Jeff Bezos extortion national enquirer
Disliker of PowerPoint and unions Jeff Bezos (Image: AP/Cliff Owen)

At the centre of one of recent history's greatest extortion attempts is Australian Dylan Howard, a former Geelong Advertiser and Seven News journalist. The now-executive at AMI Media, publisher of US tabloid The National Enquirer, Howard is the author of an already-infamous letter to Amazon boss Jeff Bezos which threatened to publish intimate text messages unless he renounced a finding that the Enquirer's exposure of his extra-marital affair had been politically motivated.

In 2018, the Enquirer published the details of some text messages sent between Bezos, who also owns The Washington Post, and his now-partner Lauren Sanchez. Bezos funded an investigation into how they obtained the text messages, which, he said, had AMI "apoplectic", particularly about what he called "the Saudi angle".