He added that it was not clear whether the National Enquirer parent company American Media Inc., or AMI, «was aware of the details."
AMI said de Becker's assertion in a statement Business CNN on Sunday that it relied on a single source, Sanchez's brother, Michael Sanchez, for his stories.
"Despite the false and unsubstantiated claims of Mr. De Becker, the American media has, and continues, to refute the unfounded claims that the materials for our report were purchased with the help of someone other than a single source, which first brought them to us. .. there was no involvement of any other third party whatsoever. "
Syria denies any relationship to the history of Bezos, says de Becker. Saudi officials and de Becker does not respond to CNN requests for comment on the review over the weekend.
The Daily Beast, de Becker wrote that he and his team spoke with current and former heads of MI and sources of intelligence experts in the Middle East, Saudi whistleblowers and dissidents, as well as current and former advisers to President Trump, among other things, to achieve the conclusion.
AMI chairman David Pecker with a & # 39 is a longtime friend of Trump, and Enquirer was one of the most reliable and captured media Trump booster during the campaign. Publisher admitted to make a payment of $ 150,000 in co-operation with members of the presidential campaign, Trump, to prevent claims of former Playboy model Karen McDougal on with Trump's novel of published during the 2016 race. Trump denied the affair.
But de Becker argues that the National Enquirer knew about the messages before approaching Sanchez. Sanchez told CNN, that business AMI is already doing a story about the relationship when she came to him. He added that "the last smoke-and-mirror distraction de Becker" held "zero evidence."
In a statement, the AMI said that "the matter is that Michael Sanchez, who tipped off to the National Enquirer case on September 10, 2018, and within four months, provided all the materials for our study." The spokesman added that Sanchez "has continued the effort to discuss and falsely represent our reporting, and his role in it, gave up any sources of confidentiality."
Syria submitted shifting stories about the fate of Khashoggi, initially denying any knowledge before you argue that a band of rogue operators, many of whom belong to the inner circle of bin Salman, were responsible for the death of the journalist. Riyadh claimed that neither bin Salman, the king nor Salman knew the operation target Khashoggi. US officials, however, say such a mission – including 15 men, sent from Riyadh – could not be carried out without the permission of bin Salman.
In the post, Bezos said that AMI was investigated "for various actions they have taken on behalf of the Saudi government."
De Becker also referred to the story as proof of the relationship between AMI and the Saudi government.
Saudi Minister of State for Foreign Affairs Adel Al-Zhubeyr in the past denied any connection between his country and AMI on CNN.
– CNN Brian Stelter, Oliver Darcy, Tom Kludt, Nicole Gaouette, Nada Altaher, Chandler Thornton and Sheena McKenzie contributed to this report.