Edward Snowden’s Memoir how he leaked the CIA and NSA top spying secrets backfired when the Justice Department filed suit to confiscate the books sale proceeds.
From justice.gov: The United States today filed a lawsuit against Edward Snowden, a former employee of the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) and contractor for the National Security Agency (NSA), who published a book entitled Permanent Record in violation of the non-disclosure agreements he signed with both CIA and NSA.
The lawsuit alleges that Snowden published his book without submitting it to the agencies for pre-publication review. In violation of his express obligations under the agreements he signed. Additionally, the lawsuit alleges that Snowden has given public speeches on intelligence-related matters in violation of his non-disclosure agreements.
The United States lawsuit does not seek to stop or restrict the publication or distribution of Permanent Record. Rather, under well-established Supreme Court precedent, Snepp v. United States. The government seeks to recover all proceeds earned by Snowden because of his failure to submit his publication for pre-publication review in violation of his alleged contractual and fiduciary obligations.
The lawsuit also names as nominal defendants the corporate entities involved in publishing Snowden’s book permanent record. The United States is suing the publisher solely to ensure that no funds are transferred to Snowden, or at his direction, while the court resolves the United States’ claims. Snowden is currently living in Russia.
Intelligence information should protect our nation, not provide personal profit, said G. Zachary Terwilliger, U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia. This lawsuit will ensure that Edward Snowden receives no monetary benefits from permanent record breaching the trust placed in him.
This lawsuit is separate from the criminal charges brought against Snowden for his alleged disclosures of classified information. This lawsuit is a civil action, and based solely on Snowden’s failure to comply with the clear pre-publication review obligations included in his signed non-disclosure agreements.
Ouch talk about a Butt Hurt – No Money For Ole Vladimir Putin! This lawsuit has Donald J. Trump the businessman written all over it. Never get mad Get The Money!! 😉