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Gore at Southland: Snowden Revealed Far Bigger Violations Than The One He Committed

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One of the most often-asked -- and polled -- questions in the whole debate about NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden is about his status. Is he a traitor or a hero? In the era of mass surveillance, it is the kind of query that may end up being one of those epochal Rorschach tests -- a question like, say, where you stood on the Vietnam or Iraq wars.

At Southland today, former Vice President Al Gore today did not offer a definitive answer to the traitor-hero question, but he did weigh in more on one side than the other. After slamming both government and corporations for collecting too much information on individuals, Gore said this about the hero-traitor question:

"I hear this question all the time...I'm like most people, I don't put (Snowden) in either one of those categories. But I will be candid -- if you set up a spectrum, I would push it more away from the traitor side. He clearly violated the law (so) you can't say OK what he did is alright. It is not.

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"But what he revealed in the course of violating important laws included violations of the Constitution that were way more serious than the crimes he committed. In the course of violating important laws he also provided an important service because we did need to know how far this has gone."

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David Sirota is a full-time political journalist, best-selling author and nationally syndicated newspaper columnist living in Denver, Colorado. He blogs for Working Assets and the Denver Post's PoliticsWest website. He is a Senior Editor at In These Times magazine, which in 2006 received the Utne Independent Press Award for political coverage. His 2006 book, Hostile Takeover, was a New York Times bestseller, and is now out in paperback. He has been a guest on, among others, CNN, MSNBC, CNBC and NPR. His writing, which draws on his (more...)
 

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