Gore: Snowden exposed crimes against Constitution

The former VP predicts the NSA leaks will lead to a reining in of mass surveillance

By Natasha Lennard

Published November 6, 2013 3:44PM (EST)

Former Vice President Al Gore stressed the significance of Edward Snowden's NSA leaks in remarks Tuesday at McGill university. Gore predicted that, owing to Snowden's revelations, efforts would materialize to rein in the spy agency's sprawling surveillance program. He went as far as to suggest that Snowden "has revealed evidence of what appears to be crimes against the Constitution of the United States.”

Via The Canadian Press:

“I think they will have to pull this back,” Gore told a brief question period at McGill University where he delivered the Beaverbrook Annual Lecture. “I think you will see a reining in.”

He said he was not just concerned about overblown efforts in government surveillance but also by corporations who mine the Internet for information on users’ viewing and buying habits so they can target advertising.

“We have a stalker economy,” Gore said.

Natasha Lennard

Natasha Lennard is an assistant news editor at Salon, covering non-electoral politics, general news and rabble-rousing. Follow her on Twitter @natashalennard, email nlennard@salon.com.

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