Michael Sanchez declined on Wednesday to offer CNN an on-the-record remark about whether or not he was the leaker. He beforehand denied to The Washington Publish enjoying a job in leaking particulars concerning the relationship between Bezos and his sister, and advised The New York Publish he wouldn’t dignify such allegations with a response.
A consultant for AMI advised CNN on Wednesday that the corporate “declines to touch upon sources.”
The solutions about whether or not Trump or Saudi Arabia presumably performed a job in exposing the connection have gone unsubstantiated since Bezos first made them in a weblog submit final week detailing his interactions with the Nationwide Enquirer.
Within the weblog submit, Bezos dangled tantalizing particulars in entrance of the reader, mentioning each Trump and Saudi Arabia.
Bezos wrote that his possession of The Washington Publish, which has lined each Trump and the Saudi Arabian authorities critically, was a “complexifier” for him.
In impact, Bezos instructed — although he didn’t outright say — that the Saudis or Trump, or maybe each, had presumably performed a job in exposing his relationship to the Nationwide Enquirer.
However six days later, Bezos has not supplied any proof to assist these concepts. And whereas he did present emails to assist his allegation of blackmail, the absence of proof on the opposite explosive solutions has solely elevated curiosity within the matter.
“American Media doesn’t have, nor have we ever had, any editorial or monetary ties to Saudi Arabia,” a spokesman for the corporate advised CNN earlier this week in response to questions on the matter.
Addressing the concept the Enquirer’s investigation was indirectly prompted by the Saudis or by AMI’s need to have a connection to the Saudis, a present high-level government at AMI advised CNN on Wednesday, “We’re all laughing that that is develop into a factor as a result of it is a 12 months outdated. Saudi by no means gave any cash to the Enquirer.”
Whereas de Becker stated he turned over that info to Bezos’ attorneys, he has declined to disclose to the general public any particulars about what his investigation discovered. The Day by day Beast reported that it had reviewed paperwork associated to the investigation, however it was not clear if the paperwork had been from de Becker’s investigation.
De Becker didn’t present CNN an on-the-record remark, regardless of a number of requests. An Amazon consultant additionally declined to remark, noting the questions didn’t pertain to the corporate. Bezos doesn’t have some other identified spokespeople representing him.
Among the many questions CNN requested de Becker and the Amazon spokesperson had been: Why did Bezos point out the Saudis and Trump in his weblog submit?; What had been the findings of de Becker’s investigation?; Will Bezos ever share with the general public details about de Becker’s investigation?
In Bezos’ preliminary Thursday weblog submit, he shared an e-mail from Dylan Howard, the Nationwide Enquirer’s chief content material officer. Howard, in that e-mail, detailed the assorted pictures he stated the tabloid “obtained throughout our newsgathering.” These pictures included what Howard described as a “‘under the belt selfie — in any other case colloquially often called a ‘d*ck decide'” and different express pictures of each Lauren Sanchez and Bezos.
Michael Sanchez insisted to CNN on Tuesday — earlier than CNN’s reporting that he was the Nationwide Enquirer’s preliminary supply — that he was advised that the investigation “cleared” him of “any involvement” associated to pictures involving Bezos’ genitalia. He stated that he was supplied the knowledge by a 3rd get together with information of the investigation, and that he had not been straight advised he had been cleared by investigators.
“I’ve been advised that the Amazon investigation decided that I used to be not concerned within the leak of the d*ck pics, as a result of I by no means had entry to any of the d*ck pics,” he advised CNN.
Michael Sanchez on Tuesday additionally solid doubt on the rigor of de Becker’s investigation, telling CNN that all through the course of the investigation de Becker “by no means requested to look at my cellphone, laptop computer or notes” or “recognized himself to me as an investigator.” He instructed that Bezos’ suggestion the Saudis or Trump presumably performed a job within the leaking of the textual content messages to the Nationwide Enquirer was an try and distract.