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. me

    Just another platform to push her new published dribble, the sooner you quit writing about this travesty the quicker she will go away.

    November 29, 2010 11:32 pm at 11:32 pm |
  2. alex

    next time you like say anything please dont hide behind a computer or radio talk shows

    November 29, 2010 11:34 pm at 11:34 pm |
  3. kakaraka

    Clueless. Why apply american rule to international newspaper? This woman doesn't have any clue.

    November 29, 2010 11:34 pm at 11:34 pm |
  4. Susan Townsend

    Dear Sarah, Maybe this was done to make Iran think everyone wants to attack them. This is a strategy used on bullies. This is why you are not president.

    November 29, 2010 11:34 pm at 11:34 pm |
  5. Ihope sheruns

    This just shows how politically inept Palin is. She does not even have the slightest idea of international jurisdictions and then wants to be US President? comparing the stoppage of the leak of her stupid book to a leak by an international organization that its sole purpose is to do so is pure ignorance and clearly shows her shallow mind. I really hope she runs in 2012 so even her own party would tear her apart. It is the best this that can happen to Obama.

    November 29, 2010 11:35 pm at 11:35 pm |
  6. The Veteran

    Palin doesn't have a clue about how to fight terrorism. All she does is runs her mouth, and sell newpapers. She is the classic example of a simpleton who wins over other simpletons, simply because she is simple.

    November 29, 2010 11:35 pm at 11:35 pm |
  7. A female in Wyoming

    Does the dingbat understand that Wikileak is a global organization that is run by volunteers in many countries? The founder is an Australian man. Why does she think Obama himself can do anything to stop this? I don't know how this PFC was able to obtain this information and he should be tried for treason, but this is not Obama's personal problem. This woman is such an uninformed idiot who is trying really hard to pretend she is suddenly an informed, intelligent person. Won't work dingbat, we all already know who and what you are.

    November 29, 2010 11:36 pm at 11:36 pm |
  8. Mimi

    Why is it that the media cares what this obviously mental challenged person has to say about anything? I think it just fuels the fire to keep giving this woman air time. MOST americans are sick to death of her. I am sure if you wanted to actually post an intelligent statement about important issue you could always ask Hillary Clinton, or Condolezza Rice two very inteligent woman with creditability. Let the comedy shows give Sarah Palin air time that is where she belongs.

    November 29, 2010 11:38 pm at 11:38 pm |
  9. GeorgeVT

    huh... so strange for Palin to not understand the FACT that a US Court can't stop Wiki-anything... but to go on and make specific and completely inaccurate comparisons anyways

    November 29, 2010 11:39 pm at 11:39 pm |
  10. Gdawg

    Palin is truly an idiot, an exceptional idiot at that. She's just rabidly foaming out nonsense. The fact that she can't fathom how someone with a clearance got/stole files and how wikileaks can publish them shows how utterly thick the woman is.

    November 29, 2010 11:39 pm at 11:39 pm |
  11. Jerry

    Dear Sarah: I really, really think you should run for President in 2012. In fact, I'll do anything I can to help you win the Republican nomination. I think having you as an opponent would be great fun. Anything I can do to help just let me know. Your friend, Barack.

    November 29, 2010 11:40 pm at 11:40 pm |
  12. Don W

    Palin criticizes without any knowledge or curiosity of the jurisdiction issues involved and that current efforts being made to stop future leaks are secret from people like her without office or influence. She is the most profound reminder of her own ignorance.

    November 29, 2010 11:40 pm at 11:40 pm |
  13. paul

    oh yes she obviously knows better. Besides the fact that wikileaks is based in Sweden and is an independent international organization. Not much treason there and not much the US government or courts can do either

    November 29, 2010 11:40 pm at 11:40 pm |
  14. jon

    I'm sure Sarah could have handled it all so much better.

    Lord, when will this brainless bimbo go away?

    When will some journalist do a little digging and find out who and how many Republican party hacks are hand feeding this witch?

    November 29, 2010 11:42 pm at 11:42 pm |
  15. Jason

    Wasn't the current system of shared intelligence that resulted in the leak a policy originating under Republican rule? Yet, once again, Obama gets the blame. I suppose he was supposed to see the leaked documents in his crystal ball and stop it before it happened.

    November 29, 2010 11:44 pm at 11:44 pm |
  16. Buck Jackson

    Who cares what she thinks? Her comments are not relevant.

    November 29, 2010 11:45 pm at 11:45 pm |
  17. John J, IN

    You're an idiot, Barbie. Shut up already.

    November 29, 2010 11:45 pm at 11:45 pm |
  18. Spencer

    go back to alaska and shut up you idiot!

    November 29, 2010 11:46 pm at 11:46 pm |
  19. Patrick

    Is she serious? PLEASE GO AWAY!

    November 29, 2010 11:46 pm at 11:46 pm |
  20. normajean

    If Sarah Palins head gets any bigger,it will explode and there will be sawdust all over the place.. SHE TAKES ON THINGS SHE KNOWS NOTHING ABOUT.These two cases are entirely different,She actually accomplished nothing because her book was already out!!!.. She is just a big 'Blow hard" that continues to show her ignorance every time she thinks she's being clever.!!! People like that, {all mouth, no brain} can be very dangerous because they talk without thinking.Unfortunately, there are a lot of people like that running around loose. Some even running for office!!!!!Heaven help us all.!!!!

    November 29, 2010 11:47 pm at 11:47 pm |
  21. michael

    At least he knows the difference between communist North Korea and South Korea – that's called educating oneself!
    But, no one can stop someone from leaking documents.

    November 29, 2010 11:48 pm at 11:48 pm |
  22. Capiers

    Didn't hear anyone slamming the Bush Admin when the "Iraq war logs" were leaked. This woman is an opportunistic cow.

    November 29, 2010 11:49 pm at 11:49 pm |
  23. No more Palin stories..please

    If she were President she would have quit by now.

    November 29, 2010 11:49 pm at 11:49 pm |
  24. Joe Johnston

    Palin, you say you are journalist. Why is it that you can't write a coherent sentence?
    The fact is you can't write any better than I can so shut your trap you complete and
    utter moron.

    November 29, 2010 11:52 pm at 11:52 pm |
  25. Michael Tesla

    Didn't really have anything to do with Obama. Sarah, why don't you keep your mouth closed you brainless simpleton. Noone with an IQ in triple digits really cares about your opinions.

    November 29, 2010 11:54 pm at 11:54 pm |
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