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After Racy Texts Leak, Bezos Launches Investigation

'Strong leads point to political motives'
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Feb 1, 2019 2:17 AM CST
Updated Feb 1, 2019 6:00 AM CST
In this March 4, 2018 photo, Jeff Bezos and wife MacKenzie Bezos arrive at the Vanity Fair Oscar Party in Beverly Hills, Calif.   (Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP, File)
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(Newser) – The world's richest man doesn't know how his racy text messages to Lauren Sanchez ended up in the National Enquirer—but he can afford to hire private investigators to find out. Gavin de Becker, longtime security chief for Jeff Bezos, is leading the privately funded investigation. He tells the Daily Beast that one of the people the investigation is looking at is Sanchez's brother, Michael Sanchez, a President Trump supporter whose associates include Roger Stone and Carter Page. De Becker says the investigation is ongoing, but "strong leads point to political motives." Trump has often criticized the Amazon CEO and mocked him as "Jeff Bozo" after Bezos announced his divorce in early January.

Sanchez, a Hollywood manager and publicist, scoffed at the allegations. "I am not dignifying de Becker’s passive-aggressive allegations or his crazy conspiracy theories. I’ve recommended that Lauren fire him as security for her and the Whitesell children," he tells Page Six, referring to Sanchez's children with estranged husband Patrick Whitesell. Stone confirmed to the Daily Beast that he knows Michael Sanchez—and said he hadn't hacked Lauren Sanchez's phone. After he was told that nobody had suggested that he had, Stone replied: "You are busted. You are not a journalist. No one believes anything you write." As for the texts, here's one: "I love you, alive girl. I will show you with my body, and my lips and my eyes, very soon." (On Tuesday, Stone pleaded not guilty to charges in Robert Mueller's investigation.)

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