Snowden to appear publicly for first time since US sued over book
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Edward Snowden, the American fugitive whistleblower, is slated to speak via video next month at Web Summit in Lisbon, his first public appearance since the U.S. sued him over his memoir.

Organizers of Web Summit confirmed to Reuters it would be Snowden’s largest live audience to date and that he would take questions from a moderator about his work for the National Security Agency (NSA).

Snowden’s appearance will be streamed to the public, and organizers said they anticipate having 70,000 people attend the conference in person.


Snowden, who made headlines in 2013 when he leaked information about the NSA's global and domestic surveillance programs, released his memoir last month.

The government sued him over the book, saying it violates nondisclosure agreements because Snowden did not submit the memoir for a review prior to publication.

The lawsuit filed by the U.S. government does not seek to block the book’s publishing but is asking that the government receive any profits made off the book.

“Intelligence information should protect our nation, not provide personal profit,” G. Zachary Terwilliger, U.S. attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia, said in a statement last month.  “This lawsuit will ensure that Edward Snowden receives no monetary benefits from breaching the trust placed in him.”

Snowden was granted asylum in Russia and has been living there since 2013. He says he cannot travel to the West since he may be arrested in countries that have extradition treaties with the U.S., where he faces criminal charges for alleged disclosure of classified information.