Jeff Bezos says National Enquirer publisher tried to extort him

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(WCJB/CNN)-- The world's richest man is taking a stand against a threat. Jeff Bezos, the founder of Amazon and owner of the Washington Post says the National Enquirer's parent company tried to blackmail and extort him by threatening the release of compromising photos.

A blog post, accusing the national enquirer's publisher AMI, of blackmail and extortion. The tell-all includes an e-mail Bezos says his team received from an AMI executive.

Ken Cuccinelli former Virginia Attorney General says, "even though it was washed through lawyers, you know, this falls in the old, I think it was a Gerald Ford quote 'ninety percent of the lawyers give ten percent of us a bad name.' These guys are among the 90 percent."

The Enquirer said in January that it had been investigating an alleged Bezos affair for months. Bezos says AMI wanted him to stop a Washington Post investigation into the tabloid's motives in pursuing the story.

Jeff Toobin a legal analyst explains, "he feels, apparently, that there was political motivation for what the enquirer was doing."

If Bezos would say the Enquirer's reporting on his affair was not politically motivated, the company said it would not publish compromising pictures of Bezos.

One legal analyst says Bezos may have trouble finding a prosecutor to charge AMI because of all the factors involved.

Norman Eisen a legal commentator says, "there's the potential legal dispute, there's the effort to settle the matter, there's the fact that lawyers are involved, advise of counsel issues."

Bezos and his wife of 25 years recently announced they were getting divorced. An Amazon spokeswoman declined to comment other than to confirm that Bezos wrote the post.