Gay Trump Supporter Michael Sanchez Was Paid $200K to Leak Racy Photos of Jeff Bezos to ‘National Enquirer’

In February, The Daily Beast reported that Michael Sanchez, a gay Trump supporter and the brother of Jeff Bezos’ mistress Lauren Sanchez, was behind the leak of Bezos’ racy photos to the National Enquirer.

Late on Monday, the Wall Street Journal reported that Michael Sanchez was paid $200,000 by the Enquirer‘s parent company AMI to do so.

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HuffPost reports: “Michael Sánchez, a talent agent and Lauren Sánchez’s brother, was a longtime source for the Enquirer, the Journal reported Monday. He’d started talking to the tabloid last fall about his sister’s relationship with Bezos, the paper said, citing unnamed sources. The Enquirer had already been trailing and photographing Bezos and Sánchez at the time of those conversations. David Pecker, American Media Inc.’s CEO, reportedly approved the payment to Sánchez so the tabloid could acquire the sexually charged text messages that the couple had sent to each other.”

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USA Today reports: ‘The amount is higher than the company typically pays sources, the Journal reported, saying it “reflected the significance American Media placed on Mr. Sanchez’s information. … The Journal reported that Pecker was unaware Michael Sanchez was paid up-front and had a heated meeting with general counsel Cameron Stracher in New York City. AMI source agreements require, in most cases, for the company to pay for information after the story is published and if a story is never published the company doesn’t have to pay, the Journal reported. The company’s contract with Michael Sanchez was different and stipulated he was to paid up-front, regardless of whether any story was published, people familiar with the contract told the Journal.’

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Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez Can Claim Political Victory In Amazon Scrapping NYC HQ

Alexandra Ocasio-Cortez aka AOC aka the junior representative of NY’s 14th Congressional District can claim her first legit political win–Amazon has abandoned plans for a NYC headquarters in Long Island City Queens.

“Anything is possible: today was the day a group of dedicated, everyday New Yorkers & their neighbors defeated Amazon’s corporate greed, its worker exploitation, and the power of the richest man in the world,” Ocasio-Cortez tweeted.

In a statement Amazon said: “After much thought and deliberation, we’ve decided not to move forward with our plans to build a headquarters for Amazon in Long Island City, Queens. For Amazon, the commitment to build a new headquarters requires positive, collaborative relationships with state and local elected officials who will be supportive over the long-term. While polls show that 70 percent of New Yorkers support our plans and investment, a number of state and local politicians have made it clear that they oppose our presence and will not work with us to build the type of relationships that are required to go forward with the project we and many others envisioned in Long Island City.”

While never mentioned by name AOC has been the one consistent political voice of dissent on what was an otherwise great talking point on NY boosterism for Governor Andrew Cuomo.

AOC has been a vocal opponent of the deal to lure the online retail giant to Long Island City — which would’ve given Amazon $3 billion in city and state subsidies in exchange for bringing a projected 25,000 jobs to the area.

But it would also have upended the neighborhood and probably led to squeezing out of the middle class community there.

A self-identified Republican who lives in the neighborhood and would only give the name Nadia said, “I hope she’s happy–there go all the jobs. For Ocasio-Ortez this is the equivalent of Trump getting his wall.”

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Gay Trump Supporter Thought to Be Behind Leak of Racy Jeff Bezos Photos to ‘National Enquirer’

Michael Sanchez, a gay Trump supporter and the brother of Jeff Bezos’ mistress Lauren Sanchez, is behind the leak of Bezos’ sexts to the National Enquirer, according to The Daily Beast, which built its report from multiple sources inside AMI.

The Daily Beast adds: ‘No one who spoke to The Daily Beast implied that Michael Sanchez in any way hacked his sister’s phone, and he has not been charged with any crime. In fact, three people familiar with the Bezos-funded probe told The Daily Beast in late January that it had found no evidence of a hack. However, Bezos’ investigators have strongly suspected Sanchez was the leaker since at least last week, according to two people familiar with the investigation. “There is no one inside this inquiry process who doesn’t believe he’s ground zero,” one of those sources said. Abramowitz, the AMI lawyer, appeared to confirm this in his Sunday interview, saying, “Any investigator that was going to investigate this knew who the source was.”’

Adds Jezebel: ‘Sanchez, who previously worked for MTV as its director of sales and marketing and is described by the Washington Post (which Bezos owns) as a “pro-Trump Hollywood talent manager who is also an acquaintance of provocative Trump backers Roger Stone and Carter Page” and a “typical West Hollywood gay man” by LGBTQNation (which notes he and his husband dressed as handbags for Halloween in 2017), has denied that he was the leaker and insisted to the Post that he wants “to clear my name by telling the truth.” He also told the Post that several people at the National Enquirer’s parent company, American Media Inc., told him that the tabloid wants to do “a takedown to make Trump happy.”’

Elkan Abramowitz, who represents AMI CEO David Pecker, told George Stephanopoulos on ABC News’ This Week that the source of the photos was well-known to both Bezos and Lauren Sanchez, denying that the Amazon CEO was blackmailed.

Said Abramowitz: “It absolutely is not extortion and not blackmail. The story was given to The National Enquirer by a reliable source that had been giving information to the National Enquirer for seven years prior to this story. It was a source that was well known to both Mr. Bezos and Miss [Lauren] Sanchez.

Asked by Stephanopoulos if Michael Sanchez was the source, Abramowitz replied: “I can’t discuss who the source was. It’s confidential within AMI, so I’m not going to answer who the source was. It was somebody close to both Bezos and Miss Sanchez.”

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