Edward Snowden is an American whistleblower who was a CIA employee and subcontractor. He is famously known for leaking highly classified information of the NSA (National security agency)
On Snowden’s 30th birthday, June 21, 2013, the U.S. Department of Justice unsealed charges against Snowden of two counts of violating the Espionage Act of 1917 and theft of government property, following which the Department of State revoked his passport.Later he flew to Moscow’s Sheremetyevo Airport, Russia granted Snowden the right of asylum with an initial visa for residence for one year, and repeated extensions have permitted him to stay at least until 2020.
In 2016, he became the president of the Freedom of the Press Foundation, a San Francisco-based organization that states its purpose is to protect journalists from hacking and government surveillance.
Snowden published his first book “Everything You Know about the Constitution is Wrong” in 2013.
He is back with his new book “Permanent Record” which is a memoir of Snowden’s life as a whistleblower.
The book has already started a storm after the US government filed a lawsuit on him for allegedly not submitted the book to the CIA or NSA for pre-publication review, which is a required practice among former CIA employees.
It is also being said the book discloses information related to many still classified cases which violate the Nondisclosure agreement.
Snowden in his tweet says ” The very book which the government does not want you to read became the #1 selling book in the world”