Holder: Leaks damaged U.S. security
June 14th, 2013
09:34 AM ET
10 months ago

Holder: Leaks damaged U.S. security

(CNN) - Attorney General Eric Holder called the leaks about U.S. surveillance programs "extremely damaging" and vowed justice for whoever disseminated the information.

Appearing at a U.S.-European Union ministerial meeting Friday in Dublin, Ireland, Holder was asked by a reporter why the United States hasn't requested the arrest of Edward Snowden, the self-avowed National Security Agency leaker.

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  1. Dutch/Bad Newz, VA -aka- Take Back The House -aka- No Redemption Votes

    Holder was asked by a reporter why the United States hasn't requested the arrest of Edward Snowden
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    Can American Citizens who defect & leak classified information to whomever be killed in a drone attack? In this circumstance, I say yes you can!

    June 14, 2013 09:38 am at 9:38 am |
  2. don't be afraid CNN

    The NSA surveillance poses serious questions for this nation, it cannot just be swept under the rug by statements like these.

    June 14, 2013 09:40 am at 9:40 am |
  3. Babyboomer

    Unfortunately, I think this is the new world we live in. There will always be leaks, phone and internet taps, etc. from here on out.

    June 14, 2013 09:53 am at 9:53 am |
  4. Data Driven

    Care to elaborate, Mr. Holder? Even in a general way, without getting into classified or sensitive specifics? Because "damaged national security" is reeeeally insufficient, dude.

    June 14, 2013 10:01 am at 10:01 am |
  5. saywhat

    Sure@Dutch/Bad News
    That would be the new norm. Countries droning their citizens defecting & asylum seekers everywhere. Great thought.

    June 14, 2013 10:06 am at 10:06 am |
  6. ge

    i guess americans will not have to run around the planet,fighting for our peoples freedom any more .america has become the new soviet union .

    June 14, 2013 10:12 am at 10:12 am |
  7. just sayin

    but all of the leaks that the obama administration had concerning the bin laden raid were not a problem and never pursued because those made them look good.

    massive wholesale spying on the american people cannot be trusted to the government. if they are saying we need to be a police state in order to be protected then i say no thanks, i'll take my chances with the terrorists. i'll suffer through the brief attacks by the terrorists as it is far better than the 7x24x365 police state we are becoming.

    and to all the people that want 100% safety guaranteed 100% of the time, i suggest you move to north korea and enjoy your safety.

    June 14, 2013 10:13 am at 10:13 am |
  8. Sniffit

    "The NSA surveillance poses serious questions for this nation, it cannot just be swept under the rug by statements like these."

    If you want to have a debate about it, that's good, but that has to include discussion of whether leaks like these damage national security. You can't just dismiss any arguments that these leaks damage national security out of hand, as if making that argument is nothing more than an attempt to sweep everything under the rug. The debate, at core, is about balancing our interests in national security and the secrecy that sometimes requires versus our interests in having transparency in the activities in which our gov't is engaged on our behalf. Whether leaks like these damage our interests in national security is a central question in attempting to strike that balance. This isn't about black and white and our rights to know everything about the gov't's actions are not an absolute and have never been found as such by the SCOTUS...nor is the gov't's power to keep things secret in the name of national security an automatic trump card...starting from the belief in either of those absolutes won't lead to a productive debate.

    June 14, 2013 10:17 am at 10:17 am |
  9. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    @ Dutch
    I'm of the same mind Dutch.
    Once you betray your country, and compromise it's national security thereby putting MILLIONS of Americans at risk, I have no problem whatsoever with you being droned. You are no longer an American, you're pitching for the other side.

    June 14, 2013 10:17 am at 10:17 am |
  10. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    @ Data Driven
    He may have elaborated Data but in typical fashion you only get the outline of the story here on CNN.
    I go elsewhere for in-depth journalism.
    I'd recommend you do likewise my friend.

    June 14, 2013 10:20 am at 10:20 am |
  11. Sniffit

    "Care to elaborate, Mr. Holder?"

    Just because CNN chose to quote only a couple sentences doesn't mean that was the whole extent of the person's statements.

    June 14, 2013 10:20 am at 10:20 am |
  12. lottie

    why go to china to hide out and why copy documents ? Americans give more info to their credit card providers. Get real this guy is not koshar

    June 14, 2013 10:26 am at 10:26 am |
  13. Guy

    I do not believe anything that Eric Holder says. He has zero credibility.

    June 14, 2013 10:26 am at 10:26 am |
  14. saywhat

    Undoubtedly this issue needs to be debated publicly for it would define where we want to go and whether we want & and keep America as we have known it as our Founding Fathers envisioned.
    Those who advocate drones as a solution. Since we & UK are the countries harboring more defectors & dissidents from other places, perhaps we would not shoot down drones come hunting for them, one day?

    June 14, 2013 10:27 am at 10:27 am |
  15. Steveo

    I chuckle at those advocating a droning of Snowden. Let's just toss out all rule of law while we are at it.
    btw, the droning an American citizen while in China? Nice!

    June 14, 2013 10:31 am at 10:31 am |
  16. Canuck

    Obama promised hope and change instead we got 'tell the people one thing and then do the exact opposite'.

    June 14, 2013 10:31 am at 10:31 am |
  17. Dutch/Bad Newz, VA -aka- Take Back The House -aka- No Redemption Votes

    saywhat
    Sure@Dutch/Bad News
    That would be the new norm. Countries droning their citizens defecting & asylum seekers everywhere. Great thought.
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    TREASON is an act punishable by DEATH!

    June 14, 2013 10:35 am at 10:35 am |
  18. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    Guy

    I do not believe anything that Eric Holder says. He has zero credibility.
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    And we don't believe anything you have to say Guy, thus cosmic balance is once again achieved on this thread.

    June 14, 2013 10:36 am at 10:36 am |
  19. just sayin

    Dutch/Bad Newz, VA -aka- Take Back The House -aka- No Redemption Votes
    saywhat
    Sure@Dutch/Bad News
    That would be the new norm. Countries droning their citizens defecting & asylum seekers everywhere. Great thought.
    ---------------––
    TREASON is an act punishable by DEATH!
    ----–

    then start with finding out who leaked all the intel on the bin laden raid, arrest them, try them for treason and then execute them. until then, your writings are pure drivel.

    June 14, 2013 10:45 am at 10:45 am |
  20. Data Driven

    @Dominican Mama, @Sniffit,

    Points well taken. I must've forgot where I was.

    June 14, 2013 10:46 am at 10:46 am |
  21. Steveo

    @Dutch/Bad Newz, VA -aka- Take Back The House -aka- No Redemption Votes
    TREASON is an act punishable by DEATH!
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    Yes, but only AFTER a trial

    June 14, 2013 10:52 am at 10:52 am |
  22. Canuck

    Attorney General Eric Holder called the leaks about U.S. surveillance programs "extremely damaging" .

    I would suggest that politicians who exceed their powers, deceive their people and ignore their country's constitution are more damaging. Holder is full of it.

    June 14, 2013 10:53 am at 10:53 am |
  23. Caumont

    You think?? All we have learned from all this is the further incompetence of Holder and Obama. What is even more laughable is the naivety of Obama prior to becoming President. The duplicity of his stances and the lack of transparency on all these scandals from the IRS to national security. All I can say is thank God he has continued his predecessors stance on national security but his continued expansion borders on abuse but far be it from the compliant and lapdog press to call him on it. Obama is even more petty and egregious than originally expected on a host of issues.

    June 14, 2013 10:57 am at 10:57 am |
  24. Malory Archer

    just sayin

    but all of the leaks that the obama administration had concerning the bin laden raid were not a problem and never pursued because those made them look good.

    massive wholesale spying on the american people cannot be trusted to the government. if they are saying we need to be a police state in order to be protected then i say no thanks, i'll take my chances with the terrorists. i'll suffer through the brief attacks by the terrorists as it is far better than the 7x24x365 police state we are becoming.

    and to all the people that want 100% safety guaranteed 100% of the time, i suggest you move to north korea and enjoy your safety.

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    Your vociferous defense of domestic spying during the previous occupant of 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue's 8-year reign of error and your freaking out over it now is another glaring example of the hypocrites you and your ilk are. I thought domestic spying was a problem during the previous occupant of 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue's 8-year reign of error, and I think it's a problem now. Only difference is now nobody's calling detractors every name in the book, accusing us of treason, suggesting that the government should use violence against "libruls" to teach us a lesson, or suggesting that I should leave the country or be rounded up and sent to GITMO if I don't like it. Yeah, things are sooooo much worse now. Ironically, now your hypocritical self is telling us to leave if we don’t mind being spied upon. Yeah, your hypocrisy and partisan hackery are so thick you couldn’t even cut through them with a Ginsu knife.

    June 14, 2013 10:58 am at 10:58 am |
  25. Dutch/Bad Newz, VA -aka- Take Back The House -aka- No Redemption Votes

    Steveo
    @Dutch/Bad Newz, VA -aka- Take Back The House -aka- No Redemption Votes
    TREASON is an act punishable by DEATH!
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    Yes, but only AFTER a trial
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    But of course SteveO! I'd prefer to capture the douchebag and bring him back to the U.S. to stand trial.

    June 14, 2013 10:59 am at 10:59 am |
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