Sarah Palin says Wikileaks founder making things up
December 7th, 2010
04:57 PM ET
3 years ago

Sarah Palin says Wikileaks founder making things up

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.


Filed under: Sarah Palin • WikiLeaks
soundoff (172 Responses)
  1. Patrick

    We know who you work for Palin. Your time will come.

    December 7, 2010 06:22 pm at 6:22 pm |
  2. George

    Sarah, the grizzly-billy ought to know all about making things up.

    December 7, 2010 06:22 pm at 6:22 pm |
  3. 8 Years of "Trickle Down" economics has only left a dribbling wet spot on working Americans's shoes!

    If anyone knows about "fantasy" and making things up, it would be the snow queen.

    December 7, 2010 06:22 pm at 6:22 pm |
  4. McLuhan

    That's a funny quote because Osama hasn't been found!

    December 7, 2010 06:23 pm at 6:23 pm |
  5. paul

    Palin is a certifiable idiot. End of story.

    December 7, 2010 06:23 pm at 6:23 pm |
  6. Greenspam

    They say the enemy of your enemy is your friend. Does this mean that I should actually like Julian Assange?

    December 7, 2010 06:24 pm at 6:24 pm |
  7. guy from NM

    I dont think we should put word in her mouth, she is stupid enough to do it herself.

    December 7, 2010 06:24 pm at 6:24 pm |
  8. Mike

    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.

    December 7, 2010 06:25 pm at 6:25 pm |
  9. Greenspam

    Isn't OBL al Qaeda's leader? What is Palin saying?

    December 7, 2010 06:25 pm at 6:25 pm |
  10. bailoutsos

    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.

    December 7, 2010 06:26 pm at 6:26 pm |
  11. Gil

    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!

    December 7, 2010 06:27 pm at 6:27 pm |
  12. Brad

    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.

    December 7, 2010 06:33 pm at 6:33 pm |
  13. Rich

    Will Palin stop Bloomberg from increasing the MTA fares ??

    December 7, 2010 06:33 pm at 6:33 pm |
  14. chad

    I knew CNN couldn't make it one day without a Palin thread.

    December 7, 2010 06:33 pm at 6:33 pm |
  15. Frankie

    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.

    December 7, 2010 06:37 pm at 6:37 pm |
  16. Nick

    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.

    December 7, 2010 06:38 pm at 6:38 pm |
  17. Seattle Sue

    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.

    December 7, 2010 06:38 pm at 6:38 pm |
  18. Former Republican - Now Independent

    Yeah, but HIS words make much more sense than YOUR words Sarah.

    December 7, 2010 06:38 pm at 6:38 pm |
  19. gobo

    suuure, Palin, learning from you I guess. Like Julian really cares about you specifically. you wish!

    December 7, 2010 06:39 pm at 6:39 pm |
  20. bj

    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......

    December 7, 2010 06:39 pm at 6:39 pm |
  21. Thelma Slade

    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!

    December 7, 2010 06:39 pm at 6:39 pm |
  22. welches, oregon

    I'll give her one thing – she is the queen at making things up.

    December 7, 2010 06:39 pm at 6:39 pm |
  23. Carol

    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.

    December 7, 2010 06:40 pm at 6:40 pm |
  24. Deb

    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?

    December 7, 2010 06:40 pm at 6:40 pm |
  25. Pete

    Oh, come on, Sarah. You said what you said, and now you're trying to play semantics?

    December 7, 2010 06:41 pm at 6:41 pm |
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