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Snowden's Case Is Up To The Courts, Obama Says

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"I will leave it up to the courts and the attorney general to weigh in publicly on the specifics of Mr. Snowden's case," Obama told reporters.

The President acknowledged that Snowden's leaks prompted an important debate about government surveillance, but argued those disclosures unnecessarily damaged the intelligence community as well.

"The way in which these disclosures happened have been damaging to the United States and have been damaging to our intelligence capabilities," Obama said. "I think there was a way for us to have this conversation without that damage."