Bezos probe concludes mistress’s brother leaked intimate text messages

Galtero Lara
Febrero 12, 2019

Private investigators working for Jeff Bezos have determined that the brother of the Amazon chief executive's mistress leaked the couple's intimate text messages to the National Enquirer.

Citing unnamed sources within AMI, the tabloid's parent company, a story in The Daily Beast late Sunday said that Michael Sanchez may have given the texts to the Enquirer. But Michael told Howard Kurtz, a Fox News host, that he didn't do it. "Sanchez says "No way would I be involved in a leak that would be bad for my sister, "' Kurtz said".

When his name was first floated as a possibility in January, Sanchez told the Washington Post, which is owned by Bezos, that he was not the source and called claims about him "lies, half-truths, sloppy tabloid leaks, [and] insane conspiracy theories".

Here's a closer look at Michael Sanchez's role in all of this. In a January 31 tweet, he said without evidence that Bezos' longtime security consultant, Gavin de Becker, who is leading the private investigation, "spreads fake, unhinged conservative conspiracy theories".

A Post-created GIF that cycles through texts Jeff Bezos allegedly sent to Lauren Sanchez, according to the National Enquirer. He previously worked at MTV, according to Heavy, and has been married to his husband, Casey Ashby, since 2011.

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Sanchez's Twitter account is an ode to MAGA-hood, decrying the Mueller investigation as a witch hunt and attacking the mainstream media for fake news.

Sanchez told the Washington Post that numerous people at AMI informed him that the National Enquirer was doing "a takedown to make Trump happy".

He also appeared to write a letter to the editor in the Los Angeles Times, where he called himself "a gay man, a Hispanic, a West Hollywood homeowner and strong supporter of Trump".

Read the full Daily Beast report here.

Sanchez posted a photo with Page and Hughes at Politicon last October.

The Daily Beast underscores that there is no indication that Sanchez hacked his sister's phone and that he hasn't been charged with any crime, noting that the Bezos investigation found no evidence of hacking. Their investigation into how the National Enquirer and AMI handled the story, de Becker noted, is "ongoing". In the interview, attorney Elkan Abramowitz said the source was "well known to both Mr. Bezos and Ms. Sanchez".

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