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For weeks the public has been told the appropriate authorities cleared John Bolton's manuscript for publication, however, we now know that was a lie. This is yet another example of absolutely pathetic reporting. Bolton not only never received any authorization clearing his manuscript for publication, but the courts also said he pulled the plug on the process.
The recent ruling from Federal Court raises many concerns, yet we suspect mainstream media will point to a loss to the President in future reporting with little to no exposure of what the court actually said about Bolton and his actions. The real loss, in this case, is to our Countries National Security and that should concern everyone.
"the Court is persuaded that Defendant Bolton likely jeopardized national security by disclosing classified information in violation of his nondisclosure agreement obligations."
"Not four months later, Bolton pulled the plug on the process and sent the still-under-review manuscript to the publisher for printing."
"But what is reasonable to the Court was intolerable to Bolton, and he proceeded to publication without so much as an email notifying the government."
"The written authorization did not issue".
"On June 8, 2020, John Eisenberg, Deputy White House Counsel and Legal Advisor to the NSC, issued a letter to Bolton that claimed the manuscript still contained classified information."
"By that point, Bolton had already delivered a final manuscript to his publisher for printing and shipping, without written authorization and without notice to the government."
"a. Is the government likely to succeed on the merits?"
"Yes. Bolton disputes that his book contains any such classified information and emphasizes his months-long compliance with the prepublication review process. He bristles at the mixed messages sent by prepublication review personnel and questions the motives of intelligence officers. Bolton could have sued the government and sought relief in court. Instead, he opted out of the review process before its conclusion. Unilateral fast-tracking carried the benefit of publicity and sales, and the cost of substantial risk exposure. This was Bolton’s bet: If he is right and the book does not contain classified information, he keeps the upside mentioned above; but if he is wrong, he stands to lose his profits from the book deal, exposes himself to criminal liability, and imperils national security. Bolton was wrong."
"The NDAs barred publication of classified materials. Bolton likely published classified materials. The government is likely to succeed on the merits."
"In taking it upon himself to publish his book without securing final approval from national intelligence authorities, Bolton may indeed have caused the country irreparable harm."
"Defendant Bolton has gambled with the national security of the United States. He has exposed his country to harm and himself to civil (and potentially criminal) liability."
We await to see how the mainstream media rolls out their narrative on the ruling, and we suspect the many serious concerns raised by the court against John Bolton will not be the focus of the reporting as it should be. It is clear from the reading, John Bolton, in the court's eyes, has gambled with our countries national security and exposed this country to harm and himself to civil and potentially criminal liability.
We would hope our Department of Justice does their job and pursues criminal prosecution of John Bolton for such violations of national security.
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