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Eric Holder, who really wanted to put Edward Snowden in jail, now says he performed a 'public service' | The Verge

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"Edward Snowden performed a 'public service' by prompting changes to the US government's mass surveillance programs, says former US Attorney General Eric Holder.

Holder still thinks that Snowden's decision to leak classified documents was 'inappropriate and illegal,' but — now one year out of office — Holder's view of Snowden seems to have shifted in a substantial way. 'We can certainly argue about the way in which Snowden did what he did, but I think that he actually performed a public service by raising the debate that we engaged in and by the changes that we made,' Holder said on the CNN-produced podcast The Axe Files.

The argument that what Snowden did is both inappropriate and a public service is a bit hard to reconcile, but it's a big leap for Holder, who as attorney general maintained that Snowden would have to plead guilty if he so much as wanted to talk with US authorities."

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