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Alan Dershowitz to Newsmax TV: Court Has Upheld Government's Right to Withhold Info

(Newsmax TV"The National Report")

By    |   Wednesday, 17 June 2020 12:17 PM

Alan Dershowitz told Newsmax TV on Wednesday that the lawsuit over former national security adviser John Bolton’s book likely will go in the government’s favor, noting that he took part in a similar case over a book about the Vietnam War.

Dershowitz told “The National Report” that he argued “the only precedential case,” in regards to the lawsuit over Bolton’s book when he represented Frank Snepp, a former top Central Intelligence Agency official who wrote a memoir about his time working for the CIA during the Vietnam War. 

The CIA sued Snepp for breach of contract after the book was published, arguing that he violated the nondisclosure agreement he signed upon joining the agency. Dershowitz predicted that the Department of Justice will make a similar case concerning Bolton’s book, which is set to come out next week.

“The court upheld the right of the CIA to limit disclosure of information, not on the basis of the 1st Amendment, but on the basis of contract. On the basis of the fact that, when you sign up with the CIA, you sign up to agree that you won’t publish anything without submitting it to their approval.”

He added, “the law seems, at the moment, to be on the side of the administration,” but noted that he’s “on the other side,” and hopes that this case will “permit former government officials to publish whatever they want, as long as it’s not classified. If it’s technically classified it becomes a completely different issue, and moves into the realm of criminal justice.”

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Alan Dershowitz told Newsmax TV on Wednesday that the lawsuit over former national security adviser John Bolton’s book likely will go in the government’s favor, noting that he took part in a similar case over a book about the Vietnam War.
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