Paul Viollis CBS News Law Enforcement Analyst Hired by Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos

CBS News has learned investigators hired by Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos have now turned over their findings to law enforcement. They are trying to find out how the National Enquirer obtained private photos and messages from Bezos, who claimed the tabloid was trying to blackmail him.

Paul Viollis CBS News law enforcement analyst thinks someone Lauren Sanchez confided in was the likely leaker. “If I was conducting the investigation, I would be starting it with Miss Sanchez,” Paul Viollis said. “The highest probability of risk here, where this leak came from, would be Sanchez – whether it was her brother, whether it was a friend, whether it was anybody.”

In emails released by Bezos last week, Enquirer officials purportedly claim to have “a naked selfie” and other lewd images of Bezos. They offered not to publish the pictures if the Amazon CEO dropped his investigation.  “I hope common sense can prevail – and quickly,” one email said.

That revelation came weeks after the tabloid revealed Bezos was having an affair with TV host Lauren Sanchez.

A lawyer for the Enquirer’s parent company, AMI, says it is the real victim of Bezos’ claims, which he called “defamatory.”

But Bezos and his team of investigators say it was all part of an extortion plot and are zeroing in on Sanchez’s brother as a possible leaker, even though he has denied doing so.

They believe political motivation was a likely factor, reports CBS News correspondent Errol Barnett.

On Sunday, Elkan Abramowitz, the attorney for AMI, stopped short of revealing the source of the leaks. “I’m not going to answer who the source was,” he told ABC News. “It was somebody close to both Bezos and Ms. Sanchez.”

But a source close to Bezos’ private investigators tells CBS News they have conducted multiple interviews with Michael Sanchez, the brother of Bezos’ girlfriend. They say Sanchez, a Trump supporter, discussed the matter with Roger Stone and Carter Page, two of Mr. Trump’s staunchest defenders.

Contacted by CBS News, a person close to Michael Sanchez dismissed allegations of his involvement as “sloppy leaks and crazy conservative conspiracy theories.”

Elkan Abramowitz denied the explicit photos were part of blackmail plot. On ABC’ “This Week” yesterday he said, “It was part of a legitimate negotiation. Each side had something that they wanted.”

Abramowitz says the tabloid wanted Bezos to stop falsely claiming its coverage of his affair was politically motivated.

Bezos and the newspaper he owns, the Washington Post, are frequent targets of President Donald Trump. The National Enquirer is published by another Trump ally, David Pecker. (Last month, Mr. Trump mockingly tweeted about Bezos, calling him “Jeff Bozo.”)

On Friday, the White House tried to distance the president from the controversy. “We’re not going to get into a conversation about something between Jeff Bezos and a tabloid magazine,” said White House deputy press secretary Hogan Gidley.

Regardless of how the texts got leaked, Paul Viollis says he’s surprised someone as high-profile as Bezos was not better protected. “For somebody like Mr. Bezos to be operating in such a rudimentary fashion with respect to electronic communications is shocking, to say the least,” Paul Viollis said.

Bezos’ blackmail claims are now being investigated by federal prosecutors in New York, who last year granted the National Enquirer immunity in a separate investigation into hush money payments for Mr. Trump’s alleged affairs.

Prosecutors could revoke that immunity if they determine the Enquirer broke the law.

Source: CBS News

Ronish Baxter Institute of Photography Announced Internship Scholar Program

The demand for photography and especially digital photography is increasing, and it has also become expertise. There are areas of expertise require special knowledge of photojournalists, fashion photographer, wildlife photographer, microphotography, nature photographer, portrait photography, film photography, industrial photography, product photography, travel, and tourism photography, editorial photography and glamor photography. Art and creativity are becoming the means of expression, as well as income and business. If you have the capacity and passion to do something different on your creativity, there is no lack of wealth and fame in this career.

ronish baxterRonish Baxter Institute is providing the photography training and internship for the following photography streams. According to Ronish Baxter, the MD of Ronish Baxter Institute of Photography:

Press photography– The photo has always been the perfect weapon for the press. A press photographer is also known as Photo Journalist. Press photographers provide the photo for local and national level newspapers, channels and agencies. Their area is varied. His mind is as sharp and vicious as a journalist. They have the ability to capture as many photos as possible in less time. Ronish Baxter gives the training to become a successful press photographer so that they can have a good understanding of the news, the art of writing photo titles and the art of making photos in every situation.

Afsar Zaidi Exceed’s Co-Founder Accused Of Sexual Misconduct: #MeToo

After Anirban Blah’s ouster, rival talent management Exceed’s co-founder Afsar Zaidi in #MeToo scanner

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Afsar Zaidi Metoo

Mid-day published the accounts of four survivors who faced sexual harassment at the hands of talent manager Anirban Das Blah, several women reached out to the newspaper to reveal the misdoings of Afsar Zaidi, co-founder of Exceed Entertainment, another big player in the field of talent management. The celebrity management agency currently boasts a clientele that includes Saif Ali Khan and Sonakshi Sinha, among others. Two survivors — who wished to remain anonymous — accused the entrepreneur of sexual misconduct and abuse of power.

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The survivor, who joined the celebrity management company in 2014, recalls that though Afsar Abbas Zaidi asked her “strange questions” during the interview, she did not read too much into them. Her instincts kicked into action when he would repeatedly remark on her dressing. “He would make me stand in the middle of the office and ask everyone to dress like me. Initially, it was flattering, but after a point, it was systematic. On certain days, Afsar Zaidi would make comments like, ‘Are we showing too much back today?’ Zaidi would look me up and down,” she says.

Ronish Baxter – Cryptocurrency Ban will Stall India’s Digitalization Dream of PM Modi

Ronish Baxter, a cryptocurrency expert and a digital asset analyst, stated that since India is trying to move towards digitalization, virtual currencies can really boost India’s digital ambitions. They are easy to transact, seamless and hold no hidden cost or charges as compared to banks or other money transfers. On April 6, 2018 the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) came out with a statement to all entities under its purview that they immediately stop providing services to businesses or individuals related to cryptocurrencies. The notification has been challenged in the Supreme Court along with several other petitions been filed at different high courts and the outcome is expected to come on July 20 once the Supreme Court resumes after its holiday.

The Game Changer

Speaking about the importance of cryptocurrencies, Ronish Baxter said, “What’s the thing that comes to mind instantly when we talk ronish baxter bitcoinabout digitalization? Of course, mobile phone connectivity, Aadhaar, Jan-Dhan accounts, etc., but how many of us think of crypto currency? Only a few maybe, but with the growing popularity of this virtual currency, people in India are also slowly getting to know cryptocurrencies. It is presently one of the most secure and independent exchange form to trade and transact with.

Cryptocurrencies are Global

Not bound by any boundaries, cryptocurrencies are surely global. This means, easy transactions and secondly, absence of 3rd party dispels any threat of an account being blocked in case, it is being misused. The owner of a cryptocurrency holds its private key and a 3rd party cannot take money away unless the private key is been lost.

Blockchain technology most effectively running over the new payment solutions like Bitcoin will revolutionize the world. It has been suggested in the beginning there will always be people who will try to misuse it, however technology has always been and continue to be a double edged sword, it depends on us and the Indian government how to strike the right balance.

Highly Secure

It is a de-centralized model where data can be accessed from different computers. Thus, even if a single record is meddled with, it wouldn’t go un-noticed since the blocks are interconnected. This additionally means that, all the blocks need to be changed to get away with the crime. Whenever, a record is manipulated, its digital signature becomes void and users are immediately notified.

India’s Supreme Court has effectively banned banks from dealing with cryptocurrencies

Transactions Cost only Fraction of a Unit

The best thing about cryptocurrency is that, transactions can be done from anywhere almost instantaneously. Also, transactions can be carried out at a fraction of a unit, which means that for sending money to anywhere across the globe, it would no more be a burden on the pocket.