John Bolton’s memoir The Room Where It Happened officially comes out Tuesday. The book was all set to hit the shelves after surviving a security review and a legal challenge from the Justice Department. But over the weekend, it was available in ways even his publisher is hoping to prevent.
A PDF of the book has turned up on the internet, offering a free, pirated edition of the former national security adviser’s scathing takedown of President Donald Trump, who has alleged that the book contains classified material that never should have been released.
Simon & Schuster spokesperson Adam Rothberg said, “We are working assiduously to take down these clearly illegal instances of copyright infringement.”
The Room Where It Happened was originally scheduled for March but was delayed twice as the White House reviewed the manuscript. Bolton’s legal team has said that he spent months addressing White House concerns about classified information and that Bolton had been assured in late April by the official he was working with that the manuscript no longer contained any such material.