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Snowden’s book earnings should go to gov’t, court rules

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The United States is entitled to more than US$ 5.2 million from former National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden’s book royalties, a federal court ruled this week, according to the U. S. Department of Justice. In a statement, the department said the U. S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia on Tuesday also ruled in favour of setting up a trust for the government for any future earnings from Snowden’s book, which had been the subject of a federal lawsuit. A lawyer for Snowden did not immediatel­y respond to a request for comment. In September 2019, the U. S. government sued Snowden, pictured, over his publicatio­n of Permanent Record, a book the United States says violated non- disclosure agreements he signed.

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