US authorities have figured out a way to punish fugitive intelligence officer Edward Snowden for revealing US NSA secrets in his autobiography, "Permanent Record." They want to deprive the author of the profit from the sale of this sufficiently popular book. A federal judge in Virginia recently ruled in favor of the government, but lawyers are going to appeal against it.
Snowden's book was published back in September, to which the US Department of Justice immediately reacted with a lawsuit. According to the rules of this country, if a work touches upon issues of state secrets and the work of special services, it must be reviewed before publication. The goal is to prevent the disclosure of state secrets, to which, by the way, the book is dedicated. Therefore, Snowden's lawyers bluntly stated that it was pointless to submit a request for a review, the authorities would never have given a positive opinion.
But the Ministry of Justice insists that the matter is not in the contents of the book, but in the violation of bureaucratic rules. Since there was no review and permission, the book was published and sold illegally. Therefore, Snowden has no rights to the money raised for her, and until proven otherwise, the funds should be deposited with the US Treasury Department.
Brett Max Kaufman, senior attorney on Snowden's team of attorneys, disagreed with the decision. They will continue to look for ways to get around the restrictions.