Palin slams Obama administration over Wikileaks 'fiasco'
November 29th, 2010
08:35 PM ET
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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. Jason

    The best thing he could do is LET THEM BE PUBLIC.

    November 29, 2010 08:36 pm at 8:36 pm |
  2. Bob in Pa

    Of course when the current administration is the source of these "leaks" it changes the story dramatically.

    November 29, 2010 08:40 pm at 8:40 pm |
  3. toddger

    And why does anyone care that SP thinks this?

    November 29, 2010 08:45 pm at 8:45 pm |
  4. Lucas Breen

    Seriously... Palin couldn't even hack serving a single term as governor of an irrelevant state. She couldn't keep her unmarried teenager from getting pregnant and her boyfriend from endlessly exploiting her and her family.

    Now she is an authority on national security?

    November 29, 2010 08:47 pm at 8:47 pm |
  5. Desert cactus

    No one fears or respects America under this administration.

    November 29, 2010 08:50 pm at 8:50 pm |
  6. michaelam

    Sarah....has it ever occurred to you that every time you "Tweet" or "post" you reveal to the world just how truly ignorant you are? Explain to me, PLEASE, how the President has control over an international company outside of U.S. jurisdiction? Never mind....really. You probably have some word salad response scribbled on your wrinkled hand.

    November 29, 2010 08:50 pm at 8:50 pm |
  7. Paul

    Palin is so bloody stupid it is beyond belief! These leaks started under the culture of secrecy enacted by the previous administrations sec clearance extravaganza. Way too many people have access to data they should not. Proper control of access was not audited or managed. How is this all Obama's fault?

    November 29, 2010 08:53 pm at 8:53 pm |
  8. kmp

    UHHH Mrs. Palin please explain how this is Obama's fault? Something tells me we would be dealing with this if McCain was in office since this information is not just from the Obama administration. If you really want to be taken seriously this isn't the topic in which to try to one, two punch them out.

    November 29, 2010 08:53 pm at 8:53 pm |
  9. Len

    What the hell would this woman know about these leaks. She is a nothing and continues to use the American people to become rich. She is all about GREED.

    November 29, 2010 08:53 pm at 8:53 pm |
  10. Gary

    Sarah, you're an idiot. Please go away.

    November 29, 2010 08:55 pm at 8:55 pm |
  11. TM

    Sarah, until such time as you KNOW what you are talking about, SHUT UP. You know NOTHING of how this situation developed, or how it could have been prevented. And given your own pathetic record of public service, one thing is abundantly clear, YOU could NEVER have done ANY BETTER, and would probably have done FAR WORSE.

    November 29, 2010 08:59 pm at 8:59 pm |
  12. they call me "tater salad"

    Sarah Palins rally cry to all of her uneducated lemming supporters for the next 2 years will be "it's all President Obama's fault" because other than that, SHE HAS NOTHING!!!!!!!!! Q: How do you get under Sarah Palins skin?..............A: Ask her a simple question like, "what newspapers do you read"? I honestly don't think it's humanly possible to be any dumber than this brain-frozen idiot. She needs to listen to Barbra Bush and go back to Alaska and stay there!!!!!

    November 29, 2010 08:59 pm at 8:59 pm |
  13. Sniffit

    Methinks Jaberwocky Barbie lacks the capacity to understand that there was really nothing whatsoever that could be done to stop it. She apparently also lacks the capacity to understand that responding "urgently" and vociferously would merely draw attention to the leaks and lend them the heir perception of an additional, critical importance we do not want to give them before the international community. Furthermore, I'm fairly certain that the proper response is not beating our collective chest like an enraged and strangely insulting silverback ready to rip down the nearest banana tree to beat someone senseless with it. Her analogy with her court case over her book is painfully sophomoric and inaccurate, as is her need to lash out solely for political gain. Calm, measured, reasoned responses to issues of this nature is always what's called for, and if there's one thing that Obama and his admiinstration have consistently scored relatively high on, it's been their foreign relations...excepting those who prefer the hamfisted, swing-the-ideoloigical-2-by-4 approach like Jaberwocky Barbie. She's so blatantly unprepared and unfit for office, it's not even funny...but my thanks go out to CNN for repeatedly telling us the joke every single day.

    November 29, 2010 09:00 pm at 9:00 pm |
  14. once upon a horse

    ok Mrs Palin so what would YOU had of done to stop this? Last I saw President Obama also condemned these leaks not only this time but when it happened once before. Sarah is always free to be critical because face it she has NO power whatsoever..just makes money off of folks that feel they like to donate to her causes. The more I hear from her the more she comes across as a "sore loser" that since she lost the bid along with McCain she'll just slam the president no matter what he does. Pretty sad if you ask me.

    November 29, 2010 09:01 pm at 9:01 pm |
  15. Grow up already...

    Isn't this fool getting tiresome...? Isn't being clueless going out of style by now? Go away Sarah!

    November 29, 2010 09:02 pm at 9:02 pm |
  16. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    Palin and her husband Todd belong to the Alaskan party who were secretly planning a succession of Alaska from the U.S., now how patriotic is that, but keep spouting off at the mouth Palin, you could possibly face treason yourself for planning a coup against the U.S.

    November 29, 2010 09:06 pm at 9:06 pm |
  17. FM

    "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."
    Here she goes again showing her ignorance about international matters. Every day which goes by we are learning more about her lack of intelligence!!!

    November 29, 2010 09:08 pm at 9:08 pm |
  18. Paul

    Hmmm... Seems you should watch what you say before you cast stones. Wasn't the dude who hacked Sarah's account just sent to prison? Can we attribute the success of our justice system on Obama as well?

    November 29, 2010 09:08 pm at 9:08 pm |
  19. Not fooled

    Again this woman talks before thinking. Thank God this lady was not elected Vice President , I don't know what state this country would be in now. She has no clue about foreign affairs. Everytime she opens her mouth something stupid comes out.

    November 29, 2010 09:09 pm at 9:09 pm |
  20. CedarRapids

    "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.

    .....yeah, I think that pretty much says everything you need to know about this story.

    November 29, 2010 09:13 pm at 9:13 pm |
  21. foreignersa

    There she goes again. She has not clue about the difference between america's law and international law. How dumb can she be. No wonder she only writes on facebook and twitter because there is no one to set her straight and bring her in line with all the other intelligent people in this country. I am sure all fith graders are smarter than this idot. I am sure if she was President, she would have asked the SCOTUS to stop the leak......LOL like they have jurisdiction over the whole world. I am sure Palin is the only person that is idiotic enough to think so.

    November 29, 2010 09:13 pm at 9:13 pm |
  22. CJ Omaha NE

    if this woman were president mind you... she would leak them From office........ unless it was about herself!

    November 29, 2010 09:16 pm at 9:16 pm |
  23. goforit

    Oh please tell us how it should be handled oh wise princess of the north. What should Obama have done? Blow up the offices of Wikileaks? Honestly, I can't even begin to iamgine what Palin thinks could or should have been done. The person who leaked these has been in his or her position for quite some time, so I don't even see how Caribou Barbie thinks Obama could have stopped this.

    November 29, 2010 09:19 pm at 9:19 pm |
  24. Stacey, Connecticut

    Once again, Palin has no clue what she's complaining about. How is this supposed to be Obama's fault? It's so easy to sit behind a computer and verbally attack someone else. Palin is not qualified in any respect to be President of the United States. Can you imagine her sitting down with heads of state discussing foreign policy? The dimwit who could not name one founding father; the dimwit who said North Korea was our ally; the dimwit who didn't know Africa was a continent; and most infamous of all – the dimwit who can see Russia from her back yard, lol! Palin is a joke and a fraud. She's not qualified to carry Michelle Obama's ripped pantyhose, let alone beat Barrack Obama in a debate.

    November 29, 2010 09:21 pm at 9:21 pm |
  25. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    P.S. That's why they got Palin and her husband Todd out of Alaska because they were a danger to Alaska and the union of all States in the U.S.

    November 29, 2010 09:21 pm at 9:21 pm |
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