Did Someone in Government Call for Amazon’s Jeff Bezo’s Phone to Be Hacked?

Did Someone in Government Call for Amazon’s Jeff Bezo’s Phone to Be Hacked? February 8, 2019

On Thursday evening, the news of Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos’ explosive claims of extortion and blackmail by Trump pal, David Pecker’s organization, American Media Inc. (parent company of tabloid magazine, The National Enquirer) was the top trending topic across social media.

Bezos made the bold decision to post the whole story for the world to see.

Apparently, his hiring of an investigator to track down how AMI came in possession of private text messages and information regarding an affair he was having with a married, former television anchorwoman, Lauren Sanchez.

Bezos, and his wife, MacKenzie, got ahead of the story by announcing their divorce the day before The National Enquirer went front page with the affair.

In his Thursday post, Bezos said that he had been informed that when Pecker found out that he had employed someone to begin an investigation, he went “apoplectic.”

It was so much so that AMI’s chief content officer, Dylan Howard, sent an email to Martin Decker, litigation counsel for Bezo’s investigator, Gavin de Becker, detailing nine explicit images they had obtained, and were prepared to release, should Bezos not put a stop to the investigation.

Bezos acknowledged that the images would certainly be embarrassing, should they be splattered across the pages of a tabloid rag, but he was willing to risk it.

Said Bezos:

“Of course I don’t want personal photos published, but I also won’t participate in their well-known practice of blackmail, political favors, political attacks and corruption,” Mr. Bezos wrote of A.M.I., explaining why he had decided to speak out. “I prefer to stand up, roll this log over and see what crawls out.”

And crawl, they shall.

De Becker is examining if there’s any connection between the release of the information about the affair and to Ms. Sanchez’s brother, who is apparently a Trump supporter.

It is no secret that for myriad reasons, Donald Trump despises Jeff Bezos.

While most of it can be chalked up to his impotent rage over a man who has proven to be the far better businessman, and an actual billionaire.

Envy hangs heavy over the smallness of Trump’s true, financial reach.

Bezos also owns The Washington Post, however, and their coverage of Trump’s presidency has been less than favorable.

As the intrigue behind this unfolding drama grows, one WaPo reporter believes he may have some answers, in regards to who is behind the story.

In an appearance on MSNBC on Thursday, Post reporter Manuel Roig-Franzia said that Bezos’s security consultant, Gavin de Becker, believes that the National Enquirer obtained text messages from Bezos through inappropriate means.

Obviously.

“They have begun to believe, the Bezos camp, that this publication by the National Enquirer might have been politically motivated,” Roig-Franzia said Thursday.

“Gavin de Becker told us that he does not believe that Jeff Bezos’s phone was hacked, he thinks it’s possible that a government entity might have gotten hold of his text messages,” he added.

In other words, someone with access to tap into a private citizen’s cell phone and grab those images and texts – but who?

It’s a valid question, and if Roig-Franzia and de Becker are correct, it is a breathtaking misuse of government resources, as well as the civil liberties of an American citizen.

We have not heard the last of this.

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  • John Hinkle

    Pecker fatally underestimated Bezos.

    Trump in the past wanted to use the power of his office to harm Bezos:

    …to “stop” a “special deal” that he believed Amazon was getting from the U.S. Postal Service.

    https://www.theatlantic.com/politics/archive/2019/01/obscure-white-house-aide-writes-stunning-trump-tell-all/581416/

    (This is according to the book Team of Vipers by Cliff Sims).

    Who knows what else Trump has done or attempted against Bezos. So Bezos probably knew his best play was to expose the blackmail.

    While it would be truly rich if mob boss Trump was implicated in this, I doubt anyone will find out. If he was behind it, it was probably a private conversation in which Trump said something like, “I want Bezos embarrassed. I mean really embarrassed.” That could’ve been said to Pecker, who then had Sanchez’s brother contrive a visit to his sister and access her phone. Or it could’ve been to a trusted person with connections in some intel agency. Or maybe a private agency was involved. Who knows.

    Bottom line is that Pecker’s attempt to blackmail Bezos can only mean those texts were ill gotten, one way or another.

  • IllinoisPatriot

    I agree that the texts were will-gotten and also that Pecker is definitely doing Trump’s bidding in this case – attempting to destroy Bezos.

    I also agree that this is worth investigation by Mueller and / or several state prosecutors as it is more than likely politically motivated and that political motivation would start with Trump. Perhaps we’ll see a rash of new investigations of MANY Trump associates – perhaps even to the point that mere association with Trump makes someone a pariah – even among Trump’s low class of “associates”. Of course this would require that many low-life associates get indicted and jail time. Mueller is getting a start, but seems barely able to scratch the surface….

  • AJ

    Wait. Correct me if I’m wrong, but wasn’t Trump fuming at Obama for tapping or hacking on him in some way, freaking out because the top man in government was spying on a regular-Joe citizen? And now, though there’s no evidence yet, the shoe appears to be on the other foot. Talk about irony…or would that be projecting (accusing someone else of doing what you, yourself, are guilty of)?

  • Ronald Langdon

    “Wait IN MUELLER WE TRUST” Laughable!!! Mueller has a sordid history with FISA court. FBI director Robert Mueller testifies during a hearing before the House Judiciary Committee July 26th, 2007 on Capital Hill in Washington, DC.. The hearing was held to examine whether the FBI misused their power. Democrats and Robert Mueller still have not explained how the unverified anti-Trump “dossier” funded by the Hillary campaign ended up as “evidence” to obtain a warrant from the secret Washington FISA court to spy on the Trump campaign. Mueller was once hauled before the Fisa court to address a large number of instances in which the FBI cheated on sensitive surveillance warrants.Conveniently material facts were left out . The FBI omitted significant information from the application for the Fisa warrant hat allowed it to spy on the Trump campaign. The info omitted was the fact that the primary evidence the “dossier”wasnt evidence at all but was political opposition research produced on behalf of and paid for by the democratic party and Hillary Clinton’s campaign in hopes of harming Trumps chance for the election The darkness will come to he lightin time.

  • Brian Orion

    I can’t stand that hypocritical oligarch Bezos but official retaliation against critics of the government is the stuff of tinpot dictatorships/failed states (and failed presidencies).

  • John225

    New theory (new to me at least) is that the evangelical Christian movement has been corrupted to some degree by a prosperity gospel. The idea that to be blessed by god is to be prosperous has at its heart the notion that having lots of money will make a person happy (blessed), every person. To extend that idea to its illogical conclusion means the godly will be wealthy and the ungodly will be poor. This would lead to a wealthiest discrimination and give the wealthy a moral authority they don’t deserve (yes cheaters do win sometimes). The false prophet Mark Taylor clearly preaches a prosperity gospel with Trump being the instrument that will deliver it. Trump with things like the MAGA message has played to this. This would make Trump the new (false) messiah of the new prosperity religion. It also makes salvation earthly for individuals (becoming wealthy) and political for the nation (becoming powerful and respected among nations) and it makes America the promised land (flowing with milk and honey) somehow singled out for special treatment by god perhaps because of its protection of Israel (that’s a little ironic don’t you think). Justifications include 2 Chronicles 7:14. I’m reminded of the often misquoted 1 Timothy 6:10, and Ecclesiastes 5:10.

  • IllinoisPatriot

    I believe such religious beliefs (in worldly rewards) come under the heading of “profit preachers” or “inspired profits”. Other names include “TV Evangelicals”, frauds, and “false teachers”. They rank right up there with “magic spring water” and “faith healing (as seen on TV)”. True faith healing is a quiet miracle – a gift that (if ever advertised or monetized) would be immediately lost – a gift that would not be based on the faith of the one doing the healing, but of the one being healed – therefore it would NOT be reproducible, or predictable or dependable (or for those reasons even believable). True faith healing is not a transaction or an event to be televised, but a very quiet, personal reward for one’s faith and actions as a result of that faith – likely manifested or excused away as simply “exceptionally good health”.