Al Gore: Snowden Broke The Law But Provided ‘An Important Service’ (VIDEO)

Edward Snowden broke the law, but he provided an “important service” while doing so, according to former Vice President Al Gore.

Gore was asked about Snowden, the former National Security Agency contractor who leaked top secret agency documents, during an interview at a Tuesday event co-sponsored by the website PandoDaily. Asked if Snowden was a traitor or a hero, Gore said things were put on a spectrum he would put Snowden away from “the traitor side.”

“He clearly violated the law so you can’t say, ‘Okay, what he did is alright,'” Gore said. “It’s not. But what he revealed in the course of violating important laws included violations of the United States Constitution that were way more serious than the crimes that he committed. And so he, in the course of violating important laws, he also provided an important service, OK? Because we did need to know how far this has gone.”

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