- But They Are Unable to Prove That Kingdom gave AMI the Images
The revelation that The National Enquirer, who has gained intimate texts and the images between the Jeff Bezos the CEO Amazong and Lauren Sanches, Jeff Bezos than ordered an investigation into who was behind the data breach.
In a Post on The Daily Beast, Jeff Bezos’ security consultant Gavin De Becker says the the investigation team have “concluded with the high confidence that the Saudis has access to Bezos’ phone,” they have also said that they are not able to link that access with the data that the Enquirer claimed to have.
In February, Jeff Bezos has released a post on Medium, which says that the Enquirer and its parent company, AMI, has attempted to blackmail him with his images that he texted to a women with which he was having an affair.
After Jeff Bezos has published his post, he directed De Backer to find out how he has unauthorized accessed to his images and text. Word quickly emerged that it was Sanchez’s borther, Micheal who provided the publication with the texts, but other theories have since emerged: the Bezos was hacked, that an intelligence agency leaked the images to the Trump Administrator, or that it was from a foreign government agency, like Saudi Arabia or the UAE.
He goes on to say that his investigation concluded “with high confidence that the Saudis had access to Bezos’ phone, and gained private information.” He says that they “did not reach our conclusions lightly,” and have since passed on their findings to federal officials. But, he also says that while they believe that Saudi Arabia might have accessed Bezo’s phone, it’s unclear if they passed that information on to AMI.
de Becker points to the Enquirer’s history and connections with the Kingdom, and paints a picture that the country is using AMI and its publications to put pressure on people it deems enemies, such as Bezos and The Washington Post.
Bezos alluded to Saudi Arabia in his post, saying that AMI had been investigated for “various actions they’ve taken on behalf of the Saudi Government,” pointed to The Washington Post’s coverage of Jamal Khashoggi’s murder, and that “the Saudi angle seems to hit a particularly sensitive nerve.” AMI has since released a statement, denying that Saudi Arabia was involved.