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Former vice president Al Gore says Edward Snowden not a traitor

Former vice president Al Gore says Edward Snowden isn't a traitor, and is disappointed by the NSA's surveillance activities
By: Michael Hatamoto | Hacking & Security News | Posted: Jun 10, 2014 9:14 pm

Former vice president Al Gore said former NSA contractor Edward Snowden did "an important service" when he publicly disclosed mass spying and surveillance. It's the most vocal support Snowden has received from a U.S. lawmaker, and shows there is still a fierce debate regarding his loyalties.

 

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Gore was careful not to paint Snowden as a traitor, nor did he describe Snowden as a whistleblower: "What he revealed in the course of violating important laws included violations of the US constitution that were way more serious than the crimes he committed." Gore also said organized surveillance by the NSA was "a threat to democracy, to the heart of democracy."

 

Politicians are continually voicing their opinion on Snowden and his actions, with Secretary of State John Kerry saying Snowden is a "coward." Former U.S. president Jimmy Carter said he personally would consider pardoning Snowden, while Sen. Dianne Feinstein said the former NSA contractor never raised any snooping concerns.

NEWS SOURCES:Theguardian.com, Blogs.reuters.com

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