FILE PHOTO – Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos speaks throughout an deal with to attendees at Entry Intelligence’s SATELLITE 2017 convention in Washington, U.S., March 7, 2017. REUTERS/Joshua Roberts/File Photograph
DUBAI (Reuters) – Saudi Arabia had “completely nothing to do” with the Nationwide Enquirer’s reporting on an extramarital relationship involving Amazon.com Inc Chief Government Jeff Bezos, the dominion’s minister of state for overseas affairs stated.
Bezos on Thursday accused American Media Inc (AMI), the Enquirer’s proprietor, of attempting to blackmail him with the specter of publishing “intimate photographs” he allegedly despatched to his girlfriend until he stated in public that the U.S. tabloid’s reporting on him was not politically motivated.
In a weblog publish, he alluded to Saudi Arabia’s displeasure on the Bezos-owned Washington Submit’s protection of the homicide of its columnist and Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi.
He additionally referenced media stories about alleged hyperlinks between AMI and Saudi Arabia.
“That is one thing between the 2 events, now we have nothing to do with it,” Adel al-Jubeir informed CBS’ “Face the Nation” when requested if the Saudi authorities was concerned within the Enquirer leaks.
“It sounds to me like a cleaning soap opera,” he stated in an interview to be aired on Sunday, excerpts of which have been posted on CBS’ web site. Jubeir stated he was not conscious of any hyperlinks between the Saudi authorities and AMI or its CEO David Pecker.
AMI stated on Friday its reporting on Bezos was lawful and it will examine his claims.
The killing of Khashoggi on the kingdom’s Istanbul consulate final October strained Saudi Arabia’s ties with Western allies, uncovered the dominion to potential sanctions and tarnished the picture of de facto ruler Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman.
Reporting by Nafisa Eltahir in Dubai; enhancing by Jason Neely