FILE - In this Oct. 11, 2013 file image made from video and released by WikiLeaks, former National Security Agency systems analyst Edward Snowden speaks in Moscow.Former U.S. National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden, who leaked classified documents detailing government surveillance programs, is calling on French President Emmanuel Macron to grant him asylum. (AP Photo, File)

Justice Dept. files lawsuit against Snowden over memoir

September 17, 2019 - 1:57 pm

WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. government is suing former National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden, alleging he violated nondisclosure agreements by publishing a memoir.

The Justice Department announced the lawsuit Tuesday.

They say Snowden published the book without submitting it for a pre-publication review in violation of agreements he signed with the NSA and the Central Intelligence Agency.

The government says it will seek to "recover all proceeds" from the book. The Justice Department says it won't attempt to restrict the book's publication or distribution.

The book was released Tuesday. It offers an expansive account of how he came to reveal secret details about the government's mass collection of emails, phone calls and Internet activity in the name of national security.

Snowden lives in Russia to avoid arrest under the U.S. Espionage Act.

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