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Judge Rules Government Entitled To Snowden Book, Speech Proceeds

A federal judge ruled on Tuesday that the US government is entitled to the proceeds from Edward Snowden's memoir, as well as any money he earns from paid speeches, because the former National Security Agency employee disclosed classified information without approval, according to the Washington Post.

Snowden has been charged with espionage since 2013, when he exposed top-secret surveillance documents in what may have been the biggest security breach in U.S. history.

The former contractor sees himself as a whistleblower compelled to reveal sweeping surveillance programs hidden from the American people. But through two administrations, the government has viewed him as a traitor who escaped justice by fleeing to Russia.

Unable to put him on trial, the Justice Department this year moved to cut off his profits from the book he published, “Permanent Record,” as well as from paid speeches. -Washington Post

Judge Liam O'Grade of the Alexandria, VA federal circuit wrote in his brief that "The contractual language of the Secrecy Agreements is unambiguous," adding "Snowden accepted employment and benefits conditioned upon prepublication review obligations.'

Snowden's attorneys and the ACLU have cried foul.

"It’s farfetched to believe that the government would have reviewed Mr. Snowden’s book or anything else he submitted in good faith. For that reason, Mr. Snowden preferred to risk his future royalties than to subject his experiences to improper government censorship," said ACLU staff attorney Max Kaufman in a Tuesday statement

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Remember; Snowden has never, ever been proven wrong, in any statement Wikileaks has made; and that ... is why the US government is so absolutely furious with jim, that it would pull this kind of stunt.

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