Published: Wed, September 18, 2019
Global News | By Blake Casey

U.S. sues Edward Snowden for profits from his new book

U.S. sues Edward Snowden for profits from his new book

Snowden has lived in Russian Federation since he revealed details of United States intelligence agencies' secret surveillance programs. "This lawsuit will ensure that Edward Snowden receives no monetary benefits from breaching the trust placed in him", said G. Zachary Terwilliger, US Attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia.

The government has had some success in the past when demanding profits from employees, including military officials, who they say have violated their signed non-disclosure agreements.

The episode continues a debacle about the publication, with the U.S. Justice Department (DOJ) complaining Snowden did not submit a draft of it for approval before publication.

Washington (CNN)Edward Snowden, who has been living in exile in Russian Federation after leaking American intelligence secrets in 2013, said Monday that he would like to return to the United States if he is guaranteed a fair trial.

The United States government today filed a lawsuit against Edward Snowden, a former contractor for the CIA and NSA government agencies who made headlines worldwide in 2013 when he fled the country and leaked top-secret information about NSA's global and domestic surveillance activities.

Uncle Sam's legal eagles appear to have anticipated this by insisting that it "does not seek to stop or restrict the publication or distribution of Permanent Record".

"Permanent Record" tells the story of Snowden's life in detail for the very first time, offering an explanation behind his decision to forgo his freedom to become one of the most high-profile whistleblowers of all time.

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"This book contains no government secrets that have not been previously published by respected news organizations", added Wizner.

Praised as a whistleblower and a privacy advocate by his defenders, the United States accuses Snowden of endangering national security and filed charges against him under the Espionage Act.

Snowden had been a NSA contractor and CIA employee before he leaked a large cache of documents on American intelligence operations to the media about surveillance programs that gathered information from major tech companies, as well as a program that tracked Americans' phone records.

However, the 36-year-old said on Monday that he wanted to return home to the U.S., calling it his "ultimate goal".

In anticipation of the book's release, Snowden urged President Emmanuel Macron to grant him asylum in France. I'm not asking for a pardon.

Greene said he expects the government will argue that the facts disclosed are irrelevant and that a review is contractually required regardless. "What I'm asking for is a fair trial", he said.

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