The Justice Department filed a lawsuit Tuesday against Edward Snowden, a former CIA employee who leaked classified information from the NSA in 2013. The lawsuit is centered on the publication of Snowden's memoir without him seeking approval, which the Justice Department is alleging violates non-disclosure agreements Snowden signed with the government. The point of the lawsuit, however, is not to prevent the the publication or the distribution of the book, but to "recover the proceeds" of its sale earned by Snowden. "Intelligence information should protect our nation, not provide personal profit," G. Zachary Terwilliger, the U.S. attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia, said in a statement. "This lawsuit will ensure that Edward Snowden receives no monetary benefits from breaching the trust placed in him."
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