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. chrissy

    Lmao seriously @ Hamsta? You're right she mighta been smart but had no common sense! Now THAT was funny thanks. Lol

    June 15, 2013 at 7:08 pm | Report abuse |
  2. chrissy

    Ya know @ Hamsta, i might agree with you more but your approach to re~laying your message gets on my nerves! Do you understand what i mean? Calling ppl names because they dont believe the way you do is not an endearing quality ya know!

    June 15, 2013 at 7:21 pm | Report abuse |
  3. chrissy

    And im relatively certain that all things wrong in our part of the universe are not all the fault of ONE man, no matter how much you dislike him! Its been going wrong for a very, very long time!

    June 15, 2013 at 7:24 pm | Report abuse |
    • Pete

      @chrissy,its funny when the shoe was on the other foot for 8 agonizing years and did we cry when it was evident it was Bushs,republicans fault,hell no..We just waited because we knew no republican how great in their eyes could fill that imbeciles shoes from Texas that's all!!Hamstas just mad he voted not once but twice for that ignoramous and he knew he helped in driving us ,our economy into that ditch and how Pres.Obama against all republicans railing against him is still getting the job done,slow and deliberate the way an intelligent,determined president should be.Take note Hamsta because Bush never acted this way just incompetent that's all!!

      June 17, 2013 at 9:40 am | Report abuse |
  4. WOT

    What is the difference between leaks and lies--May Be's!

    June 15, 2013 at 8:02 pm | Report abuse |
  5. chrissy

    The difference between a leak and a lie @ WOT is a lie is a false statement to present false information with the intent of decieving. And a leak is a way for the truth to escape, usually by a fault or mistake!

    June 15, 2013 at 8:37 pm | Report abuse |
  6. chrissy

    Does it give you a warm fuzzy feeling knowing the people we have elected haue decieved you? Doesnt me, no matter what reasoning they use!

    June 15, 2013 at 8:41 pm | Report abuse |
  7. flamespeak

    "I am appaled that people would let the American people know that we have been going over their non-public records without a warrant. Don't they know how bad it is to just steal information like that. You know, just like how we were doing?" – Eric Holder

    June 16, 2013 at 5:39 am | Report abuse |
  8. Rascal Rabble

    really! also disconcerting that some senators are okay with this: that policy and rogue agencies can routinely violate the rights of its citizens...

    June 16, 2013 at 10:09 am | Report abuse |
    • Rascal Rabble

      there is no limit on civil disobedience when it comes to disregarding the cons itution...our fore fathers have stated such very clearly so that it's citizen can and would do what is ever necessary to defend its integrity...including violating the law and bearing arms against so as to defend the const ution because on their mindset the republic of america aka united states no longer exists lacking a functioning cons itution...

      June 16, 2013 at 10:32 am | Report abuse |
    • Rascal Rabble

      to redefine whistleblowing to include everything EXCEPT informing the public is ludicrous...and goverment sanctioned CENSORING and violation of freedom of speech...since when truth is a crime...snowden simply stated that every citizen of america is considered a potential enemy of the state...i would like to know what state that is...for USA trully are a system of a REPUBLIC run by its PEOPLE!

      June 16, 2013 at 10:41 am | Report abuse |
    • Rascal Rabble

      ...those senators have an iden ity crisis and should be impeached for they office are malfunctioning when it comes to upholding our const itution and to watch one senator redefine the definition of whistleblowing to deflect scrutiny of NSA and Homeland actions and continue to call snowden a terrorist...just arrogant. congress need to defund and shutdown...

      June 16, 2013 at 11:01 am | Report abuse |
    • Rascal Rabble

      ....another washington constructed slippery slope policies..can't believe history is repeating itself...hoover days are back! it has been repackaged and thrown in the face of the american people! snowden is a hero...he invoked the civil disobedience clause...he is defending our
      cons itution...and his action according to our forefathers are legal and within the law....

      June 16, 2013 at 11:06 am | Report abuse |
    • Rascal Rabble

      you can secure data and info from corporate america to spy on the american people...so REALLY medical records aren't private...wallstreet activity REALLY not private...even buying a hamburger at mickieDee's not private...alottah killing and stealing and persecution can go on with that kinner info...

      June 16, 2013 at 11:28 am | Report abuse |
    • banasy©

      Yes, and all legal under Patriot, FISA, et cetera...and all done in the name of "security". Even these posts here are not sacrosanct.
      Look up STELLARWIND.
      Feel more secure?

      June 16, 2013 at 12:25 pm | Report abuse |
    • Rascal Rabble

      @bani this isn't the only illicit law on the books...if it contradicts stands against the const itution and violate the rights of the citizens, the people do not have to comply with it...snowden is a hero...you and other like you that holler "ITSAH LAW!" is a form of public intimidation to subdue masses...the boy said screwyoo and did the right thing! You can't denied...you call snowden, an american citizen, unilaterally and arbitrarilly a terrorist to the public and media, so you won't have to parade
      him before a jury of his peers, denied due process...at this point i hope you do find him...so every american can see whatcha gonna do and how far would you go with these cons itutional violations? where does snowden goes banasy...this american citizen? gitmo?

      June 16, 2013 at 4:04 pm | Report abuse |
    • banasy©

      Do, please, point out where I have said that I didn't agree with you.
      I merely pointed out the truth.

      June 16, 2013 at 4:45 pm | Report abuse |
    • banasy©

      "You can’t denied…you call snowden, an american citizen, unilaterally and arbitrarilly a terrorist to the public and media, so you won’t have to parade
      him before a jury of his peers, denied due process…at this point i hope you do find him…"
      And please do point out where I have ever said word one about Snowden. I did nothing of the sort. Please refrain from lying to make a point.

      June 16, 2013 at 4:49 pm | Report abuse |
  9. saywhat

    blocked as expected.

    June 16, 2013 at 11:19 am | Report abuse |
  10. saywhat

    Booz Allen is part of Calyle Group. And then Gwenie the corp owned by Rupert Murdoch & Dick Cheney has also been mentioned.

    June 16, 2013 at 11:21 am | Report abuse |
  11. saywhat

    Remember folks Genie was also linked to Israeli designs in Syria with Israel granting them drilling rights in the Syrian territory of Golan.

    June 16, 2013 at 11:22 am | Report abuse |
  12. saywhat


    June 16, 2013 at 11:25 am | Report abuse |
  13. banasy©

    What I find going on is we, the people, can't express outrage at government surveillance of electronic communications, while also expressing outrage if the government doesn't stop every bomber ( i.e. Tsarnaevs) before they strike. The question, obviously not resolved, and probably never will be, is: what level of government surveillance and what level of safety do we want?

    I'd like to think we can have safety AND privacy...

    June 16, 2013 at 12:30 pm | Report abuse |
    • banasy©

      Which is why I ended my post with "I would like to think we can have safety AND privacy."

      June 16, 2013 at 4:54 pm | Report abuse |
  14. banasy©

    "you and other like you that holler “ITSAH LAW!” is a form of public intimidation to subdue masses"
    This is another outright lie about me, RR; pointing out laws that the elected officials enacted does not mean I tacitly approve of them.
    And I’m still waiting to hear a valid reason not to take every person one meets as an individual instead of as a representative of a group.
    Generalizations are generally wrong.

    June 16, 2013 at 5:03 pm | Report abuse |
  15. chrissy

    Yes @ Rascal, Edward Snowden is a hero! And there should be more like him making the citizens of the US of A aware of all the underhanded crap these people that we voted in to represent US are really doing!

    June 16, 2013 at 8:48 pm | Report abuse |
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