Vice President Joe Biden, campaigning Saturday for a Democratic congressman in Silicon Valley, sought to distance himself from criticism of government data-gathering programs that were revealed two weeks ago by a former National Security Agency contractor.

In recent days, civil liberties activists have been promoting a video clip of a 2006 interview in which Biden, then a U.S. senator from Delaware, voiced strong concerns about a National Security Agency program that collected telephone "meta-data," or records of calls made by Americans during the administration of President George W. Bush.

Saturday, June 15, 2013
Silicon Valley Mercury News

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