Holder On AP Phone Records: ‘This Was A Very Serious Leak’

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May 14, 2013 9:59 a.m.

Attorney General Eric Holder on Tuesday described the leak that prompted the Department of Justice to seize phone records from the Associated Press as one of the most serious he’s seen in his career.

“This was a very serious leak and a very, very serious leak,” Holder said. “I’ve been a prosecutor since 1976 and I have to say that this is among, if not the most serious, it is within the top two or three most serious leaks I’ve ever seen. It put the American people at risk. That’s not hyperbole. It put the American people at risk.”

The DOJ is investigating the disclosure of classified information related to a CIA operation in Yemen to stop a bomb plot that was detailed in a May 2012 story by the AP. 

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