DOJ files civil lawsuit against Edward Snowden about new memoir

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The Ministry of justice filed a civil lawsuit Tuesday against the former National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden for the violation of his secrecy agreements with the CIA and the NSA by writing a new book about his leaks.

Snowden’s memoir, “Permanent Record” hits bookshelves Tuesday. Snowden, who famously leaked classified documents about government surveillance, it has avoided the pursuit of a life in Russia.


“Edward Snowden has an obligation, which he took to the United States when he signed the agreements as part of its activities of the CIA and NSA contractor,” said Assistant Attorney General Jody Hunt of the Department of Justice’s Civil Division.

The filing claims that Snowden against his non-disclosure agreements, by the absence of his manuscript to the agencies for pre-publication review is a standard process for former employees and contractors of the agencies.

The DOJ should ensure that there are no funds to Snowden, or in its direction, and the court will resolve the United States ” claims. The immediate consequence could be that the freezing of the book revenue.

“Intelligence information should profit to the protection of our nation, not personal,” said Zachary G. Terwilliger, U.S. attorney for the Eastern district of Virginia. “This lawsuit will ensure that Edward Snowden does not receive any financial benefit from the breach of the trust placed in him.”

This case was filed in the Eastern district of Virginia, and is separate from the criminal case against Snowden for allegedly disclosing classified information.

Attorney General Bill Barr approved the lawsuit, according to a source familiar with the situation.

In this Feb. 14, 2015, file photo Edward Snowden in a live video feed broadcast from Moscow at an event sponsored by the ACLU Hawaii in Honolulu appears. Snowden has written a memoir, tells his life story in detail for the first time and explained why he chose to risk his freedom, perhaps the most famous whistleblower of all time. (AP Photo/Marco Garcia, file)

S Snowden ‘ memoir tells to explain his life story in detail for the first time, why he chose to risk his freedom, perhaps the most famous whistleblower of all time.

Snowden writes in the book that led to his seven years working for the NSA and the CIA him to the conclusion that the U.S. intelligence community “hacked” in the Constitution,” and every freedom is in danger, and he had no other choice than to journalists, to reveal it to the world.

“I realized that I was crazy to have imagined that the Supreme Court or the Congress, or the President Obama, would the removal of his government of President George W. Bush to ever hold the IC is legally responsible for everything,” he writes.

His decision, of obscure IC-wonk, to a whistleblower in 2013 sparked a national debate about the extent of state surveillance by the secret services desperate to avoid a repeat of the Sept. 11 attacks. Intelligence officers, to conduct annual assessments of the damage caused by Snowden’s classified say disclosures that the documents leaked to the public, for years to come.

In the midst of the publication of his book, Snowden this week, French President Emmanuel Macron urged to grant him asylum.


But in an interview Monday on “CBS This Morning,” Snowden said, he would like to return to the United States one day, if he should get a fair trial.

“That is the ultimate goal, but to spend if I’m going the rest of my life in the prison, then, bottom line my demand that we all agree on, is that I can at least get a fair trial,” Snowden said.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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