Holder on Snowden

Image: The Guardian
Image: The Guardian

So it seems former Attorney General Eric Holder let slip a truth about Ed Snowden.

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 ... Now, I would say that doing what he did – and the way he did it – was inappropriate and illegal.

[emphasis added]

"Illegal" is pretty straightforward.  I doubt even Snowden himself disputes it.  "Inappropriate" is more up for debate.  If you read this article about the miserable nonexistent record of practical benefit to whistle-blowers from whistle-blower protection statutes, it might make a little more sense to you why Snowden handled the information the way he did.

This article was updated on May 9, 2023

David F