John Bolton’s book paints a very unflattering portrait of Donald Trump, presented as ill-advised, “incompetent” and obsessed with his only re-election.
American Foreign Minister Mike Pompeo compared John Bolton, the former close adviser to Donald Trump who publishes a vitriolic book on the President of the United States, on Monday to Edward Snowden, a former US intelligence official charged with espionage.
“Frankly, the information he publishes pose heavy criminal risks to him,” warned the Secretary of State on Fox News, on the eve of the release of “The Room Where It Happened” (The room where it happened), chronicle of John Bolton’s 17 months at the White House.
“We’ve all seen what happens when people leak classified information like Edward Snowden. What John Bolton did is not far from that, “he added, in a statement that sounded like a warning. “And although the decision to take action rests with the Justice Department, the release of such information poses a real threat and a real blow to the United States,” said Mike Pompeo.
Edward Snowden, often seen as a whistleblower, is a former CIA employee and ex-contractor of the NSA intelligence agency exiled to Russia since he denounced in 2013 the massive surveillance of communications and the internet. in his country. The former computer scientist is indicted in the United States for spying and stealing state secrets. He faces up to 30 years in prison.
John Bolton’s book paints a very unflattering portrait of Donald Trump, presented as ill-advised, “incompetent” and obsessed with his only re-election even if it endangers national security. In short, “unfit” to preside over the world’s leading power, according to the former adviser.
In recent days, the Republican billionaire and his camp, including Mike Pompeo, have oscillated between two lines of defense, denouncing on the one hand a work full of lies, but also, on the other hand, full of classified information highly sensitive. The US government has, however, been denied legal action to block its release.