US government sues Edward Snowden for proceeds of his memoir

US government sues Edward Snowden for proceeds of his memoir

The US government is suing NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden for the proceeds of his new memoir. 
In a lawsuit the Department of Justice claimed that it was entitled to any money the former CIA contractor makes from his book, Permanent Record, published on Tuesday. 
Mr Snowden claimed asylum in Russia in 2013 after leaking data about US government surveillance programs to the press.  
The government said that in publishing the book he had failed to adhere to pre-publication review clauses in his non-disclosure agreements.
Assistant attorney general Jody Hunt of the Department of Justice’s civil division said: “We will not permit individuals to enrich themselves, at the expense of the United States, without complying with their pre-publication review obligations.”
Mr Snowden faces separate criminal charges of espionage and the theft of government property. 
The government also named his publisher Macmillan in the lawsuit, arguing that it would inevitably become the beneficiary of some of Mr Snowden’s earnings. 
It said it was “suing the publisher solely to ensure that no funds are transferred to Snowden, or at his direction”. 

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