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Heads up, John Bolton: Edward Snowden may have to give his book money to the government.

Corinne Segal

September 22, 2020, 2:46pm

In the latest chapter of Edward Snowden’s legal battle over his 2019 book Permanent Record, a federal judge has ruled that Edward Snowden needs to forfeit about $1 million in speaking fees and $4 million from other book-related earnings to the government.

While Snowden’s story and book deal precede our current, and unrelenting, avalanche of Trump tell-all memoirs, the decision doesn’t seem to bode incredibly well for them. Snowden’s legal team may appeal, attorney Lawrence Lustberg told CNN, while noting “it may be difficult for the US government to get access to Snowden’s funds if they’re kept out of the country.” In other words, everything is fine!

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