Bezos opened an investigation into the leak, led by longtime safety advisor Gavin de Becker. De Becker told media that the leak was politically motivated and has pointed the finger at Sanchez’s brother Michael, a Hollywood expertise supervisor with shut hyperlinks to Donald Trump associates.
In a stunning blogpost on Thursday, Bezos cited an e-mail from AMI deputy common counsel, Jon Fine, to a lawyer representing de Becker. In it, AMI proposed a public acknowledgment from Bezos and de Becker that “they have no knowledge or basis for suggesting that [AMI’s] coverage was politically motivated or influenced by political forces”.
In return for such an acknowledgment, based on the e-mail, AMI provided “not to publish, distribute, share, or describe unpublished texts and photos,” Bezos stated.
Bezos stated the assertion AMI was proposing was false and described the supply as an “extortionate proposal”.
On Friday, AMI stated that on the time of Bezos’ allegations it was “in good faith negotiations to resolve all matters with him”.
“In light of the nature of the allegations published by Mr Bezos, the Board has convened and determined that it should promptly and thoroughly investigate the claims. Upon completion of that investigation, the Board will take whatever appropriate action is necessary,” it added.
Bezos, Amazon.com and the newspaper he owns privately, The Washington Post, have all been targets of assaults on Twitter by US President Donald Trump.