Edward Snowden’s new memoir has become the world’s best selling book after the US sued its publisher in a move he said was “good for Bitcoin.”
US Sends Snowden Memoir To The Moon
In ongoing Twitter updates, Snowden revealed that Permanent Record, which hit the market on September 17, almost immediately became the most popular title worldwide.
While not citing the source of the information or exact numbers, the Freedom of the Press Foundation president noted the current US government lawsuit had only helped sales.
Yesterday, the government sued the publisher of #PermanentRecord for—not kidding—printing it without giving the CIA and NSA a change to erase details of their classified crimes from the manuscript. Today, it is the best-selling book in the world: https://t.co/oMJLOvUjG7
— Edward Snowden (@Snowden) September 18, 2019
The debacle involves Snowden allegedly requiring permission from the CIA and NSA in order to publish the book, which focuses on mass surveillance.
According to a press release from the US Department of Justice, it was essential authorities reviewed it before publication.
“The United States’ ability to protect sensitive national security information depends on employees’ and contractors’ compliance with their non-disclosure agreements, including their pre-publication review obligations,” Assistant Attorney General Jody Hunt commented.
This lawsuit demonstrates that the Department of Justice does not tolerate these breaches of the public’s trust. We will not permit individuals to enrich themselves, at the expense of the United States, without complying with their pre-publication review obligations.
Lawsuit: Good For The Book, Good For Bitcoin
While a win could see Permanent Record disappear from shelves in future, so far, its effect has been just the opposite.