Nov 4, 2019

Justice Department warns "Anonymous" about NDAs ahead of forthcoming book

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The Justice Department is warning the "senior Trump administration official" who authored an infamous anonymous New York Times op-ed in 2018 that they may be violating nondisclosure agreements by writing a book set to come out this month, CNN first reported.

The big picture: The DOJ wrote in a letter to Hachette Book Group, the publisher of the book, that the author could potentially violate agreements for administration officials with access to classified information that "typically require that any written work potentially containing protected information be submitted for pre-publication review."

  • Hachette Book Group said it is undeterred and that the book, titled "A Warning," is still set to come out on Nov. 19, according to CNN. In response to the Justice Department, a lawyer for Hachette said the publisher is committed to protecting the author's identity.

What they're saying: Per CNN, the author's agent accused the DOJ of trying to unmask the anonymous official.

  • "Our author knows that the President is determined to unmask whistleblowers who may be in his midst. That's one of the reasons A WARNING was written," Javelin, the agency representing the author, wrote in a statement.
  • "But we support the publisher in its resolve that the administration's effort to intimidate and expose the senior official who has seen misconduct at the highest levels will not prevent this book from moving forward."

Go deeper: How "senior" is Anonymous?

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Book by "Anonymous" Trump official breaks Hachette pre-sale record

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"A Warning," a book by the anonymous "senior Trump administration official" who authored an infamous New York Times op-ed last year, has had more preorders than any other nonfiction book in Hachette Book Group history, the publisher announced Tuesday.

The big picture: Hachette Book Group has gone to print three times, with 500,000 copies ready to go into circulation in seven languages. The Washington Post reviewed the book ahead of its release and critiqued its lack of specific details, which is intended to protect the author's identity.

Go deeper... Preview: "A Warning," by the "Anonymous" Trump official

Keep ReadingArrowNov 12, 2019

"Anonymous" author: Trump will hear from me, in my own name

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The anonymous "senior Trump administration official" who authored a 2018 New York Times op-ed and a new book against President Trump told a Reddit "Ask Me Anything" session Tuesday they will reveal their identity.


Trump will hear from me, in my own name, before the 2020 election."
— Excerpt from the anonymous writer's Reddit AMA
Go deeperArrowNov 27, 2019

Report: "Anonymous" Trump book "does not re-create many specific episodes in vivid detail"

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The book "A Warning" by the anonymous author of an infamous New York Times op-ed outlining White House opposition to President Trump fails to recreate many scenes in "vivid detail," the Washington Post reports ahead of its release.

The big picture: The 259-page book, obtained by the Post, only characterizes the author as "a senior official in the Trump administration." The text describes the Trump as a "danger to the nation," but shies away from providing specific details to protect the author's identity.

Go deeperArrowNov 8, 2019