Right up there with “the dog ate my homework” is a new explanation from Amazon’s founder in the midst of a mid-life crisis, “The Saudis did it.” When suggestive text messages from Mr. Bezos to his girlfriend, Lauren Sanchez, showed up in the National Enquirer, Mr. Bezos hired experts to determine who got them to the infamous supermarket tabloid. Their conclusion: The Saudis did it.
The FBI has another theory. Ms. Sanchez’s phone records indicate that she sent them to her brother, Michael Sanchez. The FBI has records showing that Mr. Sanchez received a $200,000 payment from the Enquirer. American Media, publisher of the Enquirer, long ago issued a statement saying that the brother was the source. The FBI is investigating whether American Media attempted to extort Mr. Bezos. American Media has also stated that no third party was involved in their sourcing, just AM and MS doing a deal via a written contract. The Wall Street Journal has reviewed the contract, the text messages, and the payment documentation. Mr. Sanchez says that the Journal has it wrong.
Carlos Danger, Pierre Delecto — these public figures with online presences that they somehow believe are secret. It’s all going public, with or without the Saudis. Think before you post, send, text, tweet.