Macmillan announced that it will publish a memoir, Permanent Record, by former CIA agent and whistleblower Edward Snowden globally on September 17.

Permanent Record will be published by Metropolitan Books, an imprint of Henry Holt, in the U.S.; by Pan Macmillan in the U.K.; and by S. Fischer Verlag in Germany. It was edited under the leadership of Sara Bershtel, senior v-p and publisher of Metropolitan Books.

To date, Permanent Record is being published in more than 20 countries. World rights for the book are being sold by Devon Mazzone, director, subsidiary rights for FSG, Holt, and Metropolitan Books.

According to the publisher, Permanent Record will tell Snowden's story for the first time, including the "crisis of conscience" that led him to leak highly classified information on U.S. government's secret efforts to collect every phone call, text message, and email ever sent as part of a mass surveillance system.

John Sargent, CEO of Macmillan, said in a statement that the publisher is "enormously proud" to publish the book by Snowden. "Like him or not, his is an incredible American story," Sargent said. "There is no doubt that the world is a better and more private place for his actions."