National Enquirer: Bezos’ girlfriend’s brother ‘single source’ for reports

FILE PHOTO: Jeff Bezos, president and CEO of Amazon and owner of The Washington Post, speaks at the Economic Club of Washington, D.C.’s “Milestone Celebration Dinner” in Washington, USA, September 13, 2018. REUTERS/Joshua Roberts/Photo File

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The publisher of the National Enquirer on Sunday said the reports on Amazon Chief Executive Jeff Bezos’ private life were based on information from one source, the brother of Bezos’ girlfriend Lauren Sanchez.

The declaration of American Media Inc. after the publication by Bezos security chief Gavin De Becker, an article in the Daily Beast, in which he said that the government of Saudi Arabia had accessed private information from Bezos’ phone.

While Becker said in the article that there was “a high degree of certainty that the saudis had access to Bezos’ phone’, it was “unclear to what extent, if any, AMI was aware of the details.”

Nevertheless, AMI released a statement saying the reports on Bezos’ affair with Sanchez were based solely on the information provided by Michael Sanchez, “who tipped the National Enquirer to the case on Sept. 10, 2018, and in the course of four months, provided that all of the materials for our research.

“There was no involvement of a third party,” it added.

Gavin de Becker & Associates does not immediately respond to a request for comment. A representative for the Saudi embassy in Washington not immediately respond to a request for comment.

Reporting by howard Schneider; additional reporting by Humeyra Pamuk; Editing by Dan Grebler

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