This week went on sale the book "Permanent Record", Essentially a memoir written by Edward Snowden. In this book, which will be published in Russian in November of this year, Snowden details how he stole the very secret documents, how he transmitted them to the media, and then fled abroad, eventually obtaining asylum in Russia, where he remains until so far. Also on the pages of the Permanent Record you can find a lot of thoughts about privacy, the dangerous consequences of the massive collection of personal information and much more.
Of course, the American authorities did not disregard the release of Snowden’s memoirs, but they reacted very unexpectedly to the release of the book. It became known that the US Department of Justice filed a civil suit against Edward Snowden for violating the non-disclosure agreements he signed with the NSA and the CIA. In accordance with these documents, Snowden had to submit the book for consideration and approval by the US government before publication. This item is standard in government contracts and is designed specifically to prevent the disclosure of classified information by former agents in their memoirs and works of art.
At the same time, the Justice Ministry is not trying to block the distribution of the book itself, but asks the court to transfer to the authorities all the proceeds from the sales of Permanent Record.
“Intelligence should protect our nation, not personal profit,” writes Zachary Terwilliger, US Attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia. “This lawsuit ensures that Edward Snowden does not receive any financial benefit from the breach of trust that was shown to him.”
Representatives of the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) and Snowden lawyers are already subjected lawsuit by US authorities criticized. In their opinion, the book does not contain any government secrets that would not have been published by reputable news organizations earlier.
“If Mr. Snowden believed that the government would conscientiously examine his book, he would submit it for consideration. But the government still insists that the well-known facts that are being discussed all over the world are still somehow secret, ”the representatives of ACLU write.