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 lectures without first submitting his work to a review of the US intelligence agencies for which he worked.
This was reported by the Department of Justice, 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 it purported to publish based on confidential data “obtained as a result” of its relationship with the NSA and the CIA.
“Edward Snowden violated his legal obligations to the United States and, therefore, their illegal financial gains must be turned over to the Government, “said Deputy Attorney General of the United States, Jeffrey A. Rosen, in a statement announcing the ruling.
Thus, the ruling issued by the Court for the Eastern District of Virginia imposes a trust for current and future earnings from 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 stemming from his leak of classified information revealing US surveillance programs.
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.
In addition to 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 they do not include new disclosures compared to those he 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 phone and internet surveillance programs.