Holder: Leaks damaged U.S. security
U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder addresses a Senate panel last week.
June 14th, 2013
10:13 AM ET

Holder: Leaks damaged U.S. security

Attorney General Eric Holder called the leaks about U.S. surveillance programs "extremely damaging" and vowed justice for whomever disseminated the information.

Appearing at a U.S.-European Union ministerial meeting Friday in Dublin, 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.

Holder didn't mention Snowden's name and said the case remains under investigation. Snowden provided documents to journalists revealing the existence of secret programs to collect records of domestic telephone calls in the United States and the Internet activity of overseas residents.

"The national security of the United States has been damaged as a result those leaks. The safety of the American people and the safety of people who reside in allied nations have been put at risk as a result of these leaks," Holder said. "We are presently in the process of that investigation, and I'm confident the person who is responsible will be held accountable."


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  1. t_raver_girl

    I really don't think that U.S. security has been compromised at all. I personally believe that the government should have been open and honest with us about this type of surveillance occurring in the first place then there wouldn't be a need for these whistle-blowers. I am glad that Snowden spoke up and I don't think that he should be prosecuted. I also do not believe that the information about these tactics becoming public will at all deter criminals from using electronic communications to covey their plans to commit crimes. The fact remains that criminals will still be scheming from multiple locations across the world so the government will still be able to locate and monitor those communications. I don't really like the fact that "Big Brother" is monitoring everything that I communicate electronically but on the other hand, if it keeps us all safer, then more power to them because I have nothing to hide......

    June 17, 2013 at 12:24 pm | Report abuse |
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      October 14, 2013 at 4:57 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Natrldiver

    Eric Holder says so much yet means so little. He has been a security risk from the first day he took office. Yes, I agree that the NSA leaks are damaging but his words mean nothing. He never had control and continues to blow smoke to hide his failures. Why does Obama keep him in the first place? I would have fired him after the Fast and Furious debacle. He might as well passed the enemies the keys to the country because he knows nothing about security.

    July 3, 2013 at 4:41 pm | Report abuse |
    • whowatchesthewatchers?

      Why does he keep him in place? Because he rewards those that lie for him.

      July 3, 2013 at 6:33 pm | Report abuse |
    • martialartfailures

      You are right. Something isnt right. This guy has not done or said anything that made anyone feel proud or safe to be an America. If it wasnt for Obama having so many whites in his cabinit, id almost sware it was a racial thing. We need a Norman Schwartzkoff type guy or at least someone with serious espionage,military and special ops background. So then, if he is just the frontman, who is the real man? For all we know, it couyld be a race-card play, pressure from the Al Sharptons of the world saying 'You left us out." I dont care what color guy they put in, as long as he can keep the public informed on something....anything!!!!!!

      September 5, 2013 at 12:11 am | Report abuse |
    • nineteen50

      When every leak is terribly damaging you have to wonder if any really are.

      December 9, 2013 at 3:32 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Chuck

    Should read– "Damn, we would have gotten away with it too if it weren't for that stupid kid...Snowden."

    July 3, 2013 at 4:47 pm | Report abuse |
  4. vinster76

    anything that comes out of Holder's mouth is instantly deemed uncredible.........

    July 3, 2013 at 5:22 pm | Report abuse |
  5. cav66

    Does anyone still care what this guy has to say about anything? Snowden leaking NSA secrets to the world is a security problem. Agreed. Eric Holder still being the attorney general is a more pressing national security concern. It is pretty comical to hear this guy "vowing justice" for anything. Kind of like his boss, it is disappointment, followed by scandal, necessitating a cover-up, all wrapped in abuse of power in a repeating cycle.

    July 3, 2013 at 8:14 pm | Report abuse |
  6. craig

    Who vows justice against the crimes of Eric Holder. Funny how the criminal vows justice against a guy telling the truth. So far as security and the respect this nation has around the world, Bush rather ruined that with the good ole war in the name of WMD that didn't exist. Wake up America if you have any guts left whatsoever.

    July 3, 2013 at 8:32 pm | Report abuse |
    • Rebecca

      Eric Holder, the dishonest man who has to get rid of the honest man.... ooopsss..... I meant the "transparent man" must be imprisoned for honesty.

      August 24, 2013 at 2:34 am | Report abuse |
  7. Rebecca

    Holder has kept Deferred Prosecution Agreements in effect, continuing the Bushbaby's get out of jail free cards for corporate executives. Holder is sponsoring the biggest crime wave in the history of the planet... and he thinks Snowden is hurting the United States' security? Imagine that.

    August 24, 2013 at 2:29 am | Report abuse |
  8. Grouch

    Holder damages US security by only enforcing laws of his choosing. Impeach him!

    August 29, 2013 at 5:55 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Matt

    Simple response to your concern Holder, DON'T DO IT IF YOU DON'T LIKE THE BACKLACK OF INVADING PRIVACY, yah dick head.

    October 23, 2013 at 10:39 am | Report abuse |
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