US wants proceeds from Snowden memoir

World | ASSOCIATED PRESS 19 Sep 2019

The US government has filed a lawsuit against former National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden, alleging he violated nondisclosure agreements by publishing a memoir without giving the government an opportunity to review it first.

The Justice Department is seeking to "recover all proceeds'' from Snowden's book, which was released Tuesday.

Snowden published his book, Permanent Record, without submitting it for a pre-publication review, in violation of agreements he signed with the NSA and the Central Intelligence Agency, the department alleges.

In his memoir, Snowden explains why he chose to risk his freedom to become perhaps the most famous whistleblower of all time.

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