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. 9jaguy

    This woman is really clueless....No wonder she can see Russia from her house and thinks that is part of being a foreign policy expert!

    November 30, 2010 01:36 am at 1:36 am |
  2. Silliness in Righty

    her questions show how nieve she is.

    November 30, 2010 01:36 am at 1:36 am |
  3. David

    Just shut up Palin.

    November 30, 2010 01:37 am at 1:37 am |
  4. canucken

    What a twit. Her grasp on the law, and reality is so thin its absurd. She somehow thinks that American laws somehow apply to foreign countries. She's a moron, idiot, airhead, dunce, twerp, you name it. How does she get press? Is this country that stupid that we need to have stories on this idiot? Seriously? Someone make her go away.

    November 30, 2010 01:39 am at 1:39 am |
  5. Dave

    Stay in Alaska and keep your ignorant mouth closed!

    November 30, 2010 01:39 am at 1:39 am |
  6. j

    someone kindly explain to this twit the meaning of the word "treason."

    November 30, 2010 01:41 am at 1:41 am |
  7. Rex

    Wow, if Palin was the president all the world would of course bow at her feet. Is she that stupid that she doesn't even know the difference between a US jurisdiction and international organization outside US court system. And she compares these leaks to the rambling of her book.

    November 30, 2010 01:43 am at 1:43 am |
  8. Gordon Freeman

    "Earlier on Monday, Palin sent a tweet in which..."

    This. This is what is wrong with CNN. a) Who cares what Palin thinks? She's incapable of complex thought and b) Stop taking tweets to be legitimately quotable substance for analysis. Really.

    Also notice how she doesn't provide any sort of countermeasure she would have taken to prevent/subdue the situation.

    November 30, 2010 01:46 am at 1:46 am |
  9. upyours

    Will someone please make this idiot go away, far, far, away!

    November 30, 2010 01:46 am at 1:46 am |
  10. Mike

    This is actually news, and now people want it all censored. It's called freedom of speech. Critical and potentally life threatening information has been redacted. American's have been asking for more transparency in the government well, here it is. You can't only have information that only suits your viewpoint. (Or maybe you can, but that's a whole other discussion) Let the free thinking people of this and other countries see these documents and determine for themselves what kind of global impact their governments have on the rest of the world. Information, good or bad, is power.

    November 30, 2010 01:48 am at 1:48 am |
  11. Ken in NC

    Palin blames President Obama for the Leaks noting that she stopped GAWKER and made them pull the pages they had posted from her new book on their website. (1) The pages were published. (2) WikiLeaks is not a US company and is not quartered in the United States and therefore is not under the jurisdiction of US courts. (3) While she blames President Obama for the leaks, at the same time, she gives the government and not Obama credit for stopping the Christmas Tree Bomber. Now if President Obama is the highest ranking official to represent the US Government and can thus be blamed for a crimminal act that takes place outside our jurisdiction, why then can't he, as the highest ranking representative of our government, get credit for stopping the Christmas Tree Bomber too? If you put this womans brain in a bird it would fly backward. She is, without a doubt, the most negative person on this earth. As much as I detest and dispise the President of Iran, I think more of him than I do of that IDIOT, Palin.

    November 30, 2010 01:48 am at 1:48 am |
  12. Discernment

    NO DISRESPECT MEANT , , , BUT , , , it appears every time Palin opens her mouth with false accusations against President Obama, she reveals herself to be blatantly stupid. For this idiot Palin to insinuate that an 'Australian born' WikiLeak Internet hacker comes under U.S. jurisdiction for immediate arrest and prosecution by the U.S. Government; is about as stupid as her other statements like:

    (1.) – when she said her foreign policy experience was based on her ability to "see Russia from Alaska";
    (2.) – when she said the new healthcare that helps cover 35-million new middle-class Americans was actually a "death panel";
    (3.) – when she said President Obama was a Communist-loving Marxist, even though Obama rescued Wall street, the Banks, and the American auto industry from economic disaster,
    (4.) – when she said President Obama "pals around with terrorist", even though Obama is making a bigger impact against the terrorist. So much so that the terrorist despise Obama more than they did Bush & Cheney.

    November 30, 2010 01:49 am at 1:49 am |
  13. James

    Please......... when will the media finally pull the plug on this person whose name is Sarah Palin? She is A NOTHING, A COMPLETE NOBODY!!! She has no chance of even receiving her own party's nomination for president in 2012, let alone actually winning. A majority of Republicans don't even believe that she is qualified to hold this office........ so why do I continue to see this person quoted multiple times every single day by the media????!!! One can only suspect that the media is not on the side of the American people. The media is out for itself only, because it knows that Sarah Palin still means news........ WHY? because she's outrageous and makes really good copy....... and she's pretty too! Please WAKE UP America! TRULY......... after all of the rhetoric has died down, who out there REALLY believes that she could possibly handle the complexities and demands of the Oval Office? I am calling for the media to begin to ignore Sarah Palin.

    November 30, 2010 01:49 am at 1:49 am |
  14. Ken in NC

    By the way, if this IDIOT wishes to support North Korea, she should pack up and move there. I'm sure the Kim's would be more than happy to have her there. I'm sure they can find some sopt in the fields for her to plant and tend her hate for our President.

    November 30, 2010 01:52 am at 1:52 am |
  15. egghead

    Why not just call this site CNPaliN

    November 30, 2010 01:53 am at 1:53 am |
  16. bonish bonishov

    This woman needs to educate herself because her ignorance is simply beyond comprehension...i pity her ardent followers.

    November 30, 2010 01:56 am at 1:56 am |
  17. Marry

    Dear CNN, please, there must be more important things as repeating Palin’s “posts”! If and when Ms. Palin gives her opinion in an official interview, with real questions, and real answers THEN you might mention it on the “political ticker”. In the meantime this stuff belongs in the entertainment section!

    November 30, 2010 01:57 am at 1:57 am |
  18. John

    Palin again showing her ignorance – thinking somehow the US courts system has any sort of jurisdiction overseas (shaking head). Let's hear her plan for preventing future looks (pulling up a chair and popping some popcorn) – this should be good :/

    November 30, 2010 01:57 am at 1:57 am |
  19. Anonymous

    Less than 24 hours and Palin is back on top of the Ticker.
    Who cares about her thoughts or comments- CNN- she is not news because she blows her nose.
    Most Americans have more informed opinions than her, but you don't highlight their comments!

    November 30, 2010 01:58 am at 1:58 am |
  20. J Gabaldon

    What a moron! As much as I cannot stand Palin the idiot, I keep reading stories about the dummy out of disbelief that so many stupid people actually think she has any intellectual depth or qualification to even run for any national office! She reminds me so much of Dan Quayle, but I really think he would look like a genius next to her. Everytime I read of her stupidity and ignorance, the sound of her cackling voice rings in my head all over again... "... I can see Russia from my house!" Idiot.

    November 30, 2010 02:03 am at 2:03 am |
  21. AdamT

    She is speaking from the OUTSIDE looking in, she has NO access to the inside info, she is just spouting off at the mouth as USUAL, shes a lost soul and has NO credibility, she QUIT her post as an elected official to get MORE money and the desperate folks that follow her are the ones that cant think for themselves and dont know that they are being used. Palin is a JOKE, trying to critique the POTUS, the reason McCain didnt take the election is because of her, she would do well to shut her BIG mouth, shes a hog snotting loser and so is her cult!!!!

    November 30, 2010 02:03 am at 2:03 am |
  22. sam

    Miss Clueless needs to have her mouth wired shut before America loses all credilbility! Someon – anyone – please boot her the h3ll off the American political stage! Enough already from the hillbilly from Wasilla. She's only a clown, and a very illiterate one at that.

    November 30, 2010 02:03 am at 2:03 am |
  23. SC

    I agreed with Barbra Bush. I wish Palin stayed in Alaska and I might add she stays there quietly. I'm being very sympathetic to those Alaskans.

    November 30, 2010 02:08 am at 2:08 am |
  24. southern style

    She is an absolue crackpot. Let it her go stew in her own crap. I wish her the absolute worst fortune on her fear-mongered hate-filled campain.

    November 30, 2010 02:14 am at 2:14 am |
  25. zzlash

    It's a good idea to get the opinion of a nitwit to make sure all the bases are covered.

    November 30, 2010 02:16 am at 2:16 am |
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