The former head of the Pentagon has sued the Defense Department, accusing the government of blocking the publication of a new book revealing the “turbulent” consequences of Donald Trump’s presidency.
Mark Esper sues his former employer to block the release of large swaths allegedly in his upcoming memoir, a sacred oath.
Mr Esper filed suit this week after his direct appeal to current Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin failed to stop the Pentagon from blocking the material.
“Some of the requested corrections 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. for,” Mr Esper wrote, according to the court. filing received by Granthshala,
“To modify or replace all items currently required of me [Defence] The review not only exceeds the purpose of the process, but to do so would be a grave injustice to the critical moments in history that the American people need to know and understand.”
The book, to be released in May next year, covers Mr. Arizona’s time as Army Secretary in 2017 until he was fired, by tweet, as Secretary of Defense in the days following the 2020 presidential election. had gone.
Mr Esper said in a statement that there was a “complete and unexplained accounting” of that period, and that the current Pentagon leadership was arbitrarily violating their First Amendment rights without giving any reason.
“My Memoirs- a sacred oath – provides important details and new insights into many of the most controversial events that occurred during the second half of the Trump administration,” he said.
The Pentagon’s chief spokesman, John F. Kirby, said the agency is aware of Mr. Esper’s concerns, but he would not comment on a matter under litigation.
“As with all reviews like this, the department takes seriously its obligation to balance national security with an author’s narrative desire,” said Mr. Kirby. the new York Times, Who first reported the case on Sunday.
According to the lawsuit, many of the items that were modified contained widely reported material already in the public domain, some of which were published by the Defense Department itself.
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