Jeff Bezos' investigator reportedly plans to link the National Enquirer's story about his affair to Saudi Arabia

Alex Wong/Getty ImagesAmazon CEO Jeff Bezos asked his longtime security chief to look into the leak of messages related to his affair with Lauren Sanchez.
  • Jeff Bezos’ security chief is preparing a report based on his investigation into the leak of Bezos’ texts and information about his affair with a former TV personality to the National Enquirer,Vanity Fair reported.
  • In the report, Gavin de Becker, the security chief, is expected to accuse the Enquirer of running the story as a favour to its Saudi investors, according to Vanity Fair.
  • Bezos hinted at Saudi involvement in a Medium post last month.

The National Enquirer published its story about Jeff Bezos’ affair as a favour to investors from Saudi Arabia, Bezos’ investigator is planning to claim in an upcoming report, Vanity Fair said Monday.

Bezos asked Gavin de Becker, his longtime security chief, to look into the leak of his text messages with Lauren Sanchez and and information about his affair with the former television anchor. In a post on Medium last month, Bezos hinted that there was a link between Saudi Arabia and the Enquirer’s coverage of him.

American Media, the Enquirer’s parent company, has a “crushing” amount of debt and the Enquirer’s circulation has been plummeting, Vanity Fair said. The company raised $US460 million to refinance its debt in January. De Becker’s apparent theory is that the Enquirer ran the story on Bezos to return a favour to its Saudi backer, according to Vanity Fair.

In his Medium post, Bezos implicitly alleged that Saudi Arabia hates him because he owns the Washington Post, which has published stories critical of the country following the murder of Post journalist and Saudi citizen Jamal Khashoggi.

Representatives for Bezos and for American Media didn’t immediately respond emailed requests for comment about the Vanity Fair report.

Read the full report in Vanity Fair.

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