Today the former deep-cover agent’s expectations came true, as the spy agency announced that a long-rumored suit had been filed against him in July for breaking his secrecy oath by publishing his book without its approval.
The Justice Department suit, on behalf of the spy agency, seeks
It cited as precedent Snepp vs. United States, the 1980 Supreme Court decision against former CIA officer Frank Snepp that validated the agency requirement that employees submit their writings for approval as a fiduciary obligation.
As a result of the decision, the government was able to seize Snepp’s profits from the book. Snepp subsequently wrote a second book,
Like Snepp, whose memoir “Decent Interval” harshly criticized CIA activities at the end of the Vietnam War, Jones maintains that his book contained "no classified information."
He said he used a pseudonym because
Publishing the book without approval was necessitated because “there are no viable whistleblower mechanisms within the CIA,” he said.
The CIA at first offered no explanation for why the suit, which was filed in July, was just announced on Tuesday. It referred callers to the Justice Department.
But CIA spokeswoman Paula Weiss later said,
Last spring, Jones said by e-mail today,
Jones added, "As an American, it's my duty to defy censors."