U.S. sues Edward Snowden over new book, cites non-disclosure agreements

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Lawsuits like the one Snowden now faces have become a tactic the U.S. government has used since at least the 1970s as recourse following leaks and books published by former employees.

The government is also suing the book's publisher, in order to halt any payments to Snowden until the case has been decided in court.

"In conclusion this is good for Bitcoin", he wrote.

The US is seeking all proceeds earned by Snowden for the book, the Justice Department said.

"The United States' ability to protect sensitive national security information depends on employees' and contractors' compliance with their non-disclosure agreements, including their pre-publication review obligations", said Assistant Attorney General Jody Hunt of the Department of Justice's Civil Division.

According to a DOJ press release, Snowden's book was allegedly "in violation of the non-disclosure agreements he signed with both Central Intelligence Agency and NSA".

Living in Russian Federation since 2013 after the revelation of secret surveillance programs by US intelligence agencies, Snowden has just recently appealed to France's government to grant him asylum.

Snowden was quick to react to the lawsuit, sharing a link to buy the book on Twitter.

According to the same lawsuit, Snowden has also been violating his non-disclosure agreements by giving public speeches about U.S. intelligence-related matters. 'This lawsuit will ensure that Edward Snowden receives no monetary benefits from breaching the trust placed in him'.

In a phone interview with The Register, David Greene, senior staff attorney and civil liberties director for the Electronic Frontier Foundation, said the lawsuit, like so much about the government's dealings with Snowden, seems overly punitive but it isn't unexpected.

"That is the ultimate goal, but if I'm going to spend the rest of my life in prison then my one, bottom-line demand that we all have to agree to is that at least I get a fair trial", Snowden said. "This is the book the government does not whant you to read".

The Justice Department is not attempting to limit the book's distribution, but is asking a federal judge to allow the government to collect all the proceeds from the book.

This lawsuit is separate from the legal criminal charges brought against Snowden for his alleged disclosures of classified information about United States mass surveillance programs like PRISM, DROPOUTJEEP, XKeyscore, MUSCULAR and many more.

The Movement for a People's Party decried the Justice Department for continuing its "war on whistleblowers" targeting Snowden and others who in recent years have publicized government secrets, including war crimes.

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