Al Gore On Edward Snowden

David Sirota, writing for PandoDaily:

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:

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. Gore also told the crowd that his initial reaction to Snowden’s revelations was “dismay that [NSA surveillance] had gone as far as it has.” I don't get the vilification of Snowden as a "traitor" --- the man exposed, rightfully, wrongdoings committed by our own government, the same government that is supposed to represent and ensure the best interest of its people. So, I say kudos to Snowden for playing the whistleblower; we need more folks like him to show up the cronies in DC. (via Ben Brooks)