Jeff Bezos may have founded a company that can offer its customers pretty much anything.
But he isn't about to let his chief rival get away with anything it wants, least of all blackmail.
Allow us to explain...
The Amazon CEO, who also owns The Washington Post, just shocked the nation by penning a blog post in which he called out The National Enquirer for extortion.
But Bezos didn't merely make a few hollow charges against American Media Inc. and its head executive, David Pecker.
He provided explicit proof of the extortion -- in the form of emails sent to his attorneys that references X-rated photos of Bezos and his mistress, Lauren Sanchez.
The Enquirer was threatening to release these images unless Bezos agreed to have his newspaper tone down its critiques of President Donald Trump and, specifically, its investigation into ties between Trump and Saudi Arabia.
"Something unusual happened to me yesterday," wrote Bezos in his piece on Medium, adding:
"I was made an offer I couldn't refuse. Or at least that's what the top people at the National Enquirer thought.
"I'm glad they thought that, because it emboldened them to put it all in writing.
"Rather than capitulate to extortion and blackmail, I've decided to publish exactly what they sent me, despite the personal cost and embarrassment they threaten."
From there, Bezos included emails sent to his legal team from The Enquirer.
These messages alleged that the tabloid had in its possession, and we quote:
- Ms. Sanchez response — a photograph of her smoking a cigar in what appears to be a simulated oral sex scene.
- A shirtless Mr. Bezos holding his phone in his left hand — while wearing his wedding ring. He’s wearing either tight black cargo pants or shorts — and his semi-erect manhood is penetrating the zipper of said garment.
- A naked selfie in a bathroom — while wearing his wedding ring.
Back in January, Bezos announced his separation from his wife of 25 years.
A day later, reports spread that lewd pictures and exchanges between Bezos and Sanchez, the woman he had allegedly been seeing, had been obtained by an outlet and might soon be released.
Bezos now writes that The Enquirer is the publication that is in possession of these items.
"In the AMI letters I’m making public, you will see the precise details of their extortionate proposal," he says, explaining:
"They will publish the personal photos unless... I make the specific false public statement to the press that [The Post has] no knowledge or basis for suggesting that AMI’s coverage was politically motivated or influenced by political forces.”
This is a reference to The Washington Post having often reporting that the National Enquirer has either relelased stories - or, in many cases, purchased the rights to stories and then withheld them from the public - due to a cozy relationship with President Trump.
The Post has been all over the Trump administration's ties to Saudi Arabia ever since its journalist, Jamal Khashoggi, was murdered last year by that country's regime.
And Pecker was recently granted immunity in a federal investigation into former Trump attorney Michael Cohen.
In exchange, Pecker agreed to provide federal prosecutors information on hush money deals.
The Enquirer has admitted to a practice known as "catch and kill," in which it would pay someone such as a Donald Trump mistress for the exclusive rights to publish her allegations...
... only to then NOT publish them.
The mistress would then be under contract to never mention these allegations to any other publication.
This worked as a method to hide many Donald Trump scandals from the world.
No one from AMI has yet responded to Bezos' bombshell post, which you can read HERE.
But it's hard not to wonder:
Did President Trump instruct his good friend, Pecker, to blackmail Bezos (who he openly disdains on Twitter) in this manner in order to try and silence The Washington Post?