The literary world is being taken by storm by Edward Snowden whose new book, \u201cPermanent Record,\u201d is titillating readers with stories of how the U.S. government is routinely invading the privacy of people around the world. As the global super power once again attempts to silence the world\u2019s most public whistleblower, he\u2019s responded in an embrace of Bitcoin. While the U.S. can\u2019t stop the publication of Snowden\u2019s book, or censor it in ways it would like to, it has figured out an ingenious way to take revenge on his latest attempt to shed light in the darkness. On September 17, the U.S. filed a lawsuit against the man and his publishing partners, hoping to seize all proceeds from its sale. They did so on the grounds that by not submitting the memoir to either of the CIA or NSA, Snowden\u2019s former employers, he breached his contractual fiduciary obligations and should not profit from the contents within. \u201cWe will not permit individuals to enrich themselves, at the expense of the United States, without complying with their pre-publication review obligations,\u201d said Jody Hunt, Assistant Attorney General of the Department of Justice\u2019s Civil Division, in an accompanying press release. Snowden, who has only sparingly mentioned cryptocurrency in the past, took the new lawsuit as an opportunity to pump Bitcoin as a method to get around these new U.S. sanctions. https:\/\/twitter.com\/Snowden\/status\/1174090027648868353 Before you hurt yourself patting Snowden on the back for this thoughtful evasion of the government, his history of discussing digital currency is not too different than his thoughts on U.S. surveillance. Much as he thinks his previous work as the CIA and NSA was an invasion of citizen\u2019s privacy, he\u2019s previously said that, while he\u2019s used Bitcoin in the past, he dislikes it\u2019s public and immutable ledger, as it provides yet another way for the government to track citizens. Preferring privacy and perhaps anonymity, he\u2019s shown a preference for Monero and ZCash, two privacy coins. His suggestion that this whole ordeal is good for Bitcoin is just in that the government can\u2019t regulate digital currency transactions at the moment, and his offramps in Russia are likely to be more lenient than in countries where cryptos are more strictly regulated. It\u2019s unlikely he\u2019s changed his thoughts regarding public blockchains otherwise.