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Rival author accused of leaking Palin manuscript

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) – The writers of an unpublished Sarah Palin tell-all allege the author of a rival book helped leak copies of their manuscript, destroying its marketability.

In a letter to author Joe McGinniss, attorney Dean Steinbeck says the matter "appears to be no more than that of a jealous author sabotaging a competitor via unlawful and unscrupulous means."

The letter, on behalf of Ken Morris, Jeanne Devon and Frank Bailey, states the writers are reviewing their legal options. Bailey was an aide to then-Gov. Palin.

A draft of the unpublished manuscript leaked late last week, with stories about it and its contents making national news.

For about three months last year, McGinniss lived next door to the Palins in Alaska while researching a book on the 2008 GOP vice presidential nominee.

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