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.

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soundoff (300 Responses)
  1. robertj298

    And we have more stupidity coming out of Ms. Sarahs mouth. Hard to believe someone with her lack of brains can get so much attention

    November 29, 2010 11:54 pm at 11:54 pm |
  2. ChiTownArkie

    Sarah, just take go home. Please?

    November 29, 2010 11:54 pm at 11:54 pm |
  3. Jon D Gustafson

    I love her-if you don't she is going to kick your butt. She is a force of nature.

    November 29, 2010 11:55 pm at 11:55 pm |
  4. Stosh

    So why is this news? We don't see news headlines every time Rush Limbaugh or Glenn Beck attack the President. Palin is no more relevantg than they are. So why all these stories everytime she spews some nonsense?

    November 29, 2010 11:56 pm at 11:56 pm |
  5. BN4Real

    Why is the news continuing to print/air/publish any of the comments that this woman is putting out there. Her track record of ignorant comments stands for itself next to Michelle Bachman. She and Bachman continue to open mouth and insert their feet and people let their dumbness over ride common sense. They are a threat to our national security. When other nations hear them speak, I am sure that they sit around the dinner table and chuckle. Please for the love of our country send this woman back to her island where she can watch the Polar bears play not the deer and the antelope part of the country.

    November 29, 2010 11:56 pm at 11:56 pm |
  6. Tim Bergsten

    Her moment in the sun will last a little longer, then she'll go back to Alaska and live a quiet life killing small animals.

    November 29, 2010 11:56 pm at 11:56 pm |
  7. BN4Real

    As far as blaming the Obama administration for not preventing more leaks, Palin's mouth is the biggest leak of them all. Please put a stopper in that drain on the brain.l

    November 29, 2010 11:58 pm at 11:58 pm |
  8. Patrick

    Obama should heed her advice and do a better job of hiding facts from people. For example, if some executive did something like, say, try to make rape victims pay for their own rape kits, or say stole $230 million in other peoples' tax money to pay for their own fiscal irresponsibility when a pork project was cancelled, or maybe promised $500 million to a company if they don't build a gas pipeline that isn't guranteed to provide anyone in the US with anything...I would sure want to keep people from talking about it. Obama should ask his dad and his spouse if it's ok if he quits and goes on a propaganda network. That's what leadership is all about!

    November 29, 2010 11:58 pm at 11:58 pm |
  9. sharon

    Can't we have a Palin free day at CNN?

    A day free of her ignorance?

    Her book was leaked. She didn't stop the leaks. She can't stop beaking off, either.

    November 29, 2010 11:59 pm at 11:59 pm |
  10. vanessa

    not surprised that she had 2 goive her opinion.. this woman just wont shut up! i guess we eventually have resign ourselves.. might as well have agood laugh!

    November 29, 2010 11:59 pm at 11:59 pm |
  11. RandyBuist

    Could Palin just keep her mouth shut for 24 hours. Seriously, she tries to make the headlines every day.... not bad for someone who doesn't know the difference between North & South Korea... or was that Vietnam?

    November 29, 2010 11:59 pm at 11:59 pm |
  12. petros

    She is looser. why don't you stop covering any thing about her? she is not an important lady.

    November 29, 2010 11:59 pm at 11:59 pm |
  13. paul

    "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." Plus the government is a little bigger then her publisher.
    Funny how Ms Palin dose not understand that. Oh yeah she wouldn't know what international means, but she can see Russia from her house.

    November 30, 2010 12:01 am at 12:01 am |
  14. paul

    Please CNN stop putting anything this lady says in the news, please please!!!!!

    November 30, 2010 12:02 am at 12:02 am |
  15. BPstinks

    Sarah Falin is losing ground...of course she gives her two cents.....she needs to yell and scream to stay in the media.....Sarah Falin, what if everybody would quit now like you?
    Oh Falin Sarah you.....

    November 30, 2010 12:02 am at 12:02 am |
  16. LCSWquilter

    Oh, really Sarah? I seem to recall you couldn't prevent an amateur from hacking into your personal e-mail account with Yahoo while governor of Alaska.

    November 30, 2010 12:03 am at 12:03 am |
  17. jakinak

    You don't have to like Sarah Palin's politics, but you have to admit that any competent administration would have been ahead of this..

    November 30, 2010 12:04 am at 12:04 am |
  18. Joshua Ludd

    Call me back when you have a serious job you haven't quit halfway through, Sarah Pale-imitation-of-a-decent-candidate.

    November 30, 2010 12:06 am at 12:06 am |
  19. a6102658

    Why won't you go away?.....

    November 30, 2010 12:07 am at 12:07 am |
  20. Bob

    In other news, racist fearmonger calls news source, "shady" for providing true information,
    and applauds FBI for propping-up the War on Terror with arrest of Teen they entrapped into
    terroism plot.

    Way to go, Sarah!

    November 30, 2010 12:08 am at 12:08 am |
  21. Brennan

    Thats right! Now lets go support our North Korean allies! You're an idiot Palin..... Go back to Alaska!

    November 30, 2010 12:10 am at 12:10 am |
  22. Ed Faison

    I am so happy that Sara Palin resigned her elected position after two years so she can tell all the more competent politicans how to do a good job. A curse on you John McCain for unleasing the Kraken upon us. News medias please stop reporting news stories about this lame brained woman whio is nothing but a news celebrity. I will no longer respond or acknowledge any news stores about this unamerican woman and her news seeking family

    November 30, 2010 12:10 am at 12:10 am |
  23. Sofie

    This woman is a complete moron and an insult to intelligent American voters. Hopefully, there will be someone more qualified and competent from the right to challenge in 2012.

    November 30, 2010 12:11 am at 12:11 am |
  24. fmb

    Palin has the intelect of a 10 year old, yet CNN opts to post her comments as if she has the clout of a authentic philosopher. To use the term "blasts" Obama is similar to saying that a person on a bycile riding through a puddle of water created a sunami that will destroy NY City.

    Stop forcing a paricite on the american public. She quit her job as gov. after 2 years and no journalist has challenged her as to why? What would be your conversation had a college professor accepted grandpa McCain VP selection and the subsequent loss?
    You minimize your value when talking about riff raff.

    November 30, 2010 12:11 am at 12:11 am |
  25. RLS-Cleveland, OH

    Oh Please-CNN- Seriously- stop reporting on her thoughts, insane as they are............she's not relevant to the rational world-why must you keep disgracing your site with this mindless bimbo's rambling thoughts?

    November 30, 2010 12:12 am at 12:12 am |
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