Sarah Palin says Wikileaks founder making things up
December 7th, 2010
04:57 PM ET
4 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. What?

    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...

    December 7, 2010 07:36 pm at 7:36 pm |
  2. ks

    How about Sarah misleads us?

    December 7, 2010 07:37 pm at 7:37 pm |
  3. joe smith

    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..

    December 7, 2010 07:37 pm at 7:37 pm |
  4. Death Panel Sarah

    Assange couldn't make anything up wierder than what Palin actually says....It IS what she meant, anyway.
    She needs to grow-up!!!

    December 7, 2010 07:40 pm at 7:40 pm |
  5. Death Panel Sarah

    Take away the twit's tweets!!!

    December 7, 2010 07:41 pm at 7:41 pm |
  6. texassam

    She will never make it as president....I did'nt just make that up!

    December 7, 2010 07:41 pm at 7:41 pm |
  7. A female in Wyoming

    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.

    December 7, 2010 07:41 pm at 7:41 pm |
  8. Russ

    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.

    December 7, 2010 07:42 pm at 7:42 pm |
  9. Leda Dodds

    What planet is this person from??? Sarah go home please!! And it's not back here to Alaska!

    December 7, 2010 07:44 pm at 7:44 pm |
  10. smc

    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.

    December 7, 2010 07:45 pm at 7:45 pm |
  11. Roberto

    As the Queen of 'making things up' she ought to know. How's the Death Panel thing going Sarah?

    December 7, 2010 07:46 pm at 7:46 pm |
  12. Kate

    Why does Sarah Palin even try anymore? Why can't she just go away forever?

    December 7, 2010 07:47 pm at 7:47 pm |
  13. IMHO

    "Assange aggravates Palin." It seems to me that, lately, there's very little that doesn't aggravate Palin.

    December 7, 2010 07:47 pm at 7:47 pm |
  14. Brandon

    Assange irritates Palin? First thing I've heard that I like about the guy!

    December 7, 2010 07:48 pm at 7:48 pm |
  15. David

    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.

    December 7, 2010 07:48 pm at 7:48 pm |
  16. Stacey, Connecticut

    CNN you should be ashamed of your obsession with this FRAUD.

    December 7, 2010 07:49 pm at 7:49 pm |
  17. colinsux

    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.

    December 7, 2010 07:52 pm at 7:52 pm |
  18. johnRJ08

    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.

    December 7, 2010 07:53 pm at 7:53 pm |
  19. Stocmonster

    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.

    December 7, 2010 07:54 pm at 7:54 pm |
  20. Robin Hood come to America.

    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.

    December 7, 2010 08:00 pm at 8:00 pm |
  21. Ken

    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!

    December 7, 2010 08:01 pm at 8:01 pm |
  22. k

    why are we paying any attention to palin? C'mon, people! Goddamn, it's the critics who are giving her legitimacy! Stop paying attention!

    December 7, 2010 08:02 pm at 8:02 pm |
  23. seraphim0

    She's Sarah Palin. Why does she need to be accurate? Everyone else should be accurate for her!

    December 7, 2010 08:05 pm at 8:05 pm |
  24. Former Republican, now an Independent

    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.

    December 7, 2010 08:05 pm at 8:05 pm |
  25. Dona Miranda

    Doesn't this idiot EVER shut-up?

    December 7, 2010 08:05 pm at 8:05 pm |
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