Remember when Donald Trump’s administration claimed that books published casting the then-president in a negative light should be stopped from publication, on the flimsy excuse that they included classified material?
Now a book being published on the right contains, according to its own author, classified material that isn’t legal to release, and he’s appearing on right-wing news shows to affect sad sighs about how he expects to be imprisoned for it.
Bill O’Reilly, who has written several books and opined freely on politics on his Fox News show, The O’Reilly Factor, until he was fired from the network in 2017 shortly after a series of sexual harassment settlements, says he’s got another book coming out, and he thinks the contents of this one will land him in prison.
.@BillOReilly: "I just finished writing a book…filled with classified information that nobody has seen – I'll probably wind up in prison for printing it." @SeanSpicer. @LyndsayMKeith. pic.twitter.com/5OQOoOn5Sd
— Newsmax (@newsmax) September 9, 2021
O’Reilly appeared on Newsmax alongside Sean Spicer, who briefly served as Donald Trump’s press secretary, and who is being fired by the Biden Administration from his 2019 appointment to the U.S. Naval Academy Board of Visitors, to bemoan the fate he’s invented for himself, and exchange sad head-shakes with Spicer.
“I know, I think, as much about American security as anybody on the planet, and that book is full of classified information that nobody has seen. I was lucky enough to be able to get it. I’ll probably wind up in prison for printing it.”
He goes on to hint that the information he’s publishing will show how counter-terrorism technology makes it very difficult for anyone to stage another large-scale terrorist attack like the one on 9/11/2021 but does not establish why the material he’s sharing is allegedly classified, and whether he has concerns about it getting into the wrong hands.
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