Well, now we know why former National Security Adviser John Bolton’s team allegedly leaked a transcript of his book.
According to a new report from The Washington Times, Bolton was ordered by the White House last week to delay publishing his new book until a significant amount of the content, all reported to be classified, is deleted from the manuscript.
Over the weekend, significant details from John Bolton’s upcoming book about his time in the Trump administration were leaked to the press.
According to the original story in The New York Times, Bolton issued the transcript to several close acquaintances to review the book, as well as the White House for approval.
Bolton later denied having circulated the book to anyone, saying he had only sent it to the White House for review, as required, due to his previous position as National Security adviser.
He further stated that since he only sent it to the administration for review, the leak clearly happened via the administration, a claim that has since been rebutted by the Trump administration.
As this has played out, the “leak” now appears to have been a publicity stunt to serve two purposes. First, a presale link was available the day after the leak occurred.
Secondly, Bolton appears to have wanted the information to get out to Democrats so he could be called to testify during the impeachment. Both would surely drive sales of the book and all but guarantee him an instant bestseller.
Per the Washington Times report, Bolton was sent a letter on Jan. 23, 2020, by Ellen Knight, the NSC Senior Director for Records.
She was apparently the one tasked with reviewing the transcript for possible redactions. In a letter that was sent to Charles Cooper, Bolton’s attorney, Knight stated that the book “appears to contain significant amounts of classified information.”
“It also appears that some of this classified information is at the TOP SECRET level,” she added. “The manuscript may not be published or otherwise disclosed without the deletion of this classified information.”
So now the question that is begging to be asked is if there will be an investigation as to the leak — because per Knight’s letter, whoever leaked the information broke the law.