Jeff Bezos' surprising accusation that the National Enquirer tried to blackmail him mentioned the close ties between the paper's publisher, David Pecker, and President Donald Trump – and a second, less well-known connection.
Bezos highlighted the link between the New York tabloid's parent company, American Media, and the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, returning to it several times, reports CNN.
While Saudi Minister of State for Foreign Affairs Adel al-Jubeir denied any connection between his country and AMI to CNN, Bezos said in his Thursday statement that the link between the Kingdom and the media company is not yet fully understood. He carefully laid out a web of connections.
The prompt for Bezos' post was his decision to hire a respected investigator to find out how texts to his girlfriend were obtained and published by the National Enquirer – and to find out why the paper and Pecker, the AMI chairman, had made him a target.
"Several days ago, an AMI leader advised us that Mr. Pecker is 'apoplectic' about our investigation," Bezos wrote. "For reasons still to be better understood, the Saudi angle seems to hit a particularly sensitive nerve," he continued.
On Friday, al-Jubeir denied any link between the Kingdom and the alleged effort by American Media to embarrass Bezos, dismissing the events by likening them to "a soap opera."