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Former US Defense Secretary Sues Pentagon Over Book Censorship

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Former United States Secretary of Defense Mark Esper has filed a lawsuit against the Pentagon after portions of his memoirs about his tenure were blocked. Esper was a minister under Donald Trump.


In his book A Sacred Oath, Esper writes about what happened in the second half of Trump’s presidency, from June 2019 to November 2020. The Pentagon has withheld parts of it after Esper handed it over to the Department for control. According to Esper, this did not go according to the rules.

“Important parts of the book have been deleted for no good reason under the guise of secrecy. This text is crucial for telling important stories in the manuscript,” the former minister said in a statement.

The ministry has not commented on the matter. Trump fired Esper in November 2020 after several disagreements. Esper, for example, refused to deploy the army in the riots that broke out around demonstrations against racism and police brutality in the summer of 2020.

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