(Washington, DC) -- White House spokesman Jay Carney is stepping around specific questions about NSA leaker Edward Snowden. Snowden, a private contractor working with the NSA, blew the whistle on a secret surveillance program that monitored phone and Internet traffic. Carney noted that the case is being investigated. Speaking broadly, Carney cited a need to strike a balance between national security and privacy rights.
Carney also called it an "absolutely appropriate subject for debate." He argued that certain programs are classified to keep terrorists from crafting a roadmap or a playbook for future attacks. He also insisted that there has been substantial communication with members of Congress about classified NSA programs.