The National Enquirer’s parent company said it had one and only one source for its blockbuster exposé of Jeff Bezos: Michael Sanchez, the brother of Bezos’ girlfriend Lauren Sanchez.
An American Media Inc. spokesman responded Sunday to a Daily Beast op-ed from Bezos’ security consultant Gavin de Becker, who wrote that his investigation had concluded that the Saudis had accessed the Amazon security chief's phone. The spokesman said in a statement:
Despite the false and unsubstantiated claims of Mr. de Becker, American Media has, and continues to, refute the unsubstantiated claims that the materials for our report were acquired with the help of anyone other than the single source who first brought them to us. The fact of the matter is, it was Michael Sanchez who tipped the National Enquirer off to the affair on Sept. 10, 2018, and over the course of four months provided all of the materials for our investigation. His continued efforts to discuss and falsely represent our reporting, and his role in it, has waived any source confidentiality. There was no involvement by any other third party whatsoever.