The U.S. Department of Justice has sued Edward Snowden over the publication of his new book entitled ''Permanent Record,'' arguing that it violates the non-disclosure agreements the whistle blower signed while working at CIA and NSA.
The government filed a civil lawsuit against Snowden Tuesday stating that he should not get to keep the profits from the book.
The Department of Justice explicitly pointed out that it did not mean to stop the release of ''Permanent Record.'' It highlighted that the author should have submitted it to the agencies for pre-publication review.
The department confirmed it would also seek to recover any proceeds Snowden earns from the unauthorized book.
Assistant attorney general Jody Hunt of the Department of Justice's civil unit, commented that Washington's ability to protect the national security highly depends on the employees' and contractors' compliance with the internal rules and non-disclosure agreements.
G. Zachary Terwilliger, the U.S. attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia, echoed his colleague's words adding that sensitive intelligence information should protect our nation, and it was not supposed to be used for personal profits.
In an interview earlier this week, Edward Snowden did not regret his actions. He pointed out that his goal was never to destroy the national intelligence services but to reform them.
As soon as the U.S. government announced the lawsuit, Snowden commented that Washington does not want the public to read his book.
According to his lawyer, Ben Wizner, the memoir does not contain any government secrets that have not been already published. Asked why his client did not submit his work to the agencies for pre-review, Wizner said that Snowden did not believe they would act in ''good faith.''
In his words, Snowden published his memoir as a continuation of the evolving global conversation about mass surveillance. The former NSA and CIA employee hopes that the lawsuit by the U.S. government would bring the book to the attention of even more readers across the world, his lawyer added.
In 2013, Snowden disclosed top-secret information on global surveillance programs run by American and British intelligence units to media outlets. The Washington Post and The Guardian shared a Pulitzer prize for their joint work on the story. Since then, Snowden lives in Russia.
At that time, Donald Trump, who had not yet declared political ambitions, called Snowden a ''traitor'' and suggested that he should be executed for leaking information to China and Russia.
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