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. Clwyd

    And the possible reason for the leak was a soldier upset with the working of our military and its being out of control dear sarah. You are a witch! A dumb one at that!

    November 29, 2010 09:49 pm at 9:49 pm |
  2. Jeff in Virginia

    Sarah Palin calling somebody else incompetent? That's rich!

    November 29, 2010 09:49 pm at 9:49 pm |
  3. Mike Sk

    shut up partisan hack! you just don't know when to be quiet.

    November 29, 2010 09:50 pm at 9:50 pm |
  4. Bob C

    Ignoring of course that it was the realignment of intelligence priorities during the Bush administration that opened up inter-agency sharing of data and the subsequent access of too many people to sensitive information.

    November 29, 2010 09:50 pm at 9:50 pm |
  5. wolfcampcollege

    Why is this news? Stop posting so much about what Palin says. Her commentary is getting so old, is damaging to the political process, and CNN is just enabling her while boring us!

    November 29, 2010 09:51 pm at 9:51 pm |
  6. US Citizen '76

    Is she serious...what could the Obama administration do? The website is on several different servers in Europe and he is a citzen of australia. We might be a super power but we can't arrest people in other countries. As for the private getting the information. He most likely had a Top Secret's not anyones fault except his own. He betrayed people have done that

    November 29, 2010 09:51 pm at 9:51 pm |
  7. CAW in MD

    Of *course* Palin doesn't understand the difference between her suit (under an American jurisprudence system that Republicans are constantly denigrating) and trying to bring suit against Wikileaks under an international jurisprudence, which Republicans absolutely despise (International Criminal Court, anybody)? And this woman thinks she can handle being President. It would be humorous if it wasn't so tragic that some Americans find her qualified.

    November 29, 2010 09:52 pm at 9:52 pm |
  8. Bubba

    Seriously, INCOMPETENT? She was driven from office by her own ethics bill and she still thinks she knows competency when she sees it? When will this clown take off her red nose?

    November 29, 2010 09:56 pm at 9:56 pm |
  9. Jon

    So yeah – basically – Palin doesn't get that American law doesn't apply overseas. Surprising no one.

    November 29, 2010 10:02 pm at 10:02 pm |
  10. rashinal

    Why, oh why,CNN, do you continue to make news out of every inane and mind-numbing yarn this woman spins ?

    There is nothing new, innovative, eloquent or remotely intelligent about most of the blather she spews out. She is no kind of "expert" on literally anything. She has no authority, no official position, no "inside information".. she's not a pundit, a commentator, a journalist or even a verifiable observer.
    Seriously, why do you bestow upon her any more credibility than say, my nine year old daughter (who has a far greater grasp of the language and current events) ?

    Let people who are interested read her Facebook page. Let them follow her tweets. Let those that buy into this sort of self aggrandizing pontification find it elsewhere; on a site that posts conspiracies and fiction and hate-speech. But please, for the love of sanity and all that is good, stop making news out of every little logic-less diatribe she casts out. It's really embarrassing !

    November 29, 2010 10:03 pm at 10:03 pm |
  11. Jed

    Another day, another proof of how ignorant this woman is! How can she equate her book with WikiLeaks and that of withholding its publication? Goes to show that she has a one-track mind and she thinks US laws apply anywhere else. How dangerous!

    Only in America can someone so patently stupid can make so much money and ran with it. Only in America can someone so ignorant can even contemplate of running for the highest political office.

    I'm glad to be Canadian.

    November 29, 2010 10:03 pm at 10:03 pm |
  12. Coopm

    Good God this woman needs to shut her oversized trap and go away!

    November 29, 2010 10:04 pm at 10:04 pm |
  13. Max

    Failin' Palin once again demonstrating a clear lack of understanding of law and ethics...

    November 29, 2010 10:07 pm at 10:07 pm |
  14. Anonymous

    Isn't this coming from the same bimbo whose illegal Yahoo! email account was broken into by hackers from 4chan?

    November 29, 2010 10:09 pm at 10:09 pm |
  15. S.B. Stein E.B. NJ

    So, Palin is going to find the person (or persons) who leaked the information? I can't believe that she blames Obama solely for this. We have to question why WikiLeaks is only targetting US documents and not any other countries. That is the better question, and we need to find out why.

    November 29, 2010 10:09 pm at 10:09 pm |
  16. Sam

    So much for one day without the idiot being covered by idiots. I agree with some who say, "Stop covering this moron".

    November 29, 2010 10:13 pm at 10:13 pm |
  17. Jake

    I HATE this woman!! She is McCain's Wikileak! He should have worn his Depends that day!

    November 29, 2010 10:17 pm at 10:17 pm |
  18. bcnu_too

    Can this woman not ever shut her stupid, uneducated, moronic mouth. She isn't even aware apparently that Wikileaks is international and not subject to US jurisdiction. She wants to compare it to her book being leaked. That was a big joke that she went to court to stop the book from being leaked and then the next day or so releases early pages herself. She is such a joke and an embarrassment to the US.

    November 29, 2010 10:23 pm at 10:23 pm |
  19. cw

    Dim-witted pandering to confused Americans bimbo please shut up. You are a big part of the problem – you don't even know the American Freedoms and international laws you would like to violate to stop these leaks. This is not simple unless you are a simpleton.

    November 29, 2010 10:28 pm at 10:28 pm |
  20. rita

    I really need Palin to "Shut UP" !!!! Any one that comments on everything knows NOTHING. Seriously!!! Be quite

    November 29, 2010 10:28 pm at 10:28 pm |
  21. YJ

    Why doesn't she just shut it up?

    November 29, 2010 10:33 pm at 10:33 pm |
  22. kyle

    Will someone tell this woman that she lost the election, and that she does not run anything but her mouth!!!!!!!!!!!!

    November 29, 2010 10:33 pm at 10:33 pm |
  23. Ysidero

    As usual, Palin's comments reveal her lack of knowledge of anything except self-aggrandizement. CNN is right in pointing out that Wikileaks is not subject to US courts, and therefore no injunction could be enforced and the comparison with "her book" is invalid. Besides, ultimately all this is the fruit of the bad seeds the Bush administration sowed in invading Iraq under false pretenses and the horrible sequelae of that invasion. Cheney/Bush/Wolfowitz/Rumsfeld turned the USA into the bully picking on the little guy, instead of the big brother protecting the little guys from the bullies of the world. Thanks, boys.

    November 29, 2010 10:34 pm at 10:34 pm |
  24. Ryan

    Please stop covering her, every time I read/hear something she says I feel like I lose 10 IQ points!

    November 29, 2010 10:34 pm at 10:34 pm |
  25. Michael

    Palin really needs to have other people check her media releases. The article takes the fire out of her statement, when it basically tells Palin that WikiLeaks is not under the jurisdiction of the US Govt. The audacity of Palin to think that her book and Gawker are even in the same spectrum

    November 29, 2010 10:36 pm at 10:36 pm |
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