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Feb 8, 2019 5:30 PM 2+ mon ago

The National Enquirer pushed the envelope with Bezos, but was it a crime?

Amazon.com Chief Executive Jeff Bezos has accused the National Enquirer's parent company of extortion and blackmail. (Los Angeles Times)

Legal experts say the National Enquirer has undoubtedly pushed the envelope far when comes to its dealings with Jeff Bezos and his team, but proving a crime of extortion might prove difficult.

Bezos, the Amazon.com chief executive who also owns the Washington Post, took the extraordinary step of publishing emails between lawyers for his security consultant and the Enquirer on the website Medium on Thursday. He then tweeted a link to his post.

He wrote that the Enquirer's parent company, American Media Inc., wanted him to make a false public statement declaring that he and the consultant, Gavin de Becker, "have no knowledge or basis for suggesting that AMI's coverage was politically motivated or influenced by political forces."

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