Judge rules government entitled to Snowden’s memoir proceeds

You have got to be kidding….

A federal judge has ruled that the federal government is entitled to any proceeds from the new memoir of former intelligence contractor Edward Snowden, who leaked top-secret documents about National Security Agency surveillance programs in 2013.

Judge Liam O’Grady in Virginia said Snowden did not submit the material in the book, Permanent Record, to federal agencies in advance, as required under agreements he signed with the CIA and the NSA promising them the right to review disclosures he intended to make public.

O’Grady was nominated by President George W. Bush to a seat on the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia vacated by Claude M. Hilton. O’Grady was confirmed by the United States Senate on July 9, 2007, and received his commission on July 11, 2007.

O’Grady also said the government was entitled to money from paid speeches Snowden made.

Snowden’s lawyer argued that it was “far-fetched to believe that the government would have reviewed Mr. Snowden’s book or anything else he submitted in good faith.”

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