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.

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soundoff (300 Responses)
  1. DAVE

    it just is amazing to me that palin can complain about the leaks and blast the president about the problem. this whole thing got started with the home land sucerity set up by the republican leadership. you know the one driving the airline body searching , giving up you rights , and moving information all around the goverment net work for people l;ike this to copy and leak! the republicans are great when it comes to having more power like home land sucerity to gather information but short on the brain power to handle the information or even understand what they are looking at as a threat. just look at the reason for the iraq war and you will understand why the home land sucerity has so many holes in it. i guess she will do anything to keep her name in the press even if she does not have a clue of were the problem begain! she to me is a person that needs a new middle name like SARAH CLUELESS PALIN.

    November 30, 2010 12:38 am at 12:38 am |
  2. Excoastie

    Who cares what Sarah Palin thinks about anything? Since Ms. Palin has stated that hold the media in low esteem why doesn't CNN do the world a favor and allow only Fox to comment on her verbal intercourse.

    November 30, 2010 12:39 am at 12:39 am |
  3. David Ching

    the fact that this woman is making millions of dollars and getting free publicity is a testament to the stupidity of mankind.

    November 30, 2010 12:40 am at 12:40 am |
  4. cel

    it's most likely the right wing fascists leaking this stuff trying to make the current administration look bad. I wouldn't believe anything she says. wish she would just stop the lies and go away.

    November 30, 2010 12:40 am at 12:40 am |
  5. Adam Sorensen

    Get off the campaign trail for once Sarah and get behind your President. This is an American issue here – not a Democratic or Republican one!!

    November 30, 2010 12:44 am at 12:44 am |
  6. Levi

    This woman is incredibly stupid. How does she think getting a court order in the US is going to stop people in a foreign country?

    November 30, 2010 12:45 am at 12:45 am |
  7. Frank

    Whew Sarah! We know what you mean! See, there was this lousy President named George Bush who promised to fire whoever outed Sarah Plame. Then, it turned out that his VP DICK Cheney and his best bud Karl Rove had a role in it, but Bush did nothing about his friends' involvement in a treasonous act.

    November 30, 2010 12:46 am at 12:46 am |
  8. please no more

    does everything this women tweet have to be on the ticker! sheesh enough already this women couldn't even run Alaska who cares!! tired of it!!!!!

    November 30, 2010 12:47 am at 12:47 am |
  9. Paul ny

    Wow is she really that stupid?

    November 30, 2010 12:47 am at 12:47 am |
  10. Marge

    It is such a shame that CNN tries to outdo fox trying to make Palin seem normal. She is the worst thing that ever happened to this country and the MSM is constantly throwing her in people's faces. I guess Discovery found out how stupid and lack luster the people think she is. Of course her show had viewers the first night people were curious, and the show is now sinking, sinking sinking. It will probably end up with NO audience. BUT don't worry the media will find something else to push this money grubber in front of the camera for....what a joke. No wonder McCain's popularity plummeted also, he gave us Palin and people can never forgive him for it.

    And post down the drain I made light of CNN's darling Palin.

    November 30, 2010 12:48 am at 12:48 am |
  11. E.J Iin Tacoma

    Who does this woman think she is ? She was a quiter when it came to governing her own state. She lost McCain the election in 2008. Her daughter ismaking a total fool of herself in public and on TV because of her mothers lack of teaching her about the birds and bees.
    Each time Palin slams Obama it makes her look very naive and uninformed. I hope she does win the nomination of the Republican party and falls flat on her face she needs to come down from the roof of her own glass house. I'm sorry but she is no Hillary she will not crack the ceiling in any way shape or form.
    Sincerely EJ

    November 30, 2010 12:49 am at 12:49 am |
  12. kawsara

    I wonder if she even read anything from Wiki leaks before opening her dumb & stupid mouth ?? Palin should stay on TLC & keep fishing in Alaska.

    November 30, 2010 12:49 am at 12:49 am |
  13. Pusser

    I'm sure her 18-months as an elected official arms her to control leaks and the world. Wait. 18-months governing a state with like 600,000 population? In control? STOP THE INSANITY!!!

    November 30, 2010 12:49 am at 12:49 am |
  14. Xanthippe

    The woman enjoys telling lies and blaming everything on Obama...she repulses me!

    November 30, 2010 12:50 am at 12:50 am |
  15. forty

    Will it ever end? She blames the media for attacking her, when the media are the ones that keep her going. She is a series of talking points with nothing to back them up. Her refusal to face the media for questions is all the evidence you need to see just how shallow she is.

    November 30, 2010 12:50 am at 12:50 am |
  16. Aaron

    Too bad that Palin wasn't there to handle the leaks. After she got some help with the big words (i.e. those over 5 letters) in the documents, she could berate the leak publisher ad nauseum and say that she could publish the leaks so much better than him.

    November 30, 2010 12:51 am at 12:51 am |
  17. Ann

    It's ok to hear you from time to time.. Mrs. Palin. I even agree with you when you are critical of Obama on domestic issues. But if you were really a patriot, you would shut up now. This is too serious and nobody needs your amateurish analysis.

    November 30, 2010 12:51 am at 12:51 am |
  18. carrotroot

    Palin the wise has spoken! Yes let's have a US judge order this guy in sweeden to cease what he is doing, because after all this is what sarah did when her book was leaked to the press. Sheesh.

    November 30, 2010 12:54 am at 12:54 am |
  19. james mraz

    Another reason why this woman should not be president, she thinks the USA can run other countries courts? she is mentally retarded. your book was in USA courts dummy.

    November 30, 2010 12:56 am at 12:56 am |
  20. Karen

    Sarah – You are no longer an elected official. Please just do your book tour, reality show etc. and stop butting in to things you have no clue as to what is going on. You need to understand that the government is working. You do not have all the details so just be a nice lady and go back to Alaska. We are all getting Sarah fatigued.

    November 30, 2010 12:56 am at 12:56 am |
  21. lmb

    "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.

    So dumb that she doesn't realize that the releasing of documents by an Australian citizen through a Swedish company cannot be called treason. Her lack of laws or foreign policy clearly shows her ignorance.

    November 30, 2010 12:58 am at 12:58 am |
  22. keeth in cali

    "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."

    Sarah Palin either doesn't understand the difference between jurisdictions, or she does and she knows her followers don't and will become enraged at the Obama admin for not stopping Wikileaks in US Federal Court. Either way, she's dangerous to our nation's health.

    November 30, 2010 01:00 am at 1:00 am |
  23. Alaskan Sourdough

    Oh shut up Sarah the quitter, this is obviously beyond your feeble mind when we're dealing with "International"crimes. The leaks of your stupid fairy tale book was within the USA. You're too stupid to understand. Go back to some deserted island and you won't have to deal with problems that are beyond your comprehention.

    November 30, 2010 01:01 am at 1:01 am |
  24. Ronnie

    Enough with the talking points already, enough. Do you have an opinion of your own. Do you want the administration to make a big deal about this situation and draw more attention to it? What can the administration possibly do right away, if someone who is not a US citizen releases some documents from some part of the world. More than your stupidity, I hate the fact there are people out there who still support you.

    November 30, 2010 01:01 am at 1:01 am |
  25. xrk9854

    Palin once again shows herself as a bafoon; she clearly has no idea of how the justice system works.

    November 30, 2010 01:02 am at 1:02 am |
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