- Former Defense Secretary Mark Esper, 57, sued the Pentagon on Sunday after he reproduced information from his upcoming memoir A Sacred Oath.
- Trump was asked to extend his term in the memoir after he was fired after the 2020 election defeat
- Arizona claimed that the material provided in the memoir did not contain classified information and did not threaten national security in any way.
- However, ‘many words, sentences and paragraphs from about 60 pages of the manuscript were modified without any explanation’.
- Esper served as Secretary of Defense between July 2019 and November 2020
Former US Defense Secretary Mark Esper has filed a lawsuit against the Pentagon, claiming that the bosses had ‘incorrectly’ edited parts of his upcoming memoir about his term under Trump after he was asked about the former The president was fired after the loss.
The 57-year-old Esper filed a lawsuit in Federal District Court in Washington DC on Sunday, claiming that her book A Sacred Oath was “properly prevented from publication” in her book A Sacred Oath.
The book, which was to be published in May, was brought back to Arizona with several edits and revisions without any explanation. He claims that he has also been pressured to replace ‘noun and verb’ in the text.
The Arizona lawsuit insists that the memoir contained no classified information and did not pose any national security threats. He says it appears that anecdotes from the memoir have been leaked to the press, and that other controversial portions focus on information that is already in the public domain.
‘Under the guise of classification the important text is being unfairly prevented from publication in Secretary Asper’s manuscript,’ the lawsuit read, according to the new York Times.
‘The paused text is important for telling the important stories discussed in the manuscript.’
Former Defense Secretary Mark Esper, 57, sued the Pentagon on Sunday after vital information was removed from his upcoming memoir A Sacred Oath.
The memoir is said to contain information about Trump serving in office after he was fired last November due to the former president’s defeat in the 2020 election. Trump is pictured sitting next to Arizona in October 2019
In terms of reductions, Esper said they had ‘Asked me not to quote former President Trump and others in meetings, not to describe conversations between the former president and me, and not to use certain verbs or nouns when describing historical events.
“I was also asked to remove my views on actions of other countries, interactions with foreign officials and widely reported international incidents,” he said.
‘Many items were already in the public domain; Some were even published by DoD’
Esper, who served as Secretary of Defense between July 2019 and November 2020, submitted a draft of the manuscript to the Defense Office for Publication and Security Review in May, according to the lawsuit.
The lawsuit states, “As Secretary of Defense for nearly 18 months, he has driven DoD through an unprecedented time of civil unrest, a public health crisis, escalating threats overseas, Pentagon changes, and bypassing the White House constitution.” led.”
‘A Sacred Oath is Secretary Asper’s ornate and vivid reminiscence of those remarkable and dangerous times.’
However, he noted that the pre-publication process of the memoir was taking a long time as Arizona saw the process take about six months.
The Pentagon has refrained from commenting further on the suit
Esper said her upcoming memoir, which was due to be released in May, was meant to provide readers with “a complete and uncoloured account of our nation’s history, particularly of the more difficult periods.”
In November, about six months after submitting the manuscript for review about its concerns over the process, Arizona called on its successor, Secretary of Defense Lloyd J. Emailed Austin III.
He also stated in an email to Austin that he attempted to expedite the process and spoke with Kelly Magsman, Chief of Staff to the United States Secretary of Defense, and Michael B. Donnelly, Director of Administration and Management, who said he had Must speak To try to find the ‘compromise language’ with the entity.
“While I appreciate their efforts, I should not need to change my views, opinions or descriptions of events as they may at times be too obvious for normal diplomatic protocol,” Esper said in the email.
He also said that the review process was “about protecting classified information and not harming national security – two important standards to which I am fully committed.”
Esper said his ‘constitutional rights should not be abbreviated because my story or choice of words could lead to uncomfortable discussions in foreign policy circles’.
An email was sent to Asper’s successor Lloyd Austin about his concerns over the review process of his manuscript.
However, Austin reportedly never responded back to Esper after the email was sent.
Despite claims that the memoir did not contain classified information, the manuscript was handed back to Arizona at long last with various revisions.
According to Esper, ‘many words, sentences and paragraphs were redacted from approximately 60 pages of the manuscript.
“No written explanation has been given to justify the deletion,” he wrote.
Esper also said in a statement that her book was meant to provide readers with ‘a complete and ornate account of our nation’s history, particularly of the more difficult periods.’
“I am disappointed that the current administration is violating my First Amendment constitutional rights,” he said.
‘And it is regrettable that the only way I have legal recourse now is to tell the American people my full story.’
Esper said that some of the stories in his upcoming manuscript were also featured in news articles.
“At least one story, which was more than a year old and known to only a handful of senior DoD officials, had not previously been discussed publicly, and the timing of the appearance appears to be questionable,” the suit said. read.
‘(Department) has failed to demonstrate the existence of sufficient government interest that would enable it to prohibit the publication of unclassified information within Secretary Esper’s manuscript.’
Former National Security Adviser John Bolton was sued by President Trump after he allegedly printed personal information in his memoir The Room Where It Happened.
John Kirby, press secretary for the United States Department of Defense, said he had been made aware of Arizona’s concerns.
“As with all reviews like this, the department takes seriously its obligation to balance national security with the author’s narrative desire,” Kirby said.
‘Given that the matter is now under trial, we will refrain from commenting further.’
It also isn’t the first time a political official working under the Trump administration has attempted to remain silent.
The memoir The Room Where It Happened was written by former National Security Advisor John Bolton about his time working under Trump.
Officials reportedly attempted to silence Bolton because it contained information that Trump wanted to keep private from the public.
It was published anyway Trump sued Bolton for profits and a criminal investigation was opened on the incident.
The trial and investigation was later removed in June to US Attorney General Merrick B. Garland.