Posted on 09/23/2020 at 10:23 AM by Sadye Scott-Hainchek
The author of a much-buzzed-about tell-all book is agreeing to forfeit some of his book proceeds.
CNN, citing court records, reports that Edward Snowden would lose more than $5 million that he earned from speaking fees and from his 2019 autobiography, Permanent Record, if a judge approves the forfeiture plan.
That said, Snowden is asking in the agreement for the ability to appeal the decision against him and tweeted that “This is not a settlement; I didn't agree to it” in response to CNN’s article.
Permanent Record was published without government approval, which was required based on Snowden’s employment contracts with the CIA and the National Security Agency.
The Justice Department subsequently sued to claim proceeds from it.
Snowden catapulted to fame — or infamy — when he leaked documents revealing US government surveillance programs.
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