Posted on September 23, 2019 at 11:01 AM by Sadye Scott-Hainchek

All publicity is good publicity, right?

That’s been true at least for Edward Snowden, the former CIA employee who spilled the beans on the NSA’s surveillance programs.

The same week that his memoir, Permanent Record, was released, the Department of Justice announced that it was suing Snowden for violating nondisclosure agreements.

A few days after publication, Snowden appeared on The Daily Show via video feed from Russia, where he’s sought asylum, and told host Trevor Noah that the lawsuit was a blessing for his sales.

“It was like [number] 25 on the charts,” he said of his book.

“And then the government said, ‘We don’t want you to read this book. Sue Snowden as fast as you can, do anything to stop it, stop it, stop it,’ and now we’re number 1, basically everywhere.”

You can read more from Snowden’s interview on The Hollywood Reporter.

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