Eric Holder: Snowden performed a 'public service'
May 30, 2016
Former NSA contractor Edward Snowden performed a public service when he leaked classified information and launched a public debate about government surveillance techniques, former Attorney General Eric Holder said in a recent interview.
But that doesn’t mean Holder thinks Snowden should get away with it.
In an appearance on former Obama campaign strategist David Axelrod’s podcast, Holder said Snowden’s 2013 leaks “harmed American interests” but that the light he shone on controversial government practices could mitigate some of the damage done.