WikiLeaks has delivered what could be a crushing blow to Michael Wolff’s much-maligned Fire and Fury tell-all, detailing what goes on inside the Trump White House.
The Julian Assange-led outlet has downloaded the entire book online, meaning people can now get it for free.
From Washington Times:
WikiLeaks tweeted a link late Sunday to what appears to be the manuscript of the controversial new book “Fire and Fury” about President Trump.
The tweet, which includes a link to a PDF, claims it is “the full text” of the book “Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House” by Michael Wolff.
The Trump administration has panned the book, referring to it as pure fiction and the work of a ‘total loser.’
Wolff was interviewed by NBC’s Savannah Guthrie, where he claimed he did “what was ever necessary to get the story.”
As Today show co-anchor Savannah Guthrie repeatedly questioned his credibility on Friday, Fire and Fury author Michael Wolff declared that he stood by “absolutely everything” in his Trump-trashing book. Despite that assertion, he later admitted to using deceptive tactics: “I certainly said what was ever necessary to get the story.”
Guthrie began by quoting President Trump’s criticism of the book: “Well, the President, obviously as you know, tweeted about you last night. He says, ‘I authorized zero access to the White House,’ actually turned you down ‘many times.’ Says he’d ‘never spoke’ to you for the book, ‘It’s full of lies, misrepresentations and sources that don’t exist.” So as good a place to start as any, did you talk to the President?’” Wolff snidely replied: “What was I doing there if he didn’t want me to be there?”
The morning show host repeated her question: “Well, let me ask you, did you talk to President? Did you interview him for this book?” Rather than simply say yes, Wolff gave this equivocating response: “I absolutely spoke to the President. Whether he realized it was an interview or not, I don’t know, but it certainly was not off the record.”
Guthrie reiterated moments later that “the President is saying it’s full of lies” and that Wolff “didn’t have the access” he claimed to have. He whined: “You know, I think we – one of the things we have to count on is that Donald Trump will attack, he will send lawyers’ letters. This is a 35-year history of how he approaches everything.”
Surprise surprise! Wolff claims he can’t be certain if parts of the book are true.
From Business Insider:
The author of the explosive new book about Donald Trump’s presidency acknowledged in the book that he wasn’t certain all of its content was true.
Michael Wolff, the author of “Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House,” included a note at the start that casts significant doubt on the reliability of the specifics contained in the rest of its pages.
Several of his sources, he says, were definitely lying to him, while some offered accounts that flatly contradicted those of others.
But some were nonetheless included in the vivid account of the West Wing’s workings, in a process Wolff describes as “allowing the reader to judge” whether the sources’ claims are true.
In other cases, the media columnist said, he did use his journalistic judgment and research to arrive at what he describes “a version of events I believe to be true.”
Here is the relevant part of the note, from the 10th page of the book’s prologue:
“Many of the accounts of what has happened in the Trump White House are in conflict with one another; many, in Trumpian fashion, are baldly untrue. These conflicts, and that looseness with the truth, if not with reality itself, are an elemental thread of the book.
“Sometimes I have let the players offer their versions, in turn allowing the reader to judge them. In other instances I have, through a consistency in the accounts and through sources I have come to trust, settled on a version of events I believe to be true.”
So, there you go.
The book is more than likely hogwash, yet with all the exposure it has received it was likely to sell many copies – before WikiLeaks intervened, that is.
[Note: This post was written by John S. Roberts]