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Sarah Palin: NSA leaker Edward Snowden is not the real problem

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Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin told a group of conservatives at the Faith and Freedom Coalition's Road to Majority Conference over the weekend that NSA leaker Edward Snowden isn't the real problem.

The nation's "Orwellian" atmosphere was, she said.

Mrs. Palin refused to publicly condemn the National Security Agency whistleblower, but instead blasted the U.S. government's recent trouncing of American rights. Just look at the Obama administration's scandal-upon-scandal — from the Benghazi, Libya, attack, to the Department of Justice monitoring of the media — for example, she said, The Daily Caller reported.

She also referred to the Internal Revenue Service's recently admitted targeting of conservative groups as "a symptom of a bigger disease," she said, The Daily Caller reported.

Mrs. Palin also brought up the Boston Marathon bombing.

"Our government spied on every one of your phone calls, but they couldn't find two pot-smoking deadbeat Bostonians with a hotline to terrorist central in Chechnya," she said, The Daily Caller reported. "And it's built an apparatus to sneak into all of the good guy's communications, but whoopsie daisy, it missed the Fort Hood mass murder of our troops despite this Islamic terrorist declaring his ideology in numerous Army counseling sessions and even on his own business cards."

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