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Holder: Leaks damaged U.S. security

Holder: Leaks damaged U.S. security
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POSTED: Friday, June 14, 2013 - 8:57am

UPDATED: Saturday, June 15, 2013 - 5:15pm

Angela Merkel wants to talk about PRISM program with Obama

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."

The leaks have spurred great concern in Europe. EU officials in Dublin raised questions and German Chancellor Angela Merkel told CNN in an interview that European officials are particularly concerned about the PRISM program -- the secret set of tools used to collect data about overseas Internet communications. The NSA and FBI have obtained massive numbers of U.S. phone logs through a court order.

Merkel intends to discuss the PRISM surveillance program with President Obama, she told CNN in Berlin on Friday. She wants the greatest possible transparency on all these issues, she said.

The European Union has "serious concerns" about the reported large-scale surveillance of online data by United States authorities, European Commission Vice President Viviane Reding said.

Snowden went public about NSA surveillance programs Sunday in an interview with the British newspaper The Guardian. As an employee of Booz Allen Hamilton, a contractor for the U.S. electronic intelligence agency, he had been working at an NSA facility in Hawaii and had worked for the CIA in the past. Snowden was last heard from during interviews he conducted from a hotel room in Hong Kong, but his whereabouts are now unclear. He no longer works for the contractor.

CNN's Joe Sterling, Bridget Fallon, and Richard Quest contributed to this report

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More like the rights and well being of US citizens has been severely compromised by the obummer administration, while foreigners, illegals, system players, welfare rats, perverts and big business are making out like bandits.

European Union is concerned? I'll bet the EU wants to know if Prism can record all their governments metadata also. Obama's "Trust me" is mocked by all the scandals he has surrounding his administration and trust is fading fast even with his base.

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