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

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Bezos, the billionaire founder and CEO of Amazon, alleged that AMI threatened to release compromising photos of him and published what he said were emails from AMI detailing what he described as "extortion and blackmail".

"Rather than capitulate to extortion and blackmail", wrote Mr Bezos, "I've made a decision to publish exactly what they sent me, despite the personal cost and embarrassment they threaten".

After the tabloid published a story about his extramarital affair last month, Bezos ordered a team of private investigators to get to find out how the Enquirer obtained lurid texts between him and former TV anchor Lauren Sanchez.

It's a long, rambling post, but the gist of it is that - possibly thanks to a deep political/media conspiracy - American Media, owners of the National Enquirer, have been threatening Bezos with the publication of his n00dz, which emerged as part of the sexting scandal which destroyed his marriage. One of those terms was a statement from Bezos and de Becker "affirming that they have no knowledge or basis for suggesting that (AMI's) coverage was politically motivated or influenced by political forces".

In another email dated February 6, Fine asked Bezos and his attorney to publicly refute the Post's reporting and announce "that they have no knowledge of basis for suggesting that American Media Inc.'s coverage was politically motivated of influencer by political forces, and an agreement that they will cease referring to such a possibility".

"Of course I don't want personal photos published, but I also won't participate in their well-known practice of blackmail, political favours, political attacks, and corruption".

Amazon chief Jeff Bezos has released emails he claimed to have received from United States tabloid The National Enquirer, in which the publication is shown to be extorting him.

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In his post on Medium, Bezos called his ownership of The Post "a complexifier" for him.

In a post on Medium today, Bezos claimed the chief executive of American Media Inc. The Enquirer secured the rights to the material, assuring the allegations wouldn't be shared with other media, then never published the story. Do you see how much I like writing "Pecker"?

The tabloid magazine released an investigation into Bezos' relationship with Lauren Sanchez (pictured in the gallery alongside Bezos and ex-husband Patrick Whitesell) back in January. Neither did a spokesperson for the Washington Post.

· Mr Bezos face selfie at what appears to be a business meeting. He posted an email from Dylan Howard, the chief content officer at AMI, which outlined in detail the photographs they allegedly have in their possession. In 2010 the Enquirer began running articles that encouraged the idea of a Trump presidential campaign, according to the Associated Press. I can't tell if Bezos means to insinuate that he might be involved in this matter or not, as he points away from Trump in one spot by claiming that Pecker is reportedly most angry at the interest Bezos's investigators have taken in AMI's relationship with Saudi Arabia.

Trump and Bezos, meanwhile, are longtime foes.