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. Mr.Sensible

    what an idiot always pointing fingers how is it the Presidents fault so Obama supposed to be a computer tech guy or cyber security expert now huh. This woman always makes bombastic nonsensical statemnts can she ever calm down for a sec and use her dumb brain and reason. Wikilieaks is not based in the U.S they are from sweden how can u use an american court to block somethin dats whithin international jurisdiction. the whole thing is a mess but maybe this a wake up call that the State Department needs to insituite tougher cyber security measures and further scrutinise their employees make sure those who have acess to classified info should have proper security clearance and trained to protect such information.finger pointing wouldnt do a thing to help the darn thing has already been leaked can only do damage control from here.

    November 29, 2010 10:38 pm at 10:38 pm |
  2. D Rreilly

    Ms. Palin sure like to put out her two cents even though she has no common cents.

    November 29, 2010 10:38 pm at 10:38 pm |
  3. BJ

    The leaks are probably coming from her folk. They will do anything to win in 2012 include stuff the ballot box.

    November 29, 2010 10:39 pm at 10:39 pm |
  4. Anne Marie

    Sarah, please keep on doing what you're doing. You have all our support. We want you to run in 2012. I cannot wait to listen to you everyday. After all, laughter is the best medicine. Every time you open your mouth, I cannot wait to hear your fractured English. But promise us – if you lose, do us a favor – please go away forever and promise never to return again.

    November 29, 2010 10:42 pm at 10:42 pm |
  5. Name

    Things are being leaked every day by this quitter!!!

    November 29, 2010 10:43 pm at 10:43 pm |
  6. D-Nice

    Does this lady not check into anything before she starts typing. As CNN stated this is an international site which the US government has no juristiction over. Someone who wants to be president should know these things. Also the PFC has the same access as thousands of other military personel, which is basic access for anyone in the intelligence community. Most of these leaks are nothing new. Come on CNN, do you have to cover every facebook post this uninformed lady makes and act like it's news??

    November 29, 2010 10:48 pm at 10:48 pm |
  7. works for me

    alright... I give up... who's writing this stuff??

    November 29, 2010 10:51 pm at 10:51 pm |
  8. District8Voter

    You actually linked us to her Facebook? Unbelievable. Uneffinbelievable.
    If it was so "stoppable", why didn't she do something about it?
    And in the end, it is just another innocuous event that doesn't really matter. In the end, it just gives this stupid Palin creature something else to biatch about. SQUIRREL!

    November 29, 2010 10:54 pm at 10:54 pm |
  9. Anonymous

    Her ignorance never fails to stump me every time she opens her mouth

    November 29, 2010 10:55 pm at 10:55 pm |
  10. Marcus

    Whoever tried to explain to Palin what was this whole situation either did a poor job or, more likely, wasted his/her time.
    Let's see...
    Wikileaks is NOT under US jurisdiction.
    Wikileaks is NOT under US jurisdiction.
    Wikileaks is NOT under US jurisdiction.
    Wikileaks is NOT under US jurisdiction.
    Wikileaks is NOT under US jurisdiction.

    NOW do you understand it Ms. Palin?

    November 29, 2010 10:57 pm at 10:57 pm |
  11. reality

    spoken by someone who can't even prevent her email from getting hacked.

    November 29, 2010 10:57 pm at 10:57 pm |
  12. walter yurek

    this dimwitted cartoon character has an answer for everything under the sun

    November 29, 2010 10:57 pm at 10:57 pm |
  13. PAUL W.

    Give me a break Sarah, you have no idea what you are talking about. Bush and Chaney did more damage to our credibility by more than a dozen policy decisions, not the least of which being the invasion of Iraq. Obama isn't even remotely responsible for WikiLeak's actions. Get a grip dingbat!

    November 29, 2010 10:58 pm at 10:58 pm |
  14. Martha

    Oh, so now this is Obama's fault. I bet Palin doesn't even know what Wikileaks is......Who cares what Palin has to say in this anyway.....

    November 29, 2010 10:58 pm at 10:58 pm |
  15. go away sarah palin

    all i ever read abut sarah palin is her criticism, and inside that, her stupidity! I bet you sarah palin thinks wikileaks is an american based company. that would make her erroneous comment about her book being published on a website make some sense! International law is a little different, princess. how about you teach your children some manners instead of spreading the hate.

    November 29, 2010 10:59 pm at 10:59 pm |
  16. Mike

    Palin? You kidding? incompetent is a person who can't answer simple questions, and ducks the media. What a freak................. Stay in Alaska!!! Mrs Bush rocks!!! Great family.

    November 29, 2010 11:00 pm at 11:00 pm |
  17. One in Arizona

    I'm really starting to hate this woman. Does she ever keep her mouth shut??

    November 29, 2010 11:01 pm at 11:01 pm |
  18. Craig

    People, especially those that may be tempted to vote for her, need to pay attention to her comments. She's not even smart enough to realize that there are companies in this world that are not in the U.S. The more she talks, the more she scares the crap out of me, simply because there are people out there that are just like her. They lack the common sense needed to make an intelligent decision. They see something and instead of thinking about it first, they decide instead to shoot their mouth off. And this is the result. The Stupid Palin Comment of the Day. It would be funny if she wasn't threatening to run for the office with the button.

    November 29, 2010 11:01 pm at 11:01 pm |
  19. cxd

    If Sarah had a bigger head, she'd be a bigger fool........

    November 29, 2010 11:01 pm at 11:01 pm |
  20. Jesse

    Palin needs to educate herself on this topic. Technically, wikileaks' actions are not "treasonous" and can't be "stopped by a U.S. court" because wikileaks is not a U.S. website or run by U.S. citizens. This entire situation is a very gray area because wikileaks isn't employed by or committing espionage for a specific nation-state. In no way do I support what wikileaks is doing, but I really grow tired of hearing Palin use every incident in the world for her own personal gain and attention. Yeah, I'm so sure she would be doing a much better job than President Obama. (sarcasm)

    November 29, 2010 11:02 pm at 11:02 pm |
  21. Michelle

    Can we PLEASE stop reporting on this woman's every backseat-driving utterance? She's nobody. She's nothing. She's incompetent and irrelevant. Those who can govern, do... Sarah Palin, on the other hand, takes paychecks from Fox News to make shrill, misinformed, alarmist, and divisive pronouncements on matters of which she knows nothing.

    November 29, 2010 11:02 pm at 11:02 pm |
  22. L

    Good grief, this is so naive! Copyright law used to suppress unauthorized quoting of her book can not be applied to government documents. Just read a tiny bit of copyright law and the difference is obvious.

    The military had a badly inadequate security system on their secrets. A private was able to break it wide open, and did most of his theft a while ago (he;s been in custody for quite a while), yet she'll try to assert that this is Obama's personal fault.

    This is her lie de jour!

    November 29, 2010 11:03 pm at 11:03 pm |
  23. Jim

    You have to admit she's an expert on incompetence.

    November 29, 2010 11:05 pm at 11:05 pm |
  24. God the Real God

    Sarah, you silly fool. Just shut up.

    November 29, 2010 11:05 pm at 11:05 pm |
  25. myem

    Once again Sarah shows her lack of understanding when it comes to the "subtle" complexities of the situation. Sarah, it's called "international" law. Of course, this was coming from one who couldn't even keep her yahoo e-mail account from being hacked. Oh my.....keep on talking Sarah....sooner or later most people will know your total lack of comprehension when it comes to anything short of beating a fish with a baseball bat. Yeah, you really are impressive.

    November 29, 2010 11:05 pm at 11:05 pm |
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