Wednesday, June 1, 2016

Holder Claims Snowden Performed A Public Service

Eric Holder, a former U.S. Attorney General, suggested that Edward Snowden's revelations of inappropriate and illegal programs government surveillance programs was a public service. He suggested the Snowden's leaked documents triggered a national debate and changes about privacy in the United States.

The timing of these comments remains a mystery. Snowden is hiding abroad because he knows that regardless of fresh national debate leniency or cutting a deal is likely not an option. This may change over time.

Headline: Holder: Edward Snowden performed 'public service'

Fugitive former National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden damaged U.S. interests but also performed a public service when he leaked national security documents in 2013, former U.S. attorney general Eric Holder said Monday.

Holder, in The Axe File podcast hosted by Democratic political operative David Axelrod and distributed by CNN, said Snowden's exposure of global surveillance programs, some operated by the NSA, was "inappropriate and illegal." Holder said some agents were put in jeopardy and relationships with other nations were strained.



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