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.

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soundoff (300 Responses)
  1. Idaknow

    I'm sure if somebody released all of Palin's correspondence it'd be quite...revealing as well.

    Oh wait, didn't somebody try with her personal account, which she used for official business?

    November 30, 2010 01:02 am at 1:02 am |
  2. Future expat

    Somewhere there's a mule braying. Why don't you go get the mule's viewpoints? They're about as relevant as this woman's shrieks.

    November 30, 2010 01:03 am at 1:03 am |
  3. Heh

    So I guess when Palin was governor of Alaska and her yahoo email address was hacked and posted on Wikileaks, it "raises serious questions about the Palin administration's incompetent handling of this whole fiasco" right?

    November 30, 2010 01:06 am at 1:06 am |
  4. DrJohn

    Palin has continued to exhibit a complete lack of understanding of complex situations. Her simplistic approach to complex issues reminds everyone of how unaware she is of the world that lies beyond Alaska.

    November 30, 2010 01:06 am at 1:06 am |
  5. petepeterpete

    ...It's really difficult to be serious here. But, I'll try. Sarah actually compares her minuscule legal endeavor to block any advanced excerpts of her book from becoming public with the monumental legal issues confronting the AG's office in attempts to block the publishing of the classified documents. The AG's task to block and to have all info returned must get over constitutional hurdles the likes of which Sarah, most assuredly, has never dreamt of. The "i's" have to be dotted and the "t's" crossed. Very complex case. Investigations underway.///I would have more respect for Sarah if she would "plug" her book in a more conventional manner. She did make sure we'd all get a laugh though. "Inexplicable" she said. Yes, inexplicable!

    And CNN, I read one of the leaked documents on your web site this morning. But you didn't leave it up long, it disappeared.

    November 30, 2010 01:08 am at 1:08 am |
  6. William

    This woman is a CLOWN!!! The leaks were caused by an US soldier a trusted government employee that is being court martialed. For god sake america don't fall for "the banana in the tail pipe" trick.

    November 30, 2010 01:09 am at 1:09 am |
  7. Steve

    Stop publishing every idiotic thing this woman says!! She isn't trying to further and encourage debate, she is trying to be divisive. Publishing all the rubbish that comes from her mouth reflects poorly on CNN and what CNN thinks is news worthy.

    November 30, 2010 01:11 am at 1:11 am |
  8. B in Wasilla Alaska

    excuse me, Emperor not emporer, she makes me so danged mad I can't type.

    November 30, 2010 01:12 am at 1:12 am |
  9. dogmafrog

    Seems like she used these statements to promote her new book. "Of course her years of international law experience have provided her with a deep understanding of jurisdiction, and as with most of her posts, this one makes perfect sense." Massive sarcasm quotes.

    November 30, 2010 01:13 am at 1:13 am |
  10. carlos

    Sara Palin cant understand that other countries as diferent laws.Only in America to think that this women could be a vice president is very scare.Go back to Alaska were you belong.

    November 30, 2010 01:14 am at 1:14 am |
  11. CaliforniaBC

    Oh my god! Palin has no idea what the difference between a leak of a piddly book and intelligence reports that THOUSANDS of government officials have access to. The problem is a couple of dishonest diplomats/staff NOT Obama. Christ this woman has no idea how the system functions.

    god help us if she gets back into ANY office.

    November 30, 2010 01:15 am at 1:15 am |
  12. Jan Hetterly

    Do you suppose, just once, she might offer HER ideas for a solution on how to stop the leaks? But no; if she tried to do that, she'd betray her total ignorance of the whole matter. Palin, not Obama, is the fiasco!

    November 30, 2010 01:15 am at 1:15 am |
  13. The Big J

    Please enough of this woman! She doesn't know what she's talking about. She's all mouth & NO BRAINS!

    November 30, 2010 01:17 am at 1:17 am |
  14. Steven Colorado

    Yep. Good o'; Sarah, using Facebook as her media outlet (because traditional reporters ask her questions), blasting Obama again for doing things differently than she would have. Shame she forgot to share with us what she would have done differently.

    November 30, 2010 01:18 am at 1:18 am |
  15. Observer

    If Palin had a much higher IQ, she'd know Wikileaks is an overseas company outside of U.S. jurisdiction.

    November 30, 2010 01:19 am at 1:19 am |
  16. NR

    If it was Palin on the other end, she would have resigned.

    November 30, 2010 01:23 am at 1:23 am |
  17. premed22

    continual criticism from a do nothing no nothing woman

    November 30, 2010 01:23 am at 1:23 am |
  18. jeff george

    Once again, this woman has NO idea what she's talking about. International law experts have been saying for some time that there was literally nothing that could be done to prevent publication of these docs. The IT failures that allowed one guy to grab so many docs has likely be a flaw in the system for years. Palin also likened building a fence behind her house to completing the gigantic, multi-billion dollar fence along the Mexican border. OH, and "thanks but no thanks, but really thanks, for that bridge to nowhere."

    November 30, 2010 01:24 am at 1:24 am |
  19. carlos

    Sara Palin please take lessons on world affairs so you can make sense of what you are talking about it.About your book someone else put together for you because I dont think you can write a letter.

    November 30, 2010 01:24 am at 1:24 am |
  20. ABM

    Once again someone is looking to stay in the spot light. She has no business on the national politcal scene. She should first figure out the difference between North and South Korea. After that she should look in the mirror to she the she is just as bad to America as Wikileaks. Third – she should go back to Alaska and stay there.

    Please go away!!!!! America does not need or want you.

    Signed a Republican Obama Supporter.

    November 30, 2010 01:26 am at 1:26 am |
  21. America Shrugged

    Senator Lisa Murkowski has her pegged to a tee. lol

    November 30, 2010 01:26 am at 1:26 am |
  22. Treason?

    "US Govt can't stop Wikileaks' treasonous act?" should read more about the law.

    November 30, 2010 01:29 am at 1:29 am |
  23. Anthony

    So sick of Palin. Why do we care what this quitter posts?

    November 30, 2010 01:29 am at 1:29 am |
  24. GCV

    Please stop reporting about this woman. She is divisive, ignorant, and an embarrassment to this country. Let her angry rage be heard only in the forests of Alaska. Get her out of our lives.

    November 30, 2010 01:32 am at 1:32 am |
  25. 9jaguy

    This woman is really clueless....No wonder she can see Russia from her house.

    November 30, 2010 01:33 am at 1:33 am |
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