A lawsuit has been filed against Edward Snowden, the former National Secret Agency contractor for allegedly violating non-disclosure agreement(s). The United States filed the lawsuit on Tuesday against Snowden who leaked secret documents about U.S. Telephone and Internet surveillance in 2013 – he wrote, “Everything You Know about the Constitution is Wrong.” in 2013.
Snowden has been accused of violating non-disclosure agreement(s) by publishing his memoir, “Permanent Record” without submitting it to the intelligence agencies for review as well. Speeches given by Snowden also violate the agreement, the Justice Department has said.
As a consequence the United States is seeking all proceeds earned by Snowden for his book, the Justice Department said. The lawsuit also names the “corporate entities” behind the book’s publication as nominal defendants.
However, Ben Wizner, an attorney with the American Civil Liberties Union who represents Snowden, said the lawsuit was without merit. “This book contains no government secrets that have not been previously published by respected news organizations,” he said in a statement, adding that Snowden would have submitted it for review if he thought the government would review it in good faith.
Snowden who is living in Russia since he leaked details of U.S. intelligence agencies’ secret surveillance programs, appearing via video link in Berlin to promote the book, said that while he had signed a non-disclosure agreement to maintain secrecy, but he had also sworn an oath to uphold the U.S. Constitution. Some people consider him a hero while the US authorities want to charge him as a criminal for disclosing the classified information.