Politics, as they say, makes for strange bedfellows. So too, it seems, does web hosting.
The National Enquirer, which Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos accused Thursday of trying to extort and blackmail him, appears to host its website on the servers of Amazon Web Services, the tech giant’s cloud computing unit.
The underlying IP addresses for the Enquirer’s site are assigned to Amazon. Records associated with those addresses list Amazon as their owner.
Ryan Huber, a security architect at enterprise messaging company Slack, highlighted the connection in a post on Twitter. Business Insider confirmed the connection.
“Dear Mr Bezos, I’m just gonna leave this here,” he said in a tweet.
Representatives for Amazon and American Media, the parent company of the Enquirer, did not immediately respond to a request for comment or confirmation about their business connection.
Last month, the Enquirer published an exposé of Bezos’ affair with former TV anchor Lauren Sanchez. In response, Bezos launched an investigation into how information about his relationship, including racy texts, were leaked to the Enquirer. Bezos’ investigator has suggested that the leaks could have been politically motivated.
In an extraordinary blog post, Bezos said that American Media, the parent company of the Enquirer threatened to published additional racy photos of him and Sanchez unless he agreed to disavow the notion that the Enquirer’s piece was motivated by politics. Bezos said that would have been a “lie.”