A private US citizen is suing the makers of an Oscar-tipped documentary about the NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden for allegedly “profiteering” from the “theft and misuse” of thousands of leaked government documents.
Retired naval officer Horace Edwards says he is taking legal action “on behalf of the American public” against the producers of Citizenfour, director Laura Poitras and the Weinstein Company.Citizenfour producers sued 'on behalf of American public' for aiding Snowden | Film | The GuardianAccording to the suit, which was filed by Edwards at the Kansas federal court, the plaintiff hopes to hold producers responsible for “obligations owed to the American people” and “misuse [of] purloined information disclosed to foreign enemies”. The suit further reads: “This lawsuit seeks relief against those who profiteer by pretending to be journalists and whistleblowers but in effect are evading the law and betraying their country.”
I'm not especially of the lawyerly persuasion, though it seems like one of the first commenters, Macktan894, may have been:
So does Horace have grounds to sue?He should sue his own lawyer first for profiteering off of his client's stupidity and malpractice. The lawyer had an obligation to explain the concept of standing to his client.