez told me that Bezos, his sister, and de Becker knew of each review he has had with Page and Stone. The Washington Post reported that both Page and Stone have denied any impasse in a Bezos leak.
The stakes are sky-high for all sides. AMI is underneath an shield understanding with sovereign prosecutors after Pecker concurred his impasse in hush-money payments to Trump accusers, and any anticipating of crude function now could have authorised consequences.
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Lauren Sanchez, a former L.A. radio host, has been an party reporter, horde of Fox’s “So You Think You Can Dance,” and runs a film prolongation company. She is married to Patrick Whitesell, co-CEO of powerhouse talent group William Morris Endeavor.
Bezos is not usually confronting personal embarrassment, though his divorce could impact his Amazon happening and maybe a association itself.