"Rather than capitulate to extortion and blackmail, I've made a decision to publish exactly what they sent me, despite the personal cost and embarrassment they threaten".
Bezos shared what he said was an email from AMI's chief content officer Dylan Howard, in which Howard threatened to release intimate and personal photos and text messages of Bezos and a woman the National Enquirer said he was having an affair with.
After the story ran, Bezos ordered his longtime security consultant, Gavin de Becker, to lead the probe into how the Enquirer obtained the lewd text messages.
"They will publish the personal photos unless Gavin de Becker and I make the specific false public statement to the press that we "have no knowledge or basis for suggesting that AMI's coverage was politically motivated or influenced by political forces".
Bezos alleges that Pecker and his crew are threatening to post the nudes because of an investigation by the Washington Post - which Bezos owns - into whether Pecker has been using his tabloids, including the Enquirer, for political ends.
A Fox News request for comment from AMI was not immediately returned.
The National Enquirer, run by David Pecker, a friend of Mr Trump, has historically been supportive of the US President, and past year it was implicated in payments made before the election to a woman who claimed she had had an affair with Mr Trump, made in order to silence her.
Bezos and his wife announced last month that they were divorcing after 25 years of marriage, following a period of "loving exploration" and trial separation. "I prefer to stand up, roll this log over, and see what crawls out". Now that the world knows what the photos show and how they were brought to Bezos's attention, the Enquirer's decision to publish them would look that much sleazier.
What it comes down to is that Bezos, who owns The Washington Post, has claimed their investigation was "politically motivated".
But the company has admitted in the past that it engaged in what's known as "catch-and-kill" practices to help Trump become president.
Patrick Whitesell and Lauren Sanchez at the Los Angeles Premiere Of Warner Bros. He owns the Washington Post, which has written critical stories about Trump, who counts Pecker as a close ally.
In one e-mail that Mr Bezos disclosed, Mr Howard wrote that The Enquirer had obtained photos of Mr Bezos and Ms Sanchez as part of its "news-gathering". I can't tell if Bezos means to insinuate that he might be involved in this matter or not, as he points away from Trump in one spot by claiming that Pecker is reportedly most angry at the interest Bezos's investigators have taken in AMI's relationship with Saudi Arabia.
So, in an attempt to out the publication today, Jeff published their alleged threat via a "confidential" email sent to Martin Singer, the litigation counselor for his investigator.
Bezos usually stays out of the public eye, frequently delegating announcements and public Amazon business updates to his executives.