The U.S. Government is Trying to Seize Proceeds from Edward Snowden's New Book
Is the government’s policy of prepublication review for military and intelligence personnel unconstitutional?
Edward Snowden is a controversial figure in the intelligence community, the journalism community, and the country as a whole. Some consider him a heroic whistle-blower, and others see him as a dangerous traitor.
There is a complicated balance between the right to free speech and transparency and the need for national security, and regardless of your opinion on Snowden, his past and present actions sit right at the center of this debate.
This week, the U.S. government announced that it is suing MacMillan Publishers for the proceeds from Snowden’s latest memoir, Permanent Record. The suit alleges that Snowden failed to submit his book to the government’s prepublication review system, in which intelligence employees and military personnel must gain approval to write or speak publicly about their work. Lawyers for Snowden and MacMillan argue that this rule is unconstitutional.
Snowden, who has been living in Russia, responded to the suit on twitter by stating "It is hard to think of a greater stamp of authenticity than the US government filing a lawsuit claiming your book is so truthful that it was literally against the law to write.”
Is this lawsuit an attack on free speech? What do you think?
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