Private investigators working for Jeff Bezos have concluded that the brother of the Amazon CEO's mistress leaked the couple's intimate text messages to the 'National Enquirer', a person familiar with the matter told The Associated Press last night.
The person wasn't authorised to discuss the matter publicly and spoke on condition of anonymity.
The findings add to the intrigue surrounding the clash between the pro-Trump tabloid and the world's richest man. Bezos' investigators have suggested the Enquirer's coverage of his affair was driven by dirty politics. Trump has been highly critical of Bezos over his ownership of 'The Washington Post' and Amazon, and the Post's coverage of the White House.
The brother, Michael Sanchez, is a supporter of Trump and an acquaintance of the president's allies Roger Stone and Carter Page. He is also the manager of his sister, Lauren Sanchez, a former TV anchor. The investigators have not said how they believe Michael Sanchez came into possession of his sister's intimate messages.
Bezos has said AMI, the Enquirer's parent company, threatened to publish explicit photos of him unless he stopped investigating how it had obtained his private exchanges, and publicly declared that the Enquirer's coverage of him was not politically motivated.