Report Alleges Brother of Bezos' Mistress Is Leaker

Daily Beast points the finger at Michael Sanchez, brother of Lauren Sanchez
By Newser Editors,  Newser Staff
Posted Feb 11, 2019 6:41 AM CST
In this Sept. 13, 2018, file photo Jeff Bezos, Amazon founder and CEO, speaks at The Economic Club of Washington's Milestone Celebration in Washington.   (AP Photo/Cliff Owen, File)

(Newser) – Ever since racy texts between Jeff Bezos and mistress Lauren Sanchez turned up in the National Enquirer, a big unanswered question has been the identity of the leaker. The Daily Beast now quotes multiple sources within Enquirer parent company AMI to point the finger at Michael Sanchez, brother of Bezos' mistress. Michael Sanchez has been a prime suspect since the scandal erupted, partly because of his support of President Trump and ties to Trump associates including Roger Stone. (AMI chief David Pecker is a longtime Trump ally.) However, Michael Sanchez has denied any role in the scandal.

AMI refuses to identify the leaker, with company attorney Elkan Abramowitz saying Sunday only that "it was a source that was well-known to both Mr. Bezos and Ms. Sanchez." The Daily Beast story doesn't say how Michael Sanchez would have obtained the texts or why, though the story suggests AMI did the story for political purposes. "Documents ... show that Michael Sanchez believed the Enquirer pursued its story about Bezos with 'President Trump's knowledge and appreciation,'" per the DB. (All this comes days after Bezos accused Pecker of blackmail.)

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