1. SOUNDBITE (English) Tor Ekeland, Federal Criminal Defense Lawyer
"I thought Jeff Bezos posting his blog post in Medium was a smart power play by him. I don't understand what A.M.I media is thinking in doing what they did. I don't think anybody in the country cares about Jeff Bezos' consensual sexting with his lover. I don't think anybody in the country cares about these pictures. I find it strange and I don't quite understand why A.M.I. and its lawyers engaged in activity that potentially violates federal extortion laws and state criminal laws involving coercion."
2. SOUNDBITE (English) Tor Ekeland, Federal Criminal Defense Lawyer
"Because what it looks like is that they took what they were doing there for granted and they expected that Bezos was just going to capitulate because that's what everybody else did. But they grossly, grossly miscalculated and the risk that they run now is felony criminal liability depending on how they got those texts."
A federal criminal defense lawyer says Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos' blog post on Medium was a 'smart power play' and that it could lead to criminal charges against the publisher of the National Enquirer.
Federal Criminal Defense Lawyer Tor Ekeland, who is not connected to the case, says A.M.I.'s demands potentially violate extortion laws, and depending upon how they got the private text message, anti-hacking laws.
Bezos said Thursday he was the target of "extortion and blackmail" by the publisher of the National Enquirer, which he said threatened to publish revealing personal photos of him unless he stopped investigating how the tabloid obtained his private exchanges with his mistress.
Bezos, who is also owner of The Washington Post, detailed his interactions with American Media Inc., or AMI, in an extraordinary blog post Thursday on Medium.com. The billionaire did not say the tabloid was seeking money — instead, he said, the Enquirer wanted him to make a public statement that the tabloid's coverage was not politically motivated.
Bezos' accusations add another twist to a high-profile clash between the world's richest man and the leader of America's best-known tabloid, a strong backer of President Donald Trump. Bezos' investigators have suggested the Enquirer's coverage of his affair — which included the release of risque texts — was driven by dirty politics.