Edward Snowden made $1.27 million from 2015 to 2020 as a speaker and moderator of various virtual conferences, including $35,000 on cryptocurrency-related ones. This follows from the documents to the suit of the Department of Justice against a former employee of the US National Security Agency (NSA).
According to DeCrypt, the agency expects to receive a portion of these revenues, as well as a portion of the royalties for publishing a memoir, A Personal File, which was published in 2019. The civil lawsuit is being dealt with separately from the criminal lawsuit brought against Snowden for alleged disclosure of classified NSA information.
The document cited by the publication indicates that Snowden received $20,000 for participating in a conference organized in March 2018 by a startup Blockstack in Berlin. Then he gave a comment to the head of the research department of the Coin Center Peter van Valkenburg.
The former NSA employee received a $15,000 fee from the organizers of the Bitcoin 2019 conference in San Francisco in June of that year for an interview with BTC Media CEO David Bailey.
Both events were held in a virtual format, since Snowden has been in Russia for seven years. This allows him to avoid arrest by the US authorities.
The information about Snowden’s earnings was disclosed by the American Program Bureau (APB), which was the booking agent of the informant. The court ordered her to appear as a witness in the trial of the US Department of Justice against the former NSA agent.
APB handed over a list of 67 Snowden performances it hosted from September 2015 to May 2020. The table does not include booking agent commissions. Therefore, Blockstack and BTC Media payouts could have been higher.
In December 2018, US District Court Judge Liam O’Grady ruled in favor of the government. Then he ruled that the country’s authorities were entitled to income from memoirs and Snowden’s income from speeches.
Recall that in March 2020, at the height of the fall of bitcoin, Snowden announced that he had the idea of buying it.