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Tony Evers defends the writing in Ed Wall's "tell-all" book

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MADISON (WKOW) -- Wisconsin's former Corrections Secretary releases his "tell-all" book accusing Governor Scott Walker and Attorney General Brad Schimel of "driving him to the edge of suicide." Ed Wall talks about his long-time feud with the governor in the book. The title lays out Wall's take on it, “Unethical, Life in Scott Walker's Cabinet and the Dirty Side of Politics."

Wall claims in the book the handling of the youth prisons got out of hand and Walker and Attorney General Schimel drove him to almost taking his own life. Walker's spokesperson fired back in a statement calling the claims false.

"These are false attacks being made by someone who was fired from the Department of Justice for asking a state employee to break the law," said Spokeswoman Amy Hansenberg.

Wall also endorsed candidate for Governor Tony Evers. Evers is defending Wall's claims.

"When you see someone like Ed and others too that were especially politicized to the point that they couldn't operate in the best interest of the people of the state, that's a problem," said Evers.

After Wall resigned, he tried to get his job back which agency officials allowed. But they demoted him and placed him on administrative leave. Then in April of 2016, Schimel fired him after Wall sent an email asking Walker's Chief of Staff to get his job back. Wall noted in the letter that the administration was concerned about creating public records and told the employee to feel free to shred the document. Schimel said he didn't trust an employee who asked others to break the law.

Wall said he asked for his job back “in desperation.” Evers said the administration ignored the problems for years and it needs to be change.

"They had a politician issue with Lincoln Hills and the governor didn't want to show up there,” said Evers. “Ed was forced out in a way that he was trying to do the best for his own employees and the kids there and he was rebuffed because of the politics of it."

Wall no longer lives in Wisconsin and currently works in New Hampshire at a cybersecurity firm. He said he remains upset about how he was treated.

The abuse and mistreatment of juveniles at the youth facilities are now being handled by the FBI.

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