AMI Asked DOJ if it Should Register as an Agent of Saudi Arabia

The Wall Street Journal peeled back another layer in the National Enquirer saga after reporting that American Media Inc., the company that owns the National Enquirer, asked the DOJ if one of their reporters should register as a Saudi agent.

The newspaper reported that a redacted letter published by the DOJ’s Foreign Agents Registration Act unit was addressed to American Media, which had to do with an upcoming release heaping praise on Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Mohammad Bin Salman to coincide with a visit to Washington last March.

“According to your submission, [U.S. corporation] created and published [publication] [text deleted], to coincide with the visit of [foreign government leader],” the redacted letter reads.

The  letter says that American Media ostensibly hired an unnamed advisor to the Saudi government to write an article for and edit the magazine, titled “The New Kingdom.” But the real point of interest is how the magazine included an editorial adulating the Saudi leader by French financial advisor Kacy Grine. Grine has experience working in Saudi Arabia and reportedly visited Trump in July 2017 with American Media CEO David Pecker and Chief Content Officer Dylan Howard.

All of this adds another dimension of intrigue to the ongoing battle between Amazon founder and Washington Post owner Jeff Bezos and American Media. Bezos, of course, claims that he was blackmailed by the Enquirer. The Washington Post was quite critical of Saudi Arabia’s involvement in the killing of its reporter Jamal Khashoggi. Bezos wrote the “Saudi angle seems to hit a particularly sensitive nerve.”

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