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

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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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