The author’s publisher is rejecting the argument and expressing the e-book will be introduced as scheduled.

And the author’s agents are accusing the govt of trying to unmask the creator.

“Our writer understands that the President is decided to unmask whistleblowers who may well be in his midst. That is one of the motives A WARNING was penned,” the literacy agency Javelin mentioned in a statement. “But we help the publisher in its resolve that the administration’s effort and hard work to intimidate and expose the senior formal who has noticed misconduct at the best degrees will not avoid this book from shifting forward.”

The particular person intends to keep on being nameless, but is familiar with that his or her identity might be unmasked in the course of the e-book rollout.

“Elaborate precautions have been taken to protect the author’s identification,” a resource explained to CNN’s Jake Tapper when the book was declared final month.

But the president sought to expose the author of the op-ed very last yr. Trump accused the man or woman of treason and the White House engaged in a furious hunt for the leaker.

Monday’s letter from the Justice Division will take a various method. It was delivered to Carol Ross, the top rated lawyer for Hachette Ebook Team, as very well as Javelin agents Matt Latimer and Keith Urbahn.

“If the creator is, in simple fact, a latest or previous ‘senior official’ in the Trump Administration, publication of the book might violate that official’s legal obligations under just one or extra nondisclosure agreements, together with nondisclosure agreements that are routinely demanded with regard to details attained in the course of one’s official duties or as a issue for access to labeled information,” assistant lawyer typical Joseph H. Hunt wrote in the letter.

“This kind of agreements typically need that any published work likely containing secured data be submitted for pre-publication evaluate,” Hunt extra.

The CIA, for illustration, has an extensive pre-publication evaluate course of action. The DOJ a short while ago sued Edward Snowden, who leaked American intelligence techniques to the push in 2013, for allegedly breaking ten years-previous contracts he signed with intelligence agencies by coming out with a e book.

The federal government did not attempt to restrict the distribution of Snowden’s book, titled “Long lasting Report,” but stated it is really owed royalties and payments from it.

Some attorneys have been combating the government’s procedures about the critique system, arguing that it is far far too onerous and provides the govt as well a lot discretion.

“We request that you promptly supply us with your representations that the writer did not signal any nondisclosure agreement and that the author did not have access to any classified data in connection with governing administration service,” Hunt’s letter concluded. “If you can not make those people representations, we inquire that you promptly present both the nondisclosure agreements the writer signed or the dates of the author’s services and the organizations the place the author was used, so that we may possibly ascertain the terms of the author’s nondisclosure agreements and make certain that they have been followed.”

Ross responded later on on Monday early morning and claimed, “we are in receipt of your letter this early morning. I verify that Hachette Guide Group (‘Hachette’) will be publishing an essential e-book by an anonymous unique who is a “recent or previous senior formal” of the Trump Administration (‘Anonymous’). Hachette is not bash to any nondisclosure agreements with the U.S. governing administration that would require any pre-publication overview of this e book, and Hachette routinely relies on its authors to comply with any contractual obligations they might have. Hachette has, having said that, produced a determination of confidentiality to Anonymous and we intend to honor that commitment. Make sure you be confident that Hachette will take its lawful tasks very seriously and, appropriately, Hachette respectfully declines to present you with the facts your letter seeks.”

A Justice Office formal claimed that the letter, from the head of the agency’s civil division, was part of a truth-accumulating system and that other identical requests experienced long gone out to authors who’d labored for the governing administration. The letter was not essentially indicative of a looming lawsuit, the official mentioned, just 1 action in a regimen treatment.

None of this is anticipated to have any bearing on the scheduled launch of the ebook.

Desire in “A Warning” has led to robust pre-order income for the past pair of weeks. At times the ebook has been No. 1 on Amazon (AMZN)‘s record of best promoting books.