U.S. sues Edward Snowden over new book, cites non-disclosure agreements

The U.S. government filed a lawsuit Tuesday against former contractor , alleging he violated by publishing a memoir without giving the government an opportunity to review it first. The is seeking to "recover all proceeds" from Snowden's book, which was released Tuesday.

The United States filed a lawsuit on Tuesday against Edward Snowden, the former National Security Agency contractor who in 2013 leaked documents about U.S. telephone and Internet surveillance, saying his new book violates non-disclosure agreements.

The said Snowden published his memoir, "Permanent Record," without submitting it to intelligence agencies for review, adding that speeches given by Snowden also violated nondisclosure agreements.

The is seeking all proceeds earned by Snowden for the book, the Justice Department said. The lawsuit also names the "corporate entities" behind the book's publication as nominal defendants.

A spokesman for Snowden could not immediately be reached, and book publisher Macmillan did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

Snowden has lived in Russia since he revealed details of U.S. intelligence agencies' secret surveillance programs.

Though Snowden is viewed by some as a hero, U.S. authorities want him to stand in a criminal trial over his disclosures of classified information.

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