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. morizla

    Ok Sarah, blame Obama for everything including your stupidity..

    November 30, 2010 12:13 am at 12:13 am |
  2. steven harnack

    Once again she demonstrates her vast ignorance. Sure, just get a judge to tell Wikileaks to stop! One would think that she would get tired of being so wrong so often.

    November 30, 2010 12:13 am at 12:13 am |
  3. Rick

    Palin continues to underscore her lack of real world experience. She continues to lead a traitor class that are willing to sell out the US for their politcal gain and self angrandizement.

    November 30, 2010 12:13 am at 12:13 am |
  4. Mike in Texas

    While Palin is great at doling out criticism, she offers no solutions and if criticized herself blames others or the "Lame Stream" media. She thinks she knows all and can chime in on any subject as an expert.

    She is wrong.

    November 30, 2010 12:16 am at 12:16 am |
  5. Bowman0210

    sarah the quitter, might remember that some of there documens are from the bush admen.

    November 30, 2010 12:16 am at 12:16 am |
  6. Lean6

    This woman is a complete moron with zero class. She's dancing in the street after an attack on America. The media is up her crotch everyday just to keep something in print.

    November 30, 2010 12:17 am at 12:17 am |
  7. video guy

    If CNN and other news outlet stop reporting this ladies crap, she will disappear. Her book sales will drop, and her speeches will be in less demand. Please let put country first, and send her back home.

    November 30, 2010 12:18 am at 12:18 am |
  8. ben

    This woman is once again showing her total ignorance of how the real world works. To blame Obama or any other person for the leaks is ludicrous! Once again, total distortion of facts. Let's see, 8 years of a Republican administration with little regard for cyber security – well, actually no clue whatsoever as to the threats the Internet has brought to our daily lives. Guess she wants only Christians who swear an oath of loyalty and a promise to be good to be in government. Get real Sarah, this country and the rest of the world can not be controlled by you and those that live in a fantasy world. Dealing with the challenges of the world today are so far beyond your intellect (not that you have any intellect to begin with!) that your words – just that – no substance or insightful suggestions on how to deal with these new challenges.

    November 30, 2010 12:18 am at 12:18 am |
  9. Me love you long time John McCain

    This is John McCains favorite photo of Sarah just before she got the job of running mate.John loved the fact that she just couldnt keep her mouth shut,hahaha

    November 30, 2010 12:18 am at 12:18 am |
  10. greed

    Never lose a chance to plug your book, such dedication! Maybe if you cared so much about Alaska you would've seen fit to finish your term. Instead like now, you take any chance you get to make some money. You're not going to run in 2012. Much more profitable to sit out and be a celeb and decry everything without offering solutions.

    November 30, 2010 12:18 am at 12:18 am |
  11. Daniel Corsivo, Fort Bragg NC

    Once again, this woman shows her ignorance knows no bounds. She doesn't know the limitations of the United States judicial system, but she is contemplating a presidential bid in 2012? Good luck with that!

    You can't blame Katie Couric on this one...

    November 30, 2010 12:22 am at 12:22 am |
  12. Ramon

    Could anyone shut her mouth from leaking. Palin SHUT UP!

    November 30, 2010 12:23 am at 12:23 am |
  13. johnRJ08

    A "blast" from Sarah Palin is like a grizzly breaking wind. Hold your nose and go in the other direction.

    November 30, 2010 12:24 am at 12:24 am |
  14. Josh in Sacramento

    God she is sooooooooooooo stupid. She understands literally nothing about the law, the world, or the U.S.

    November 30, 2010 12:24 am at 12:24 am |
  15. George Guadiane - Austerlitz, NY

    Sarah Palin is to International Politics what radioactive thallium is to health food.

    November 30, 2010 12:27 am at 12:27 am |
  16. daniel

    Palin is an idiot. She doesnt have an ounce of common sense or intelligence in her body.

    November 30, 2010 12:28 am at 12:28 am |
  17. johnRJ08

    Palin is so ignorant that she thought the Wikileaks situation was comparable to her lawsuit against Gawker. She said the President could have just asked for an injunction against Wikileaks, as if it were a US entity, which it is not. Not even close. This woman opens her mouth impulsively, before talking to anybody who is more knowledgeable than she about the subject matter, and that's what would make her a dangerous president. Irresponsible doesn't even begin to describe her behavior.

    November 30, 2010 12:29 am at 12:29 am |
  18. Mike Kirkpatrick

    Who's going to save us from the never-ending daily leaks of Mrs. Palin? Enough already! Since when has an uneducated, money grubbing, WAAAAAY past her 15 mins. of fame "celebrity", can't complete 1 term as governor, harpy been an expert on EVERYTHING?!

    November 30, 2010 12:31 am at 12:31 am |
  19. Spencer

    "but US Govt can't stop Wikileaks' treasonous act?""

    This alone proves that Palin doesn't have the smarts to participate in a 1st grade spelling bee.

    November 30, 2010 12:31 am at 12:31 am |
  20. Marcelo

    Funny...why couldn't Palin's crack team stop the online hacker who got into her email and passed it around? How could a simple civilian do this with no real access to her or her information? Oh right...because he had the means, the intelligence, and the tools to get it. Just stop already...

    November 30, 2010 12:31 am at 12:31 am |
  21. Seal from Hell

    The only fiasco here is Sarah Palin. This ignoramus is not able to understand the content of the cables let alone make any comment on them. To even publish her comments is a waste of bandwidth. She has no understanding of how the international legal system works and clearly has no understanding of the Wikileaks situation. She is just another Republican disgrace.

    November 30, 2010 12:33 am at 12:33 am |
  22. marc

    there is no one dumber on this planet that sarah palin. she offers nothing but the media continues to view her as this bright shiny oracle worth giving air time to. leave it to palin to blast the obama administration for leaks exposing the pathetic behavior of the bush admin's state department. tell sarah her 15 minutes was up two years ago

    November 30, 2010 12:34 am at 12:34 am |
  23. Frankie

    Palin is pathetic. She has a U.S. court stop a U.S. publisher from publishing excerpts of her book, so naturally she thinks the U.S. courts can stop an international publisher the U.S. court system has no jurisdiction over. Just another example of how Palin is out of touch with reality. This woman needs to climb under a rock and disappear before she does some real damage.

    November 30, 2010 12:34 am at 12:34 am |
  24. Manuel

    It is truly astonishing how ignorant this woman is. .How can she compare the stopping of her silly book being leaked to the U.S. Government trying to stop this organiztion from leaking these documents? A real piece of work I tell you...

    November 30, 2010 12:35 am at 12:35 am |
  25. leo

    Since Mrs Palin is not privy to any intelligence briefings that could explain how these leaks were obtained and the entire intelligence community has yet to explain how this happened I think it would be wise keep the rhetoric to a minimum. This was by all reports a computer hacker and unless the President is now a computer security expert I think we may want to find out where this information came from. It could have been obtained from a foreign source. Or a spy. Or any number of things. Lets get to the bottom of this before we start with the politics Sara. Who knows, it could have come from Alaska.

    November 30, 2010 12:38 am at 12:38 am |
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