In a statement posted on Facebook, Moore says he accepted an all-expenses trip to Washington in February after being told he was receiving an award for supporting Israel. According to The Hill, Arpaio said of the interview: "I felt uncomfortable with some of the words they were using but I had to live through it".
As part of Cohen's new show on Showtime, the actor allegedly posed as a disabled veteran and tricked Palin, who an outspoken advocate for veterans issues, into sitting down for an interview with him.
Also on Thursday, former Arizona sheriff Joe Arpaio told Breitbart that he was interviewed by Cohen, who at the time was disguised as a Finnish comedian.
"It was I that interviewed you", Ruddick's note reads.
Ruddick and Truthbrary.org may be partially inspired by right-wing news site the Drudge Report founder Matt Drudge, since in one of the brief character shots in the teaser Baron Cohen is wearing a straw hat of the kind favored by Drudge.
Palin said Baron Cohen was portraying himself as an injured military veteran. Showtime describes it as a "seven-episode series [that] explores the diverse individuals, from the infamous to the unknown across the political and cultural spectrum, who populate our unique nation". "If people do decide to tune in, they're going to hear about it anyway, if they tune in, well the ill-gotten gains by CBS and Showtime, those, I say, need to be donated to people who deserve the gains".
Moore's disclosure follows the release this week of a promotional trailer for the show that features former Vice President Dick Cheney enthusiastically signing a "waterboard kit".
Palin, reiterating and expanding on a Facebook post she wrote earlier this week explaining her appearance on Cohen's show, discussed why she ultimately "literally, physically removed" her mic and walked out of the interview. "As for Mr. Cohen, whose art is trickery, deception, and dishonesty, Alabama does not respect cowards who exhibit such traits!"
"If Showtime airs a defamatory attack on my character, I may very well be involved in another", he wrote. "I don't know these weapons systems, I'm not going to talk about them".