US sues Edward Snowden over new autobiography describing how he leaked top-secret files


The government is demanding all proceeds from the whistleblower’s autobiography

Lily Puckett
New York

The United States has filed a lawsuit against Edward Snowden, the former National Security Agency contractor and Central Intelligence Agency employee who in 2013 leaked documents about US surveillance, saying his new memoir violates non-disclosure agreements.

Mr Snowden’s book, entitled Permanent Record, was published this week.

The book provides new insight into how he came to smuggle top-secret files from the US government concerning telephone and Internet surveillance to reporters at The Guardian and The Washington Post, according to a review in the New Yorker.

However, the Justice Department says he published the book without submitting it to intelligence agencies for review, “in violation of his express obligations under the agreements he signed”, according to a press release.



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