Snowden: Lawsuit targeting his book is selective enforcement

November 20, 2019 - 5:26 pm

ALEXANDRIA, Va. (AP) — Former CIA contractor Edward Snowden says the government is unfairly singling him out in a lawsuit that seeks to block him from profiting off his best-selling memoir.

The U.S. says Snowden’s book, “Permanent Record,” violates secrecy agreements he signed when he worked for the CIA and as a contractor for the National Security Agency.

Snowden’s lawyers filed papers Wednesday in federal court in Alexandria responding to the lawsuit. He argues that the government is selectively enforcing its rules. He also says that CIA and NSA never would have given Snowden a fair shake if he had followed the rules of his secrecy agreements and submitted his book for prepublication review.

A hearing is scheduled for December.

Snowden also faces criminal charges for his disclosures about government surveillance programs.

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