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Snowden Ordered by Judge to Surrender Book Profits to U.S.

  • Whistle-blower must give up $4.2 million from 2019 memoir
  • Court also ordered Snowden to give up fees from speeches
Copies of the book titled "Permanent Record" by Edward Snowden.
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A federal judge in Virginia ordered the whistle-blower Edward Snowden to relinquish $4.2 million in profits from his tell-all memoir about his work in U.S. intelligence because he did not submit the manuscript for government review before publishing.

Snowden also must give up profits stemming from paid speeches that he gave without authorization, and sacrifice potential future profits from the distribution or adaptation of his 2019 memoir, “Permanent Record,” said U.S. District Judge Liam O’Grady in an order on Tuesday.