Jeff Bezos’ Security Chief Says Saudis Gained Access to Amazon CEO’s Phone and Private Data, Leading to Affair Revelations in National Enquirer

Jeff Bezos, founder and chief executive officer of Amazon.com Inc., listens during an Economic Club of Washington discussion in Washington, D.C., U.S., on Thursday, Sept. 13, 2018. (Andrew Harrer | Bloomberg | Getty Images)
Jeff Bezos, founder and chief executive officer of Amazon.com Inc., listens during an Economic Club of Washington discussion in Washington, D.C., U.S., on Thursday, Sept. 13, 2018. (Andrew Harrer | Bloomberg | Getty Images)

Saudi Arabia accessed Jeff Bezos’ phone and obtained private data belonging to the Amazon CEO, security specialist Gavin de Becker said in an article posted on The Daily Beast Saturday.

Bezos had tasked de Becker with investigating how National Enquirer publisher AMI obtained intimate photos that the Amazon CEO had sent to his mistress, former TV anchor Lauren Sanchez.

In a shocking post in February, Bezos alleged that AMI blackmailed him by threatening to publish the intimate photos if he did not publicly state that the tabloid’s coverage of him was not politically motivated. AMI has maintained that it acted lawfully in its reporting on Bezos.

De Becker said his investigation had concluded “with high confidence that the Saudis had access to Bezos’ phone and gained private information.”

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SOURCE: Spencer Kimball, CNBC