I think the crime of blackmail usually works. And I have no doubt that for David Pecker and the National Enquirer it’s always worked, at least until last Thursday when Jeff Bezos struck back. But I’m not sure they know what’s just happened. Perhaps this quote from Emile Zola can provide clarity.
“When truth is buried underground it grows, it chokes, it gathers such an explosive force that on the day it bursts out, it blows up everything with it.”
I would only add that if the SDNY pulls this thread very carefully they may end up with the whole sweater in their lap.