Skip to comments.United States Obtains Final Judgment and Permanent Injunction Against Edward Snowden
Posted on 10/02/2020 12:10:47 AM PDT by ransomnote
On Sept. 29, 2020, the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia entered a final judgment and permanent injunction against Edward Snowden, a former employee of the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) and contractor for the National Security Agency (NSA).
In September 2019, the United States filed a lawsuit against Snowden, who published a book entitled Permanent Record in violation of the non-disclosure agreements he signed with both CIA and NSA. The lawsuit alleged that Snowden published his book without submitting it to the agencies for pre-publication review, in violation of his express obligations under the agreements he signed. Additionally, the lawsuit alleges that Snowden has given public speeches on intelligence-related matters, also in violation of his non-disclosure agreements.
The United States’ lawsuit did not seek to stop or restrict the publication or distribution of Permanent Record. Rather, under well-established Supreme Court precedent, Snepp v. United States, the government sought to recover all proceeds earned by Snowden because of his failure to submit his publication for pre-publication review in violation of his alleged contractual and fiduciary obligations.
In December 2019, the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia, found in favor of the United States in the suit against Snowden on the issue of liability and held that Snowden breached his contractual and fiduciary obligations to the CIA and NSA by publishing Permanent Record and giving prepared remarks within the scope of his pre-publication review obligations, but reserved judgment on the scope of these violations or the remedies due to the government. On Tuesday, the court entered judgment in the government’s favor in an amount exceeding $5.2 million and imposed a constructive trust for the benefit of the United States over those sums and any further monies, royalties, or other financial advantages derived by Snowden from Permanent Record and 56 specific speeches.
“Edward Snowden violated his legal obligations to the United States, and therefore, his unlawful financial gains must be relinquished to the government,” said Deputy Attorney General Jeffrey A. Rosen. “As this case demonstrates, the Department of Justice will not overlook the wrongful actions of those who seek to betray the trust reposed in them and to personally profit from their access to classified national security information.”
“Intelligence information should protect our nation, not provide personal profit,” said G. Zachary Terwilliger, U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia. “This judgment will ensure that Edward Snowden receives no monetary benefits from breaching the trust placed in him.”
“We will pursue those who take advantage of sensitive positions in government to profit from the classified information learned during their government service,” said Jeffrey Bossert Clark, Acting Assistant Attorney General of the Civil Division.
This lawsuit is separate from the criminal charges brought against Snowden for his alleged disclosures of classified information. This lawsuit is a civil action, and based solely on Snowden’s failure to comply with the clear pre-publication review obligations included in his signed non-disclosure agreements.
This matter is being handled by the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of Virginia and the Department of Justice’s Civil Division.
I wonder what kind of attention a gofundme for Snowden would attract? Considering the dems endorse funding domestic terrorist organisations, it should be a non issue right?
Very good question.
We will pursue those who take advantage of sensitive positions in government to profit from the classified information learned during their government service, said Jeffrey Bossert Clark, Acting Assistant Attorney General of the Civil Division.
Good, so well see the the same action against Comey, McCabe, Strzok, Page, etc, any day now.
Bottom Line; will Snowden now be returned to the states for a trial,whether he wants to or not?
Great question. Just who are we trying to arrest here?
“This lawsuit is a civil action”
Don’t think so
And like our effed up government has not violated its oath to the people.
And lets not forget Odinga, HRC and Hidin Biden
I see. Thanks.
Check Russia's extradition treaty with the United States.
Is there one?
Yep. It’s a civil action.
This lawsuit is a civil action
Quite so. There is no criminal liability in this action. It is a form of breach of contract suit that has now been decided in favor of the plaintiff.
“The lawsuit alleged that Snowden published his book without submitting it to the agencies for pre-publication review,...”
LOL! That’s like nut jobs self-medicating. Both outright stupid comments and actions.
They use a different standard for him than they use for Brennan, et al.
What Snowden did was bad (IMO), but it was a PSA (public service announcement). And he did it for no personal benefit to himself.
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