Pecker’s Lawyer: This Wasn’t Extortion Or Blackmail

The Daily Beast reports:

An attorney for the publisher of the National Enquirer says the person who leaked text messages between Amazon founder Jeff Bezos and Lauren Sanchez is “well known” to both of them. In an appearance on ABC’s This Week Sunday morning, lawyer Elkan Abramowitz, who represents AMI chief executive David Pecker, also denied that a letter sent to Bezos threatening to release intimate photos was criminal. “It absolutely is not extortion and not blackmail,” Abramowitz said.

Mediaite reports:

“What happened was the story was given to the National Enquirer by a reliable source that had given information to the National Enquirer for seven years prior to this story,” he said. “And it was a source that was well known to both Mr. Bezos and Miss Sanchez.  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 not the White House, it was not Saudi Arabia. It was not inspired by The Washington Post.”