Posted on November 29, 2021 at 1:01 PM by Sadye Scott-Hainchek

Former Defense Secretary Mark Esper has filed a lawsuit against the Defense Department in connection with his memoir.

A Sacred Oath is billed as an “unvarnished and candid memoir” about his time as Army secretary and then defense secretary.

But, Esper claims in a lawsuit filed Sunday, the Pentagon’s pre-publication review process has wrongly declared several passages to be classified information, the Associated Press reports.

The lawsuit quotes from a letter that Esper sent current Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin, in which the former says he was also asked not to quote former President Donald Trump in meetings, not to describe conversations with him, and not use certain words when describing historical events.

A Pentagon spokesperson acknowledged Esper’s concerns but declined to comment in any detail since “this matter is now under litigation.”

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