U.S. officials sued Edward Snowden, a former employee of the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) and National Security Agency (NSA). According to the website of the US Department of Justice, the reason was the publication of his autobiography Permanent Record.
The agency notes that before the release of the book, Snowden had to coordinate its contents with the NSA and the CIA. This is provided for in the non-disclosure agreement signed upon employment. At the same time, authorities do not demand to stop selling the autobiography. In the lawsuit, the government asks them to transfer to them all the proceeds from the sale of the book due to a violation of obligations by the employee.
Edward Snowden violated the commitments he made as part of his work at the CIA and the NSA. The ability of the United States to protect sensitive information is based on compliance by employees and their contractors. This lawsuit is a sign that the Justice Ministry will not tolerate violations of public confidence and we will not allow ourselves to be enriched due to default on obligations to the United States.
Assistant Attorney General
Also, authorities filed a petition for interim measures against the publisher, which could transfer funds to Snowden.
Before that, during a teleconference, Snowden admitted that during the decision to publish his memoirs, he had to choose between maintaining state secrets and observing constitutional principles.
The lawsuit will be considered separately from the charges of disclosure of secret information and espionage in 2013. Then Snowden received asylum in Russia.