Extreme secrecy surrounds Comey book manuscript

James Comey’s book is getting the Harry Potter treatment.

“A Higher Loyalty: Truth, Lies and Leadership,” the upcoming memoir from former FBI Director James Comey, is set for publication on April 18 — and with anticipation rivaling that of the cult children’s favorite, the publisher is taking extreme precautions to prevent potentially explosive revelations detailing Comey’s interactions with President Donald Trump from leaking.

Instead of circulating multiple print drafts among the editors and agents working on the book, the publisher, Flatiron Books, has implemented a password-protected electronic system so that only those involved in the project have access to it.

The project is stored under a code name so that staffers who are not involved in the project wouldn’t know where to find it if they tried. At warehouses that will ship out copies of the book, workers are being asked to sign nondisclosure agreements, according to people familiar with the procedures.

And while books typically ship out from warehouses about two weeks before their official publication dates — sometimes landing on bookstore shelves days early — the shipping date for Comey’s book is expected to be moved closer to the publication date to keep a tighter lid on the physical copies.

The Comey book is set to land just as the frenzy surrounding Michael Wolff’s tell-all ”Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House” has settled down. Like Wolff’s book, Comey’s is expected to provide an inside-the-room account of how Trump’s White House functions — but without the overarching questions about the author’s credibility casting a shadow over its contents.

Aside from his public testimony before Congress, Comey has been disciplined in remaining virtually silent about his past interactions with the president, or the developments in special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation — even though it was the circumstances of his termination that are at the core of questions about whether the president tried to obstruct justice.

 

 

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