Washington (CNN) – Sarah Palin is telling one of the world's most controversial figures: don't put words in my mouth.
On Tuesday, Palin tweeted: "Someone making things up again? Keep seeing this quote attributed to me. Huh?"
The former Alaska governor included a link to National Review Online posting.
That post is partly titled, "Julian Assange Notices Sarah Palin's Criticism." Assange is the editor-in-chief of Wikileaks. He's earned international scorn for recently posting over 250,000 U.S. State Department documents. On Tuesday, he handed himself over to police officials in London on unrelated sex charges and was denied bail after appearing in court.
But the National Review is referring to Assange's fresh op-ed, that currently appears in the newspaper The Australian, and that is what prompted Palin's tweet.
In the op-ed, Assange defends the publication of the secret documents. But he also writes, "Sarah Palin says I should be 'hunted down like Osama bin Laden."
It's that quote, being attributed to Palin, that apparently has her up in arms.
In a November 29 Facebook posting, Palin blasted the Obama administration's handling of the matter. And she also wrote, "Assange is not a 'journalist,' any more than the 'editor' of al Qaeda's new English-language magazine Inspire is a 'journalist.' He is an anti-American operative with blood on his hands. His past posting of classified documents revealed the identity of more than 100 Afghan sources to the Taliban. Why was he not pursued with the same urgency we pursue al Qaeda and Taliban leaders?"
Though Palin clearly calls for pursuing Assange like al Qaeda leaders are being pursued, she did not exactly write that he should be "hunted down like Osama bin Laden."
As for the other part of Palin's tweet, "Keep seeing this quote," CNN checked to see if it's been reported other places and could not find any other citations of it.
We know who you work for Palin. Your time will come.
Sarah, the grizzly-billy ought to know all about making things up.
If anyone knows about "fantasy" and making things up, it would be the snow queen.
That's a funny quote because Osama hasn't been found!
Palin is a certifiable idiot. End of story.
They say the enemy of your enemy is your friend. Does this mean that I should actually like Julian Assange?
I dont think we should put word in her mouth, she is stupid enough to do it herself.
Is Bin Laden not an Al Qaeda leader? Sounds like thats exactly what she said. And since this is the only time thats been said, she is once again lying through her teeth.
Isn't OBL al Qaeda's leader? What is Palin saying?
Funny that she has a view on everything but the GOP blockade for tax cuts. I guess she is privileged and can speak about only issues that will not jeopardize her "2012 presidential bid" that will not happen. She is just trying to get as much money as she can from knuckleheads that support her.
You're the one that makes things up you right wing ignorant nut case!. Stupidity seems to run through your veins as you quit every political job you've ever been elected to1, fool!
God help us if we're hunting anybody like Osama bin Laden. It's been over 9 freaking years since 9/11 and we still can't find him. If I was a criminal on the run, I would be giddy that I was being hunted like OBL.
Will Palin stop Bloomberg from increasing the MTA fares ??
I knew CNN couldn't make it one day without a Palin thread.
It's hard to misquote dear Sarah because she won't shut her mouth long enough for anyone to misquote her. On the other hand, with her atrocious command of the English language, its hard to quote her, too.
Sarah Palin is an idiot; If Wikileaks is making things up, people won't be in such quandry. I can't believe taht she is not ashmed for being so foolish.
I'm so exhausted with the coverage this Palin woman gets. Most of the time what she says means nothing and a lot of the time you don't know what the heck she is even talking about. CNN enough is enough, just say no to Palin articles.
Yeah, but HIS words make much more sense than YOUR words Sarah.
suuure, Palin, learning from you I guess. Like Julian really cares about you specifically. you wish!
How would she know? I do not believe that a low ranking serviceman had access to all of those documents. Someone orchestrated this and I would not be too surprised if it was......
I agree with you, Mr. Genovese. Another thing I would include is encouraging American business to keep production in America! Be patriotic. You will be serving the United States when you keep the jobs here at home. Even another thought- border control for the North and South borders. People good and bad are scrambling over the borders and we need some real effort put into slowing this way down. I don't support amnesty either!
I'll give her one thing – she is the queen at making things up.
Palin should never utter the words "makin things up." That is what she does best, and it is sad that some people believe her. If they would look to other sources besides Palin, they might learn the facts. It is too bad that this article had to share the same space with Elizabeth Edwards' death. What a slap in the face to Elizabeth Edwards.
Oh my gosh, when is this woman NOT up in arms over things? He paraphrased Sarah, we all know your kind thinks hunting down those that oppose you is the default action.... or did everyone forget those target marks on states she was going to 'take back' from us real Americans?
Oh, come on, Sarah. You said what you said, and now you're trying to play semantics?