November 6, 2013; The Guardian


The former presidential candidate who, in the minds of many, actually won against George W. Bush has weighed in on Edward Snowden and the National Security Agency.

In a talk in Montreal, Al Gore said that Snowden had “revealed evidence of what appears to be crimes against the Constitution of the United States” by virtue of his leaks to former Guardian columnist Glenn Greenwald. Remember that, as vice president, Gore was a member of the White House’s National Security Council and privy to briefings from the CIA and the NSA. While Gore has been on record criticizing the NSA in recent months, and in this speech referred to the NSA’s monitoring of communications a practice that had gone to “absurd lengths,” his statement about Snowden himself is important. Like