A US court on Thursday sentenced Edward snowden to pay 4.2 million euros for the income obtained from his book of memoirs and derived conferences without first submitting his work to a review of the US intelligence agencies for which he worked.
This was reported by the Justice Department, which argued that by not sending the book for a pre-publication inspection, Snowden violated nondisclosure agreements which he signed while working for the National Security Agency (NSA) and the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA).
Those pacts obligated Snowden to allow those agencies to examine any information that it purported to publish based on confidential data “Obtained as a result” of his relationship with the NSA and the CIA.
“Edward Snowden violated his legal obligations to the United States and, therefore, his illegal financial gains must be turned over to the Government,” US Deputy Attorney General Jeffrey A. Rosen said in a statement announcing the ruling.
Thus, the ruling issued by the Court for the Eastern District of Virginia imposes a trust for current earnings and future of Snowden’s memoir and 56 speeches already made.
The US Justice also explained to the court that Snowden has resided in Russia since 2013 after he was granted asylum there on federal charges arising from his leak of classified information revealing the surveillance programs from the United States.
The lawsuit also names its publisher
Snowden had worked for the CIA from 2006 to 2009 and outsourced to the NSA on several occasions between 2005 and 2013.
The Justice Department lawsuit was filed on the same day the book was published in September 2019.
Besides Snowden, the lawsuit also named its publisher, Macmillan, and asked the court to freeze assets related to his work.
Snowden’s memoirs are a journey through his life and do not include new revelations compared to those already published in 2013, when he left the United States loaded with 1.7 million documents that revealed to the world the NSA’s mass surveillance programs for telephones and the Internet.
In addition to this civil lawsuit, the Department of Justice continues to accuse Snowden of criminal charges related to the publication of that information six years ago, and the 37-year-old former technician lives in Moscow on temporary asylum.