Palin slams Obama administration over Wikileaks 'fiasco'
November 29th, 2010
08:35 PM ET
10 years ago

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. RBinFL

    Oh, Come On Palin! Like Obama can control the actions of every level of government and the actions of every employee that works in the government. It is the fault of the Directors, Managers, and Supervisors who did not listen when IT audit teams told them to change the controls and security of information. It is these Directors, manager, and supervisors who are at fault as well as the person(s) who stole this information – Not POTUS.

    November 29, 2010 09:22 pm at 9:22 pm |
  2. Show NO FEAR...MEDIA

    Stop giving this crazy woman media time..with her handlers posting this crap... FEAR is not going to WORK this TIME...

    We are sick of wacko Palin and her handlers... NO INTERVIEW OUTSIDE OF FOX to explain... NO FEEBIES FROM THE MEDIA that she HATES.... SHE IS DEFINITELY JEALOUS OF THE PREZ...........

    November 29, 2010 09:22 pm at 9:22 pm |
  3. Joe M

    Oh thank God for Sarah Palin!! Can't wait for her to get into the White House and fix all the problems in the United States. No more Wikileaks. Unemployment will disappear, tax breaks for everyone, the media will have a gag order against them and she will be working on re-writing the Bible!! Sarah all the way in '12!!!!

    November 29, 2010 09:23 pm at 9:23 pm |
  4. b johnson

    The Republicans complained because Obama did not make his administration transparent like he said he would.. Now Obama has a very transparent administration and the Republicans are still complaining.

    November 29, 2010 09:24 pm at 9:24 pm |
  5. CJ

    Can this woman just shut up and think before opening her mouth , especially when she can only blame Obama or the Dems for everything she can think of . She is trully a vindictive and hateful person!!!! She is a most judgemental person , and if she would read the good book of which she seems to thinks the GOP has the rights too, she would see what it says about the beam in your own eye etc etc .......before pointing out the splinter in another. She really needs a lesson in humility .

    November 29, 2010 09:26 pm at 9:26 pm |
  6. Sue

    This woman has no real clue does she?.......God help this country if this idiot gets even close to the White House......

    November 29, 2010 09:27 pm at 9:27 pm |
  7. jeffe

    When Sarah Palin speaks about incompetence, at least she's talking on a subject with which she is fully acquainted. I cannot believe that anyone would take this airhead seriously.

    November 29, 2010 09:27 pm at 9:27 pm |
  8. Jacob

    is she really throwing around the word "incompetent?" careful, Sarah! you have four fingers pointing right back at 'cha!

    November 29, 2010 09:29 pm at 9:29 pm |
  9. wwf

    Yeah? Well come on. Tell us what you would have done or do you have to look at your hand for suggestions. For all of you Palin lovers out there keep following her and giving her money. She is the biggest con artist alive. She is getting rich off of your stupidity, but thats ok. She is spending it which should help the economy. You fools have put her on the political map and are keeping her there. Right next to the bridge to nowhere.

    November 29, 2010 09:29 pm at 9:29 pm |
  10. Alistair

    Mrs. Palin please go back to your home in Wasilla and spend sometime in the kitchen.

    November 29, 2010 09:29 pm at 9:29 pm |
  11. MIlitantDem

    Will somebody shut this stupid bimbo up! She knows nothing about nothing! All she does is run her ignorant mouth!

    November 29, 2010 09:36 pm at 9:36 pm |
  12. Jared

    I wonder if the rocket scientist from Alaska could explain how in the blue hell Obama's administration has anything to do with these leaks and what they are supposed to do to prevent them. Carpet bomb Sweden or wherever Wikileaks is based? The mainstream media has allowed the Palin farce to continue for far too long. By publishing her moronic statements and opinions, all the MSM has done is give her credibility amongst her nut job fans.

    November 29, 2010 09:38 pm at 9:38 pm |

    Interesting advice from a half-term governor who conducted state affairs over a non-secure email account that was hacked!!! Please – tell us how "real" Americans feel, lol!

    November 29, 2010 09:39 pm at 9:39 pm |
  14. TheBoss

    We have to sometimes forgive Sarah Palin for her ignorance. She doesn't understand jurisdiction when it comes to the adjudication of cases and she doesn't understand how the military works – PFC having access to classified material. I hope she is not attacking the military on its standard operating procedures. I have seen young 19 -20 year old PFCs who have had more responsibilities in their short military career than Sarah Palin in her entire political career.
    This lady is an idiot!

    November 29, 2010 09:41 pm at 9:41 pm |
  15. Anonymous

    Two words come to my mind whenever sarah opens her mouth..(Which is all she is capable of doing) GO away..

    November 29, 2010 09:41 pm at 9:41 pm |
  16. Cybersport

    Palin neglects the fact that the U.S. court system has no jurisdiction over Wikileaks

    November 29, 2010 09:42 pm at 9:42 pm |
  17. Lost in Texas FOREVER

    I find it very interesting that not even at FoxNews where Sarah Palin is employed that she gets as much coverage as she does here on the CNN PT. She gets more press here that President Obama it seems and the funny thing is no matter WHAT she says she has NO power whatsoever in how this nation is run. FoxNews must know this because they don't hang on every word this woman says like the Ticker does here.

    November 29, 2010 09:42 pm at 9:42 pm |
  18. bdgfn

    Is this bimbo serious? George W is more to blame than Obama, and even he had no hand in this. God help us if she ever gets into a position of power.

    November 29, 2010 09:43 pm at 9:43 pm |
  19. Fenarkleman

    Of even more urgency to every oxygen-breathing American on the planet,what can be done to heighten the urgency around no longer posting anything having to do with anything regarding this Wild Alaskan Dingbat? She has a right to spout off all she wants, with as much ignorance and stupidity as she can muster. But can we please move on already? She has nothing intelligent to say and she is meaningless. Let's please move this moosejaw back to obscurity so that our great nation might finally move forward. Thank you.

    November 29, 2010 09:44 pm at 9:44 pm |
  20. Jim

    She should consider running for "Moron in Chief" or "Complainer in Chief".

    November 29, 2010 09:44 pm at 9:44 pm |
  21. kt

    i dont get her this was done by an international site not under our jurisdiction and others in the military must follow protocol to prevent or else could it be an attempt to make the president look bad, after all her and people like her dont want him to succeed. terrorist will attempt and possibly succeed in some instances, there are too many variables.

    November 29, 2010 09:44 pm at 9:44 pm |
  22. joshua

    Someone put this woman out of our misery.

    November 29, 2010 09:45 pm at 9:45 pm |
  23. Sandy

    Her meddling in affairs in which she knows nothing is just another example of her stupidity.

    November 29, 2010 09:46 pm at 9:46 pm |
  24. Joe

    Wow, Sarah Palin seems to blame everything on the Obama Administration. Soon, she'll blame the President for the fact that she is a ditz and is not qualified to be President.

    November 29, 2010 09:48 pm at 9:48 pm |
  25. Dustin

    I agree with Palin completely!

    November 29, 2010 09:49 pm at 9:49 pm |
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