The U.S. sued Edward Snowden Tuesday for violating nondisclosure agreements with the National Security Agency (NSA) and Central Intelligence Agency by publishing his new book "Permanent Record."
Snowden, best known as the former intelligence analyst who leaked information about the NSA's global and domestic surveillance programs, released his book Tuesday.
The lawsuit, filed in the Eastern District Court of Virginia, does not seek to block the publishing of the book, but instead asks for any profits Snowden makes from it.
“Intelligence information should protect our nation, not provide personal profit,” G. Zachary Terwilliger, U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia, said in a statement.
The promotion is odd, however, seeing that he will likely receive no money from the book.
The government of the United States has just announced a lawsuit over my memoir, which was just released today worldwide. This is the book the government does not want you to read: (link corrected) https://t.co/JS1AJ6QlXg— Edward Snowden (@Snowden) September 17, 2019