After the revelation that The National Enquirer had obtained intimate texts and images between Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos and Lauren Sanches, Bezos ordered an investigation into who was behind of data breach. In a post at The Daily Beast Bezos security consultant, Gavin De Becker, says that his team of researchers has "come to the conclusion with great confidence that the Saudis had access to Bezos's phone" , although he says that they are not able to link this access with the data that the Applicant claimed to have.
In February, Bezos published a remarkable post on Medium, saying that Enquirer and its parent company, AMI, had tried to extort and blackmail him with images he had sent to a woman with whom he had sent messages. having an adventure The story is part of a much larger one that fuels the rivalry between Bezos, who also owns The Washington Post, and President Donald Trump, who has described the publication as a "lobbyist newspaper" and includes an El The international angle involves Saudi Arabia, which reportedly considers Bezos and Post as a threat.
After Bezos published his publication, he ordered Becker to find out how the newspaper had accessed his images and texts. Quickly the news emerged that it was Sanchez's brother, Michael, who provided the texts to the publication, but since then other theories emerged: that Bezos was hacked, that an intelligence agency leaked the images to the Trump Administration or that it was a foreign government. Agency, such as Saudi Arabia or the United Arab Emirates.
In his publication for The Daily Beast Becker pointed out details that indicate that Michael Sanchez might not have been the source of the texts: say that the Enquirer had contacted Michael Sánchez , after seeing text exchanges between Bezos and Lauren Sánchez, "it would clearly and obviously mean that the initial information came from other channels, another source or method".
He goes on to say that his investigation concluded "with confidence that the Saudis would have access to Bezos's telephone and obtain private information." He says that "they did not come to our conclusions lightly" and that they have since transmitted their conclusions to the But he also says that while they believe that Saudi Arabia may have accessed Bezo's phone, it is unclear if they passed that information to AMI.
Becker points to the history and connections of Enquirer ] with the Kingdom, and paints a picture that the country is using AMI and its publications to put pressure on people it considers enemies, such as Bezos and The Washington Post .
Bezos alluded to Saudi Arabia in his message, saying that AMI had been investigated for "several actions they had taken on behalf of the Government of Saudi Arabia," he pointed to Jamal's coverage in The Washington Post t of Jamal The assassination of Khashoggi, and that "the Saudi angle seems to strike a particularly sensitive nerve". Since then, AMI has issued a statement, denying that Saudi Arabia was involved.