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it's a complex web that weaves together the world's richest man one of the us his most famous tabloids the white house jeff bezos says he's being blackmailed by the national enquirer over leaks about his personal life and suggests that the revelations of politically motivated i don't feel gail in berlin and this is the day. last month. post jeff bezos announced he was divorcing his wife of twenty five years on the same day the national enquirer published intimate text messages between mr bezos and. mr bezos investigation into how the texts were leaked through suspicion onto what the washington post described as a government entity now he says the enquirer has threatened to publish intimate photos unless he makes a public statement saying that the tabloid coverage was not influenced by political
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forces. also coming up tonight we get the latest from the berlin film festival. and david leavitt's will join us from where it's all happening. the red carpet the legendary international film festival we'll be taking you to two world premieres two european dramas competing for the top prize bear. we begin the day with the world's richest man facing off against america's most notorious tabloid last month the national enquirer published a steamy messages between amazon c.e.o. jeff bezos and his lover the billionaire wants to know how the paper got its hands on those that text messages and now he's revealed what he says happened after that . prove a tabloid scandal or a politically motivated attack jeff bezos has accused the publisher linked to
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president donald trump of blackmail in a post published on the website media. last month after the amazon c.e.o. and his wife announced that divorce the national enquirer published intimate messages revealing an extramarital affair eager to know how the paper came to possess these messages has also hired private investigators he suspected it was driven by dirty politics his suspicions grew stronger when he says the national enquirer parent company am i threatened to publish photos of him if you didn't make a public statement saying its previous coverage of him was not politically motivated. well that got my attention but not in the way the likely any passionate. i could cause me takes a backseat because there's a much more important matter involved here if in my position i can't stand up to
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this kind of extortion how many people can. just his ownership of the washington post has made him the enemy of powerful people including the saudis and the us president trump relies on favorable coverage from am i even admitted to withholding damaging information about trump to help him win the twenty sixteen election. its boss david peca is a close associate of trump. am i says it has acted lawfully in its reporting on bezos but if investigations find otherwise the media company could be in trouble. let's get more on this from rick wilson he's a republican media strategist and author of the book everything that trump touches dies he joins us from miami or welcome to t.w. the thrust of this blackmail if it happened is interesting because it's not about it doesn't seem to be about money according to mr bezos am i as lawyers wanted him
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to say that the national enquirer is coverage was not politically motivated so what does this tell us. i think what you've seen here is the inner workings of a large p.r. machine that's long been in service to donald trump to be expose i think bezos made a very very bold decision to take the short term hit personal embarrassment for the warm term hit of removing what is essentially an organized business model based on sexual blackmail. take it out take it on head on and i think the reason that i am i was seeking to have as a stop was there for two reasons one there first under a cooperation agreement the southern district of new york given the michael cohen case and they've been non-prosecution agreement they have to stay in the lanes and behave properly if they're going to stay out of trouble so the decision on the michael cohen case of course this is mr trump's film a personal love lawyer who has who has been investigated for where his fits or his
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sickly areas is is to gotten together to curable terms very very dirty laundry but what you're seeing is a second way this second layer of this is that apparently the a.m.r.i. the national enquirer companies in bed in some capacity with the saudis and so there's become a very fraught and nervous effort by am i to have days of stop looking down the one place they don't want him to walk so i think they're there the trump relationship of the saudi relations ship combine in am i very nervous and they made a gamble that just days those would say ok i will see to your demands and i will and i will say yes to your sexual blackmail if you won't run he says and he basically said no i'm going to go the other way. so tell us then about the national enquirer one of the that's us from noise which jeff bezos published annoy us as a reference to releasing these texts and would give no edits a pleasant to send based e-mail is that sure. i know it in the national
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enquirer are based on sexual gossip entertainment area and in the united states music arena and that's why it was so unusual that basis was targeted because normally tech billionaires are not the stuff of national enquirer stories normally tech billionaires are not you know the top supermarket tabloid gossip targets and it was just it wasn't a coincidence that this particular town where the owner is the or tabloid target was the owner of the washington post and a and a political figure in that regard it trumps mine that opposes and therefore you know the the apparatus around trump of various right wing entertainment media to go after of a zone that their people are able to draw very bright line back to trump very quickly so given the nature of these photos in texas number of people with access must be very small what are people saying about unlikely source of this leak well
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you know the security consultant gavin de becker his work which of business right now is a well regarded security consultant in the us he handles all of a quite high profile cases for high value individuals and for for prominent individuals and their forensic assessment right now is that the phone was not compromised by a user or by a friend or something like that but in fact that there may have been a you know some with the kid builders of the nation state the that accessed his phone's data so i think we're a very interesting position right now as to just. suggest you know what how the technical matter was accomplished but if it wasn't nation state in the fingers of already pointed out very quickly to saudi arabia on that front desk all speculation as of now but i certainly think we're going to end up with that being a top of mind question ok so a saudi arabia possibly in the frame and does the president get to get touched by
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this until. well look david pecker the publisher of the national enquirer and donald trump are very very close friends don't trump use the national enquirer with what they call america catch and kill and the catch and kill situation is a scandalous story about donald trump one of his many girlfriends we come out of the national enquirer would say to the girlfriend we're going to give you a contract and pay you one hundred fifty thousand dollars as long as you never ever ever mention donald trump again and so the catching kill methodology was something that was very popular with the truck start my account is movie screen was very popular with the with the in mind the trump team and so that's one of the things that he's going to have some exposure on in this is you know is specially just business chooses to litigate with am i going to have discovery in the american legal process we're going to be able to go through and look at the business models and practices of am i in the national enquirer and i don't think that it is well for mr trump talking to thank you so much for joining us and rick wilson and my.
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e.u. member states of agree to push ahead with a controversial gas pipeline which will increase the volume of russian gas being delivered to the european union nord stream to link russia and germany traveling beneath the baltic sea it'll follow the route of an existing pipeline and will be operated by the russian state energy from gazprom and it's an aspect that aspect which has led to vocal criticism from some quarters the trump ministration ones the e.u. to pull out of the project saying it will make the bloc too dependent on moscow for its energy suppliers. but all those objections purely based on political concerns richard burt is managing partner with political lobbyist mclarty associates he's worked on behalf of a firm owned by gazprom and has represented european companies investing in north
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stream too is also a former u.s. ambassador to germany welcome quite a c.v. and welcome to day w so germany does a deal with russia to import gas what does that have to do with the united states. well let me first of all clarify. our firm mclarty and i personally do not and have not represented gas prom here in washington we work with the five. western european energy companies that are helping finance toward scream to. go to your question what washington is and i think you it's important here to make a distinction between let's say political washington and energy or business washington or business u.s. i think mainly the political concern in washington it's shared i think by both the . ministration as well as many democrats in the congress is that europe and
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germany in particular by too much russian gas and neck gas can be used as a political weapon as leverage to influence decision making in europe in fact as is the business and energy specialist recognize there has been a wholesale change in how both gas is regulated in europe by the e.u. as well as is in gas markets as you know very well in your and your watchers know the germans are moving to phase out coal production you have in the process of phasing out your nuclear production and indigenous european gas production is going down so germany and europe as a whole has to buy more gas brought not only from russia but from norway from liquefied l.n.g. from the united states from gas from north africa so. north stream too is
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only part of a broader effort to provide more gas to europe and germany over the next twenty to thirty years which it will need in order to maintain. it's current growth trajectory so this pick up. because of course the u.s. as you've just mentioned there plans to pipe liquefied gas into the e.u. so one wonders how much it's its objections to north stream tried to. ensure that it has a big proportion of the market sure. it's very clear and president trump has made that very clear he said it publicly. fishel policy of the trump administration is what they call energy dominance so sure they would love to replace gas prom supplies of gas with american energy the problem is
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is american ellen g. is too expensive now and isn't competitive with gas from russia or pipe gas for example from norway so the prices will need to come down for the united states be successful in that market that said though germany has in an effort to try to demonstrate that it is prepared not only to buy russian gas but gas from elsewhere has said it is prepared to help facilitate and even support the construction of an l n g terminal in vilhelm softly so that american elenchi can come into the german market so the politics of this is interesting one wonders why europe would be better off taking more gas increased price from the united states a country that has turned its back on international cooperation and described europe and indeed germany as foes when it comes to trade. i can't answer that question what you're really asking me is is current american
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policy towards europe and germany in particular coherent and i would say it's not after the united states has started a trade war on issues like steel and aluminum and is raising the possibility of tariffs on automobiles coming into the u.s. market in the united states with virtually no consultation with the europeans. unilaterally withdrew from from recently from the intermediate range nuclear forces treaty the i.n.f. treaty when earlier the united states pulled out unilaterally from the j c p o a with iran it's hard to understand why the europeans and why the germans should pay much attention at this point to us opposition to north stream too especially when the us ambassador writes these letters to two german gas firms which threatens
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sanctions against those firms if they don't stop their funding of the project this is not and having served as ambassador in germany i've served as an assistant secretary of state for europe this is not what i would call a record of masterful diplomacy it is almost driving it's almost driving a kind of consensus in europe in opposition to the united states is certainly against the opposition to u.s. . sanctions policy good talkers are thank you so much for joining us richard. associates and former u.s. ambassador joe. thank you. a compromise on no stream two between germany and france and came despite rumors of a rift between those two countries france had voiced concerns about the project but after the compromise was reached the german chancellor angela merkel said the
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franco german friendship was very much alive emmanuelle mccraw will be noticeably absent from next week's munich security conference in germany a conference chairman both conk ischinger told the w sara kelley that despite this french and european viewpoint would be well represented we will have plenty of other senior representatives of the french government in munich to explain french positions. they will be a huge american delegation congressional delegation there will be a half a dozen german ministers etc etc so i think the purpose which i which is important to me the purpose to demonstrate in munich that the european union is alive and kicking that purpose can still be maintained we will have plenty of european speakers from germany from france from a number of other important european countries including the current romanian
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presidency it said red said red cetera so my for me it's very important that we demonstrate is specially to the anglo-saxon community that. the impression that may be created elsewhere that because of brecht's it the european integration project is about to crumble that that's wrong actually populist support for the european union in most countries is up not died but if we drill down a little bit deeper into the security situation here in europe and there's been much talk about a common european defense especially with the us calling the nato alliance into question recently what is your take on current efforts because i mean europe doesn't seem to be in too big of a rush to make any dramatic moves is it missing an opportunity. well if you ask me personally i think we could do even a lot more than what is currently being done to strengthen you
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know indigenous european military capabilities especially in the conventional area but let's also be fair there are important initiatives take for example we you raise the franco german. relationship there is now on the drawing board a new. franco german fighting fighter aircraft which has just been agreed that is a very very important you know symbolic but also substantial new initiatives in the direction of strengthening and pooling european military capabilities but i but i would be the first to agree we could even do a lot more is basically we in germany where the defense effort is not i think
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what it should be how about also when it comes to the defense of multilateralism just just generally speaking you know that rules based order that was established in the wake of world war two institutions like the u.n. the deputy oh for example i mean it's come under attack by populism politics around the world merkel speaking recently about the importance of preserving at. how do you see the prospects for making needing full changes to address current challenges and really supporting that world order what's your take. well i think i think this is a key challenge for. the entire european union if there is one important bloc in the world that relies on a free. and open and rules based international order it is
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surely the european union and i think it's is one of the main tasks for all of us in the in the e.u. to try to put together as has been said a kind of an alliance of multilateralist around the world we're not alone there is kind of there's a strain there's a good number of other important countries out there. that have that share our interest in a global free trade system that share our interests in strong international institutions that share our interests in a rules based international system so i think we need to work on that we need to create partnerships and alliances but the e.u. i believe has the calling and and has the power actually we represent five hundred million people we are the strongest trading and economic bloc in the world if you
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if one looks at current data we have a lot of economic and soft power also and that's where we should apply it building multilateralism rebuilding multilateralism in a world that's fraying in the margins. types talk of movies on the day the bell and international film festival is well underway four hundred films on t.v. screens of the next ten days and charlotte's telson tell david leavitt's die. red carpet welcome both look at you looking so glamorous now you seemed disappointed last night after the opening film the kindness of strangers how we're feeling about today. movies you know what i did to really pan the movie yesterday i have to admit but it couldn't kill the red carpet mood here at
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the valley not all the stores all the glitz the glamour i will say that today we all saw we actually saw some movies that were good that we're pretty excited to tell you about right it really does feel today like the festival is well on the way we saw three films they there were three prime yes we had three and mazing right cop is behind us that say that the bet on it's truly kicks off now yeah with some media hard hitting topics well let's talk about some of today's we see hard hitting the films that will start with the french offering by the grace of god. yeah this is a really difficult film to watch focus it really does tackle very very difficult issue head on and that's the issue the section of abuse of children in the catholic church now it was an extremely sobering film a it was about. boys who are trying to expose boys who were sexually abused who is men then try to use the allegations that they have they set up
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a support group and they really trying to break the silence of the catholic church was really fascinating about this is that that group of men does exist in france and that. there are two current legal cases that are going on involving two the men depicted in the film the priest and the cardinal now the film does briefly mention at the end that those cases are ongoing which means that the men have to have a presumption of innocence but of course the fact that these cases are going on means that there are some very difficult legal issues to contend with the director that's a director forswore to. zoar he's one of france's top directors was planning to bring this movie into the cinemas later this month in france that might happen because there's legal action against him including from the lawyer of the priest who's depicted in the film who said that this might prejudice trial against her client and i have to say there's no way you could come out of this film thinking this guy was innocent yeah that's right it was so you bring those three
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a sense of calm indignance running throughout the film and in fact it was on said that he had interviewed a number of those men in the ledge victims in the build up to making the film not something that i really think that you can you can pick up on when you're watching it almost sounds like a documentary docu drama feel and he says of course this is all a true story this really happened even the even the confession by the priest in the film and he said he hopes that this movie will have an impact on society but we can hear it from himself was on earlier at the press conference. for me this film opens the debate and i hope that the church will take it up because we have started showing the film in france and lots of bishops have seen it we have had some very positive responses and people say awareness about paedophilia has grown very significantly and especially awareness about the code of silence so things are
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starting to change and i hope that the film will contribute to this debate so bravely chaps what about the first a german entry system crash wrote by director no i think so this is another hard hitting drama about an emotionally disturbed violent nine year old girl and her journey through several foster homes we both love this movie i personally thought it was amazing the depiction of the social workers who try to help her and realize they probably cannot yet is really a film that gets you start to stop dead in your tracks and think about some of the issues it's got two things that really struck me briefly one was the acting of the young girl the actress who betrayed that young girl stunning second of all an impressive feat as a deputy feature film by this young female director i like to thank you both will log in with you and next week have a good day. on the day it is nearly done with the come station continues on.
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