Sep 17, 2019

U.S. sues Edward Snowden for profits from new memoir

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The United States filed a lawsuit Tuesday against former CIA employee and NSA contractor Edward Snowden alleging his memoir violates non-disclosure disagreements.

  • The lawsuit argues Snowden did not allow the agencies to review his book before publication, as had been required by a signed agreement. While the lawsuit will not attempt to stop publication of Snowden's book book, Permanent Record, it does seek to recover all proceeds earned by Snowden because of the violation.
  • Snowden leaked a series of confidential documents to journalists in 2013 while working as an NSA contractor. The information revealed previously unknown details about the state of citizen surveillance in the U.S.

What they're saying:

"The United States’ ability to protect sensitive national security information depends on employees’ and contractors’ compliance... We will not permit individuals to enrich themselves, at the expense of the United States, without complying with their pre-publication review obligations."
— Assistant Attorney General Jody Hunt of the Department of Justice’s Civil Division.

The state of play: Snowden has been on a press parade ahead of his memoir's release. In an interview, Snowden told "CBS This Morning" he would agree to return to the U.S. if he could settle on negotiations for a "fair trial."

Go deeper: Snowden says Biden warned countries not to grant him asylum

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Snowden says Biden warned countries not to grant him asylum

A screenshot of NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden on MSNBC's "The 11th Hour with Brian Williams," Sept. 16.

National Security Agency whistleblower Edward Snowden told MSNBC's "'The 11th Hour with Brian Williams Monday that Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden warned countries in 2013 there would be "consequences" if they granted him asylum.

What he's saying: Snowden told MSNBC's Brian Williams from Russia that he applied for asylum in 27 different countries. "[E]very time one of these governments got close to opening their doors, the phone would ring in their foreign ministries and on the other end of the line would be a very senior American official," he said.

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DOJ asks judge to temporarily block NY Trump tax returns subpoena

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The Justice Department asked a federal judge Wednesday to temporarily block a subpoena from New York prosecutors seeking to obtain 8 years of President Trump's personal and corporate tax returns from his longtime accounting firm, Mazars USA.

Details: In a filing, obtained by Talking Points Memo, Justice Department special counsel Joshua Gardner argues such action would raise several "significant constitutional issues that potentially implicate important interests of the United States" and should be decided in a federal, not state, court.

Go deeperArrowOct 3, 2019

Trump sues Manhattan DA to block release of tax returns

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President Trump on Thursday sued Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance in an effort to block New York prosecutors from obtaining 8 years of his personal and corporate tax returns from his longtime accounting firm, Mazars USA.

Context: The New York Times reported this week that Vance's office had subpoenaed Trump's tax returns as part of its investigation into hush money payments made to Stormy Daniels during the 2016 election.

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