U.S. Sues Edward Snowden Over New Book, Cites Non-Disclosure Agreements

FILE PHOTO - Edward Snowden speaks via video link as he takes part in a round table on the protection of whistleblowers at the Council of Europe in Strasbourg, France, March 15, 2019. REUTERS/Vincent Kessler

The United States filed a lawsuit on Tuesday against former NSA contractor Edward Snowden, who in 2013 leaked secret documents about U.S. telephone and Internet surveillance, saying his new book violates non-disclosure agreements.

The Justice Department said Snowden published his book, “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.

(Reporting by Makini Brice)


  1. If Snowden, wrong or right, wants to be considered a whistleblower, then profiting from it undermines any claims of virtue. He’d be better donating any profit, if the gov’t doesn’t seize them, to charitable causes.

    Of course there’s that NDA violation and criminal charges hanging over everything. He willingly signed it and should be held to it.

    Just like people signing for school loans they suddenly want to skip out on. No one held a gun to his/her/xer heads. There’s also the issue of individual and financial responsibility. Boohoo if you’re xxx-studies degree only got you a job at Starbucks or that IT degree didn’t pay the six-figures you wanted.

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