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Holder: U.S. Would 'Engage' Snowden's Lawyers But Clemency Goes 'Too Far'


But the idea of granting Snowden clemency "where we say no harm, no foul," the attorney general said, goes "too far."

Asked whether he considers Snowden a whistleblower, Holder said "I prefer the term defendant. That's the most apt title."

He made the comments in an interview with MSNBC's Ari Melber scheduled to air Thursday afternoon.

A spokesman for Holder clarified Wednesday afternoon that Snowden accepting responsibility would entail pleading guilty.

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