Dr Ioannis Glinavos, Senior Lecturer in the Westminster Law School, wrote an article for The Conversation about the legal issues surrounding Edward Snowden’s memoir that was recently published.
In his article, Dr Glinavos discusses Snowden’s new book and the US government’s reaction to its publication. He wrote: “Instead of going down the route of trying to ban the book, which would have been difficult domestically and pointless internationally, the US authorities have tried something else. They are suing the publisher Macmillan, seeking to seize any profits.”
He added: “They are arguing that Snowden is in breach of his contractual obligations to the US government for not providing the manuscript to the authorities for approval before publication.”
He also compared the news of Snowden’s memoir to George Blake, who faced a similar fate to Edward Snowden. Dr Glinavos wrote: “No matter what your views are of Blake and Snowden, they have breached their obligations to their employers.”