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Source of Bezos pic & text leak is likely a gay Trump supporter

Jeff Bezos at the 2010 ENCORE Awards
Jeff Bezos at the 2010 ENCORE Awards Photo: Steve Jurvetson/Wikipedia

Michael Sanchez, a gay Trump supporter, is being fingered as the source of Amazon’s founder Jeff Bezos’ leaked photos and texts with his mistress, Lauren Sanchez. He is her brother.

Multiple sources inside AMI, the parent company of the National Enquirer, are telling reporters that Sanchez was the source. A lawyer for the company also hinted that Sanchez was the source.

“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. It was a source that was well known to both Mr. Bezos and Ms. Sanchez,” attorney Elkan Abramowitz told ABC’s George Stephanopoulos.

Bezos managed to get in front of the Enquirer story, but started an investigation into how the tabloid, which has a close relationship with President Trump, happened to get its hands on what it called “raunchy messages and erotic selfies.”

Related: Him too? Journalist Ronan Farrow joins Jeff Bezos in National Enquirer extortion allegations

Bezos published emails sent to him by an AMI executive demanding he call off his private investigation in exchange for not publishing more photos and texts between Bezos and his lover. Bezos believes he was targeted because he also owns the Washington Post, one of President Donald Trump’s most hated newspapers.

Gavin de Becker, Bezos’s personal security consultant and a former Justice Department official, said that “strong leads point to political motives” for whoever turned the messages over to the Enquirer.

Sanchez’s Twitter account is an ode to MAGA-hood, decrying the Mueller investigation as a witch hunt and attacking the mainstream media for fake news.

Sanchez has ties to Trump’s circle of oddballs, including recently indicted dirty trickster Roger Stone. Carter Page, a former Trump advisor who is being investigated by Mueller for his ties to Russia during the presidential campaign, also describes Sanchez as a friend.

A talent manager and publicist, Sanchez has been married to his husband, Casey Ashby, since 2011. Ashby is a Gucci store director. They live in West Hollywood.

In response to the news he’d been questioned, Sanchez accused de Becker of spreading “fake, unhinged conservative conspiracy theories [and] ‘dog whistle” smears.”

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