Bezos claims that AMI asked him to "make the specific false public statement to the press that we 'have no knowledge or basis for suggesting that AMI's coverage was politically motivated or influenced by political forces.'"
AMI is the publisher of the National Enquirer, the tabloid that broke the news about Bezos' relationship with Lauren Sanchez.
The blog post by Bezos is also worth reading.
Facts, hearsay and conjecture:
FACT: The Senate's 120-day deadline for the Trump administration to reach a conclusion about the killing of Jamal Khashoggi is today.
FACT: The Washington Post has driven coverage of the killing of Jamal Khashoggi, which is unsurprising, considering they gave him a byline.
FACT: Muhammed bin Salman has been threatening to kill Khashoggi for years.
FACT: The Washington Post is reporting that Bezos' team thinks the leaks are "politically motivated".
FACT: Gavin de Becker, Jeff Bezos' investigation head, has literally written textbooks on extortion and how to deal with it.
FACT: The National Enquirer put out a 100-page glossy magazine celebrating Saudi Arabia in March.
FACT: Saudi interests and National Enquirer interests were assembled by the Trump administration.
FACT: The Saudis bought phone hacking software from the Israelis in 2017.
Pretend you're David Pecker. You know - beyond a reasonable doubt - that MBS will happily kill American journalists. Yeah - you've signed a plea deal with the Mueller investigation but... bone saws. What's your out on this one?
I'm thinkin' I'n'I are committing some extortion to writing and getting the hell out from in between an irresistible force and an immovable object.
Apparently the Enquirer runs on AWS.