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Bezos’s Story Spurs U.S. Prosecutors’ Scrutiny of AMI, Sources Say

  • Authorities were given publisher’s missives to Amazon founder
  • Potential jeopardy for AMI’s previous deal with prosecutors
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AMI deal with Feds in trouble?
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Federal prosecutors are reviewing the National Enquirer’s handling of its story about Jeff Bezos’s extramarital affair to determine if the company violated an earlier cooperation deal with prosecutors, according to two people familiar with the matter.

Prosecutors in the Manhattan U.S. attorney’s office have been provided with information about key exchanges of concern to Bezos, the founder of Amazon.com Inc. In a jaw-dropping public blog post Thursday night, Bezos published letters from lawyers representing National Enquirer’s publisher, American Media Inc., who demanded he drop a private investigation into the media company, or else it would publish more embarrassing photographs about the wealthy businessman. Bezos accused the National Enquirer publisher of extortion.