In a blog post yesterday, the Amazon founder accused publisher David Pecker of extortion and blackmail. After the tabloid disclosed Bezos’ extramarital affair, the world’s richest man hired investigators to probe whether the exposé was politically motivated. Bezos posted an alleged email from the National Enquirer threatening to release explicit personal photographs if the Washington Post owner didn’t stop digging.
Does it get political? Pecker is a confidant of President Donald Trump, who has derided the Post’s coverage of his presidency, while Bezos believes his newspaper’s critical reporting on Saudi Arabia “hit a particularly sensitive nerve.”