Edward Snowden, the whistleblower who lives in asylum in Russia, has been tweeting about his proposed response to news Washington is suing him over the content of his new book, “Permanent Record.”
An argument over Snowden’s book has been brewing for a while, with the U.S. Justice Department (DOJ) complaining Snowden did not submit a draft of it for approval before publication. Jody Hunt, Assistant Attorney General of the DOJ’s Civil Division, said in a press release, “We will not permit individuals to enrich themselves, at the expense of the United States, without complying with their pre-publication review obligations.”
This lawsuit is separate from the criminal charges brought against Snowden for his alleged disclosures of classified information. This lawsuit is a civil action, and based solely on Snowden’s failure to comply with the clear pre-publication review obligations included in his signed non-disclosure agreements.
Snowden is seeking to protect his money, and his final tweet on 17th September in relation to this dispute said, “In conclusion this is good for Bitcoin.”
As Cointelegraph reports, Bitcoin has featured in moves by Snowden at the U.S. government’s expense before. In June, it emerged Bitcoin was the medium of choice he used to pay for servers used in a leak of data from the National Security Agency, or NSA.
However, previously, Snowden has also revealed his doubts about Bitcoin’s suitability as a financial means of avoiding government coercion. “The much larger structural flaw, the long-lasting flaw, is its public ledger,” he said in an interview in March last year.
In the past he has also praised ZCash, which is privacy focused, but this time he didn’t mention it. However, bitcoin supporters were more than happy with the publicity Snowden has given to the leading cryptocurrency.
One analyst posted, “Bitcoin is the currency of the people, for the people and by the people,” which got a lot of likes from the community.