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.
Well, we've done such a swell job of "hunting down Bin Laden" these last 10 years, haven't we? If that's the case, I have no idea why the guy is worried...
How about Sarah misleads us?
if I didn't know any better,looks like the uk has been persuaded by ( we'll let you guess ) someone to put the collar on this guy, on some trumped up charges, in an effort to stop what is going to be very humbling to quite a few people..perhaps the main stream press by looking the other way on many issues could be culpable in this matter..or not..
Assange couldn't make anything up wierder than what Palin actually says....It IS what she meant, anyway.
She needs to grow-up!!!
Take away the twit's tweets!!!
She will never make it as president....I did'nt just make that up!
Palin just can't get out of her own way, can she? I actually thought we were going to make it through one day without hearing about this loser bimbo.
Sarah, if you would shut your mouth for five minutes you wouldn't have to "tweet' so much. I must say you sound very illiterate when you post on facebook or tweet. So, again, just shut up!!! Oh, Assange is pretty much correct by way of inference.
What planet is this person from??? Sarah go home please!! And it's not back here to Alaska!
It's not a quote, but it is a headline that ran many places a week or so ago. Has Palin really never said we should hunt down al Qaeda and Taliban leaders? How exactly does she think we're pursuing them in Afghanistan? So rather than hunting – she just meant pursue Assange with troops firing weapons, drones firing missiles, and planes dropping bombs – that kind of urgency – but let's be clear, it's not HUNTING. All this shows is that Assange has the same affinity for checking facts before opening his mouth as Palin does.
As the Queen of 'making things up' she ought to know. How's the Death Panel thing going Sarah?
Why does Sarah Palin even try anymore? Why can't she just go away forever?
"Assange aggravates Palin." It seems to me that, lately, there's very little that doesn't aggravate Palin.
Assange irritates Palin? First thing I've heard that I like about the guy!
poor "Corrupt" Sarah..She is good for nothing. She just need to take a look where she stands in on going voting for Times Person of the year 2010.
CNN you should be ashamed of your obsession with this FRAUD.
sigh...did you really just make a news story out of this, CNN? you're gonna get her elected just like you did obama if you're not careful.
If Julian Assange really does irritate Sarah Palin, then that is at least one reason to like him. As for putting words in her mouth, at least if someone else put them in her mouth they'd be comprehensible.
My guess is that Sarah has now been anointed by
the Rockefellers and Billdibergs as the next US president.
The dismantling of America goes on.
This person only run her big mouth and she didn't know what's she talking about. Osama bin Laden is looking for her next.
No Sarah – you are the one making things up – remember the "Death Panels"?? Remember saying "Thanks but no thanks" to the bridge to nowhere when in fact you approved of it?? Keep on trying to deflect it all!
why are we paying any attention to palin? C'mon, people! Goddamn, it's the critics who are giving her legitimacy! Stop paying attention!
She's Sarah Palin. Why does she need to be accurate? Everyone else should be accurate for her!
Come on CNN, we are sick of seeing this camera hound in the news. It's time to get back to covering people in the news who contribute something to society. Leave her personal life and opinions to her Fox Nuts channel.
Doesn't this idiot EVER shut-up?