US hits Edward Snowden with lawsuit over nondisclosure agreement violations

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Former NSA Chief Michael Hayden speaks at a symposium at Johns Hopkins University on May 11, 2014.

Former NSA Chief Michael Hayden speaks at a symposium at Johns Hopkins University on May 11, 2014.

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The United States filed a lawsuit on Tuesday against Edward Snowden, the former National Security Agency contractor who in 2013 leaked secret documents about U.S. telephone and Internet surveillance, saying his new book violates non-disclosure agreements.

The Justice Department said Snowden published his memoir, "Permanent Record," without submitting it to intelligence agencies for review, adding that speeches given by Snowden also violated nondisclosure agreements.

The United States is seeking all proceeds earned by Snowden for the book, the Justice Department said. The lawsuit also names the "corporate entities" behind the book's publication as nominal defendants.

A spokesman for Snowden could not immediately be reached, and book publisher Macmillan did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

Snowden has lived in Russia since he revealed details of U.S. intelligence agencies' secret surveillance programs.
Though Snowden is viewed by some as a hero, U.S. authorities want him to stand in a criminal trial over his disclosures of classified information.

(Reporting by Makini Brice; Additional reporting by Mark Hosenball; Editing by Marguerita Choy)