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. saywhat

    Good morning@bambi
    The NSA surveillance poses serious questions for this nation, the issue cannot be swept under the rug by statements like these.

    June 14, 2013 at 10:50 am | Report abuse |
  2. saywhat

    response blocked

    June 14, 2013 at 10:51 am | Report abuse |
  3. saywhat

    And i thought that with the resumption of updating CNN would also shy away from blocking bloggers.

    June 14, 2013 at 10:52 am | Report abuse |
  4. BOMBO

    Let's put Prism in perspective.

    From what we've been told so far (and I realize it's not the whole story) NSA agents are NOT sifting through Facebook reading Aunt Mary's apple pie recipe or how sad you are that your GF dumped you. There aren't enough agents and they don't have time. A COMPUTER is going through the millions of entries and determining "background noise". The computer then flags anything above background noise for review by live agents, as a possible threat. Also, they are only screening what is in public domain, NOT private email and text.

    June 14, 2013 at 11:55 am | Report abuse |
  5. BOMBO

    Blocked. We'll see if it appears later today.

    In short, if you want to have a PRIVATE conversation, don't use social media.

    June 14, 2013 at 11:56 am | Report abuse |
  6. Jeff Frank (R-Ohio) "Right Wing Insanity"

    For seven long years...no, not Bush, don't even go there. The last seven years Americans that have no clue what what terrorism is, are violated by our countries own spy tactics. And now. After the fact, they want to arrest the man that brought this to our attention? The man isn't even allowed to defend himself. Real freedom huh? But yet this is the same country that will allow a mad man to break in to a theater and kill helpless movie goers, and allow him to live at the taxpayers expense, then take away a citizens right to defend themselves from idiots like this. Who don't get it? Tell me.

    June 14, 2013 at 12:08 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mercedes

      To find the answers to the current administration's doings, one has to look at the previous administration's authoring. To deny that is to have one's head in the sand. If one wants to stop future administrations from using what the past administrations authored, one has to get rid of what that administration passed in the first place. Even if it was authored by the beloved (R).

      June 14, 2013 at 12:55 pm | Report abuse |
    • banasy©

      There is some legislation that has, indeed, curtailed some of our privacy; it was wrong when it was first passed and it is wrong now.

      June 14, 2013 at 1:02 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jeff Frank (R-Ohio) "Right Wing Insanity"

      Thank you Mercedes. In respect to authoring you are right..and I will give you that. I was referring more to budget allocations. This administration has poured an obscene amount of money into this program, expanding it, as a "black project", totally behind the publics back (Verizon customers).

      June 14, 2013 at 1:10 pm | Report abuse |
    • banasy©

      Can budget allocations be dispensed without Congress's approval? I always thought no money can be spent without it.

      June 14, 2013 at 2:33 pm | Report abuse |
    • banasy©

      Doesn't Congress approve all expenditures?

      June 14, 2013 at 2:35 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jeff Frank (R-Ohio) "Right Wing Insanity"

      When someone else has stewardship (not ownership), of property belonging to you, you don't agree then that property generally gets destroyed? You then agree a non truistic person (someone that's not a good samaritan) can be trusted with what's yours simply on the basis they're paid a lot of money to do so?

      June 14, 2013 at 5:17 pm | Report abuse |
    • banasy©

      But doesn't Congress approve all expenditures?

      June 14, 2013 at 5:52 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Jeff Frank (R-Ohio) "Right Wing Insanity"


    June 14, 2013 at 12:08 pm | Report abuse |
  8. bobcat (in a hat)©

    One day three fishermen were out in a boat in the Gulf of Mexico. They had not caught a thing all day when suddenly, one of the fishermen's poles started jerking. He grabbed it and started reeling in his line and shouting,"I got something! I got something!" He had caught a nice fish, about ten inches long. The fishermen were about to revel in his accomplishment when the fish shook the hook out of his mouth and transformed into a being, half man and half fish, sporting a crown and holding a trident."Who are you?" said the frightened fisherman who had caught him."I AM NEPTUNE, GOD OF THE SEA, AND I AM GOING TO PUT A CURSE ON YOU LOWLY MORTALS! BEFORE YOU LEAVE HERE TODAY YOUR BOAT WILL SPRING A DOZEN LEAKS! ...NO, MAKE THAT A DOZEN AND A HALF!" And with that, he dove back into the waters. As soon as he was gone, the fishermen's boat had sprung so many leaks they were forced to swim to shore.To this day, they never forgot Neptune's eighteen-hole Gulf curse.

    June 14, 2013 at 12:11 pm | Report abuse |
  9. bobcat (in a hat)©

    Two men contracted to paint a small community church. Being very frugal(cheap), they pinched and scraped to spend the absolute minimum onmaterials. Then, when they were only partway through the job, theydetermined that they did not, after all, have enough paint to complete thejob. Not wishing to spend any more money if they didn't absolutely have to,they decided they would just dilute the water-based paint they were using sothat it would last longer. They did this a couple more times before theyfinished, which caused striping on the church as the paint got lighter eachtime it was thinned. The painters had just about gotten to the top of thesteeple, when, all of a sudden, the sky darkened, and the rain started topour down. As the paint streamed down the sides of the church, a voiceboomed from the heavens: "Repaint, you thinners! Repaint, and thin no more!"

    June 14, 2013 at 12:16 pm | Report abuse |
  10. BLWasabi

    "They who can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety, deserve neither liberty nor safety."
    -Ben Franklin

    June 14, 2013 at 12:31 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Jeff Frank (R-Ohio) "Right Wing Insanity"

    Name one politician in any administration, that sacrificed thier personal money solely to fight crime and terrorism? Name one?

    June 14, 2013 at 1:14 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jeff Frank (R-Ohio) "Right Wing Insanity"

      No. Not Bruce Wayne.

      June 14, 2013 at 1:16 pm | Report abuse |
    • banasy©

      Bruce Wayne, excellent!
      Why would any politician be so altruistic, when it has our tax dollars to play with, Jeff?

      June 14, 2013 at 2:38 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jeff Frank (R-Ohio) "Right Wing Insanity"

      I meant this response to go here banasy dear.
      When someone else has stewardship (not ownership), of property belonging to you, you don't agree then that property generally gets destroyed? You then agree a non truistic person (someone that's not a good samaritan) can be trusted with what's yours simply on the basis they're paid a lot of money to do so?

      June 14, 2013 at 5:20 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Charles

    Like we are supposed to believe anything that come out of With-Holder's mouth duh

    June 14, 2013 at 2:19 pm | Report abuse |
    • Kitty Cat

      Took the words right out of my mouth Charles. "This administration has lost all credibility." This come from the New York Times, a two time supporter of Obama.

      June 14, 2013 at 2:49 pm | Report abuse |
  13. justeye

    What holder ment was leaks are a danger to his security. I mean, how else would we find out he was running firearms to mexico?

    June 14, 2013 at 2:49 pm | Report abuse |
  14. dazzle ©

    He says "person held accountable" just like Fast and Furious Mr. Holder?

    June 14, 2013 at 3:55 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jeff Frank (R-Ohio) "Right Wing Insanity"

      Having said that Dazzle, every time you sign a petition to make these officials accountable for thier action, somebody changes the minimum number of signitures required to make it a required response. Why do yiu think they do this???

      June 14, 2013 at 5:35 pm | Report abuse |
    • banasy©

      Could somebody tell me when the "Fast and Furious" program started?

      June 14, 2013 at 5:50 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Joey Isotta-Fraschini ©™

    Holder said it very well. The USA's citizens have slipped enormously in patriotism and common sense since the days of posters' reminding us that loose lips sink ships.

    June 14, 2013 at 6:10 pm | Report abuse |
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