Edward Snowden speaks via video link as he takes part in a discussion about his book Permanent Record with German journalist Holger Stark in Berlin, Germany, September 17, 2019. (Reuters)
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WASHINGTON – The United States filed a lawsuit on Tuesday against Edward Snowden, the former National Security Agency contractor who in 2013 leaked secret documents about US telephone and Internet surveillance, saying his new book violates non-disclosure agreements.
The Justice Department said Snowden published his memoir, Permanent Record, without submitting it to intelligence agencies for review, adding that speeches given by Snowden also violated nondisclosure agreements.
The United States is seeking all proceeds earned by Snowden for the book, the Justice Department said. The lawsuit also names the “corporate entities” behind the book’s publication as nominal defendants.
A spokesman for Snowden could not immediately be reached, and book publisher Macmillan did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
Snowden has lived in Russia since he revealed details of US intelligence agencies’ secret surveillance programs.
Though Snowden is viewed by some as a hero, US authorities want him to stand in a criminal trial over his disclosures of classified information. (Reuters)