Palin slams Obama administration over Wikileaks 'fiasco'
November 29th, 2010
08:35 PM ET
4 years ago

Palin slams Obama administration over Wikileaks 'fiasco'

(CNN) - High ranking members of the current administration are not the only ones criticizing the dumping of hundreds of classified U.S. government documents by the whistle-blowing website Wikileaks - possible 2012 presidential contender and former Republican Vice Presidential nominee Sarah Palin is also venting her frustration.

In a post published on the social networking site Facebook on Monday, Palin slams the Obama administration over the document leak saying,"...the latest round of publications of leaked classified U.S. documents through the shady organization called Wikileaks raises serious questions about the Obama administration's incompetent handling of this whole fiasco."

Since this weekend, Wikileaks has published hundreds of classified U. S. diplomatic messages, the first of what the organization says is a quarter million similar documents.

In addition to being published on Wikileaks website, the documents were acquired in advance by five major newspapers in Europe and the U. S. (The New York Times, The Guardian of the UK, El Pais of Spain, Le Monde of France, and Der Spiegel of Germany.) CNN declined a last minute offer to discuss advance access to some of the documents because of a confidentiality agreement requested by Wikileaks that CNN considered unacceptable.

(CNN is committed to carefully and responsibly reporting on the documents already published by Wikileaks and the five newspapers, focusing not only on what the leaked documents say, but also what their publication means for global relations and U. S. diplomacy.)

Earlier on Monday, Palin sent a tweet in which she intoned that preventing the leak was possible, and compared it to an order by a U.S. federal court judge which stopped the gossip website Gawker from publishing excerpts of her book online prior to the book's official release date.

"Inexplicable: I recently won in court to stop my book "America by Heart" from being leaked, but US Govt can't stop Wikileaks' treasonous act?" Palin said in the tweet.

The jurisdiction for Palin's case against Gawker was the American court system; Wikileaks, an international entity whose site is hosted overseas, is not subject to the same jurisdiction.

In her Facebook post, Palin cited issues with the security of military intelligence following the Wikileaks release of 76,000 classified U.S. government documents in July.

"Most importantly, serious questions must also be asked of the U.S. intelligence system. How was it possible that a 22-year-old Private First Class could get unrestricted access to so much highly sensitive information? And how was it possible that he could copy and distribute these files without anyone noticing that security was compromised?," Palin said in the post.

She also criticized the White House for a "lack of urgency" in preventing future leaks.

"It's of course important that we do all we can to prevent similar massive document leaks in the future," Palin said. "But why did the White House not publish these orders after the first leak back in July? What explains this strange lack of urgency on their part?"

Palin did give the government credit for one thing: stopping an Oregon teen who was arrested, law enforcement officials said, after he attempted to detonate what he believed was an explosives-laden van parked near a tree-lighting ceremony in Portland's Pioneer Courthouse Square on Friday.

"We all applaud the successful thwarting of the Christmas-Tree Bomber and hope our government continues to do all it can to keep us safe," Palin said.


Filed under: Obama administration • Sarah Palin • WikiLeaks
soundoff (300 Responses)
  1. LMC

    I don't see how this is the President's fault! Obviously, if Palin were president it wouldn't be her fault, because nothing is ever her fault, she is always a victim!

    November 29, 2010 11:06 pm at 11:06 pm |
  2. Robert

    This lady is a complete moron.....

    November 29, 2010 11:06 pm at 11:06 pm |
  3. Anonymous

    In a post published on the social networking site Facebook on Monday, Palin slams the Obama administration over the document leak saying,"...the latest round of publications of leaked classified U.S. documents through the shady organization called Wikileaks raises serious questions about the Obama administration's incompetent handling of this whole fiasco."

    This woman hate President Obama so much she never miss an chance to attack the President.

    November 29, 2010 11:07 pm at 11:07 pm |
  4. Deb

    this from the woman who wouldn't know a wiki from her pinkie (unless it was dressed in couture fashion paid for by the GOP, that is)

    November 29, 2010 11:09 pm at 11:09 pm |
  5. Anonymous

    does she ever shut up? i am so sick of hearing and seeing her name. why do we even give her any attention? she is an idiot and most people alredy know this.

    November 29, 2010 11:10 pm at 11:10 pm |
  6. Joseph B

    Rather than simply complaining, perhaps Sarah Palin should explain what she thinks the US government should have done that could have actually worked. It seems since she does not understand jurisdiction, that Palin yet again has nothing.

    November 29, 2010 11:12 pm at 11:12 pm |
  7. Tim in Syracuse

    Once....just once...it would be nice if she actually knew what she was talking about before she opened her mouth.

    November 29, 2010 11:13 pm at 11:13 pm |
  8. Anonymous

    But it was after they already have leaks part of her book is when the judge ruled CNN. CNN you need to correct you article. So Sara Palin makes not sense.

    November 29, 2010 11:14 pm at 11:14 pm |
  9. Anonymous

    She always have to make the story about her and some kind of way. This is bigger then you sara Pallin.

    November 29, 2010 11:15 pm at 11:15 pm |
  10. Jude

    what a idiot. this wannabe mrs america still thinks she is answering some lame question being posed. this is such an embarrassment to our country. real issues, real problems and her mrs america caliber words continue to be recognized, what a waste.

    November 29, 2010 11:18 pm at 11:18 pm |
  11. Joe citizen abroad

    Tell it to Springer. Since you won't interview with real journalists.

    November 29, 2010 11:18 pm at 11:18 pm |
  12. Enough Already!

    This woman is an opportunistic moron. Every time she opens her trap to show how little she knows about pretty much everything, my disdain deepens. As a woman, I find her a complete and utter embarrassment to my gender. If she ever said anything remotely intelligent or not in 140 characters typed by someone ELSE, I would die of shock. She needs to just GO AWAY while the adults have an adult conversation about world events that matter. She is in so far over her head she can't see the top. Enough already.

    November 29, 2010 11:20 pm at 11:20 pm |
  13. pritco

    The fact that the bimbo can make the national news with her stupid remarks on a daily basis is inexplicable.

    November 29, 2010 11:22 pm at 11:22 pm |
  14. What!

    In other news Obama has been proven to have killed the baby Jesus and Mother Theresa and is responsible for the start of the current recession and started the bailouts and is a Jew hating baby killer whose primary goal is to destroy North America so Bahrain can complete its master plan to rule the world. Seriously, this woman's belief system and rhetoric is mind boggling and the fact that she still gets a forum is stunning. I shudder to think of her holding any national office. Has America really degenerated to the point that she is considered a "leader"? God I don't agree with a lot Obama's policies and loathed George W. but would much rather have Bush as President again than this nutball. Stating this is his "fiasco" is ... shakes head .and goes back to normal life...

    November 29, 2010 11:22 pm at 11:22 pm |
  15. Brons

    What does this idiot propose to prevent it?
    Cite some law!
    It's wrong but what does this nouveau politician have to offer that's constructive?

    November 29, 2010 11:22 pm at 11:22 pm |
  16. Marco555

    You have to keep a balance between web fads and real life. America's internet will be it's downfall unless we really educate the rest of the world, including Russia, that 65% of it is BS. So Palin's crew finds a way to slam Obama for this? How many of those docs were declassified?,

    November 29, 2010 11:23 pm at 11:23 pm |
  17. Tam

    That's too big a word for her - fiasco – and a furrin word at that!

    November 29, 2010 11:23 pm at 11:23 pm |
  18. twiddly

    "...The jurisdiction for Palin's case against Gawker was the American court system; Wikileaks, an international entity whose site is hosted overseas, is not subject to the same jurisdiction..."

    Once again, Palin is talking crap about stuff she knows nothing about.

    November 29, 2010 11:24 pm at 11:24 pm |
  19. texasgreenacres

    no body give a crap, about what Mrs Crackle Berry has to say take you money grubbing behind back to the deep woods of alaska.

    November 29, 2010 11:25 pm at 11:25 pm |
  20. FastBoat

    Can anyone tell me. Is Sarah Palin stoned or stupid. I've stopped being amazed at the hot gas that emits from her lungs.

    November 29, 2010 11:25 pm at 11:25 pm |
  21. KS OH

    I can only imagine what a Palin "fiasco" would be if this clown were elected President...

    November 29, 2010 11:27 pm at 11:27 pm |
  22. thatguy371

    When will this twit simply just go away?

    November 29, 2010 11:27 pm at 11:27 pm |
  23. Jeetu

    Sarah Palin is the worse American I know and the most unreasonable and illogical person. She balmes Obama and his administhatration for things out of his control. For her to compare the court order related to her book in the US court to something thatt happened outside USA shows her total igonorance of the legal issues involved in the case. She just wants to get publicity at the cost of the people of USA and hurt our country. She needs to realize that her way is not the only ways and telling lies and half truths won't get him elected as President of our country.

    I hope people are intelligent enough to see through her stupidity and ignorance and would avoid associated with her and her unsbstantiated viewpoints. I am sure the leaks happened in George Bush administration as all reports from the doocuments leaked are from that time. Therefore, Obama Administration had nothing to do with this leak.

    Therefore, I suggest people to find the facts and set the record straight.

    November 29, 2010 11:29 pm at 11:29 pm |
  24. David

    This woman seriously needs help. And a one way ticket out of the public spotlight. I can not even understand how anyone, anywhere can honestly take this woman seriously when not one thing out of her mouth (online or otherwise) has been the truth.

    November 29, 2010 11:29 pm at 11:29 pm |
  25. GentleCritic

    So Silly Sarah believes that the perfect comparison to stopping the WikiLeaks documents from being released is similar to Gawker being prevented from printing excerpts of her book of opinions online. WOW...!!!!!!!! And she's also an expert on international affairs because she can see a piece of Russia from some remote Alaskan island which was under her control before she quit being the governor.

    And people STILL think that she is a viable candidate for POTUS? God help us....PLEASE.........!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    November 29, 2010 11:31 pm at 11:31 pm |
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