Sarah Palin says Wikileaks founder making things up
December 7th, 2010
04:57 PM ET
12 years ago

Sarah Palin says Wikileaks founder making things up

Washington (CNN) – Sarah Palin is telling one of the world's most controversial figures: don't put words in my mouth.

On Tuesday, Palin tweeted: "Someone making things up again? Keep seeing this quote attributed to me. Huh?"

The former Alaska governor included a link to National Review Online posting.

That post is partly titled, "Julian Assange Notices Sarah Palin's Criticism." Assange is the editor-in-chief of Wikileaks. He's earned international scorn for recently posting over 250,000 U.S. State Department documents. On Tuesday, he handed himself over to police officials in London on unrelated sex charges and was denied bail after appearing in court.

But the National Review is referring to Assange's fresh op-ed, that currently appears in the newspaper The Australian, and that is what prompted Palin's tweet.

In the op-ed, Assange defends the publication of the secret documents. But he also writes, "Sarah Palin says I should be 'hunted down like Osama bin Laden."

It's that quote, being attributed to Palin, that apparently has her up in arms.

In a November 29 Facebook posting, Palin blasted the Obama administration's handling of the matter. And she also wrote, "Assange is not a 'journalist,' any more than the 'editor' of al Qaeda's new English-language magazine Inspire is a 'journalist.' He is an anti-American operative with blood on his hands. His past posting of classified documents revealed the identity of more than 100 Afghan sources to the Taliban. Why was he not pursued with the same urgency we pursue al Qaeda and Taliban leaders?"

Though Palin clearly calls for pursuing Assange like al Qaeda leaders are being pursued, she did not exactly write that he should be "hunted down like Osama bin Laden."

As for the other part of Palin's tweet, "Keep seeing this quote," CNN checked to see if it's been reported other places and could not find any other citations of it.

Filed under: Sarah Palin • WikiLeaks
soundoff (172 Responses)
  1. Mike

    She's just jealous that he's getting more attention for making things up than she does when she makes them up.

    December 7, 2010 08:37 pm at 8:37 pm |
  2. Oh Oh

    Hmmm....If Palin is against this man, I think this man may be telling the truth. Palin is foul, or fowl...whichever one you deem acceptable. As far as "someone making things up again?".....Palin is the queen of making things up, or distorting the facts, spewing hatred, etc. I suppose Palin sees herself as a funny. Once again, Palin is trying to bring down our President....she, in my opinion, should be tried for treason, or at the very least be tried for inciting hatred in America.

    December 7, 2010 08:38 pm at 8:38 pm |
  3. Observer

    Got to think Palin's probably right about this. If anyone should be an expert on making things up, it's Palin.

    December 7, 2010 08:39 pm at 8:39 pm |
  4. Skipper

    Sarah Palin calling someone out on fictitious quotes?!?! HA! She gained her fame that way, why cant someone else?? She did stay in character however, and lie about how many places she read the quote. (Either that or she keeps reading the quote in the same place and doesn't realize it.....)

    December 7, 2010 08:40 pm at 8:40 pm |
  5. ficheye

    Ridiculous. She is virtually saying the same thing, but she is just 'parsing' the whole issue to make herself look better. Our country is toast if she ever gets near the presidency.

    December 7, 2010 08:41 pm at 8:41 pm |
  6. IVOTE

    Sarah, you keep voicing your unwanted opnion of everyone who is newsworthy almost daily. Try silence for a month, stop talking about other people and they will not talk about you.

    December 7, 2010 08:42 pm at 8:42 pm |
  7. independent

    Are the people who follow her as detached from reality as she consistently appears to be?

    December 7, 2010 08:43 pm at 8:43 pm |
  8. Shmeepy27

    What an idiot. She's really going to split hairs like that? We all speak english, Sarah. While it was inaccurate, word for word, that's basically what you said. Stop with the smoke screens, please.

    December 7, 2010 08:44 pm at 8:44 pm |
  9. charles

    she is inconsequential to absolutely everything. She adds nothing to any discussion. How can she possibly still be news worthy?

    December 7, 2010 08:44 pm at 8:44 pm |
  10. guestinheimer

    In the real world Palin is in Prison and the cool Brit with the leaky website is on the Riviera

    December 7, 2010 08:45 pm at 8:45 pm |
  11. Marfo

    File under moron.

    December 7, 2010 08:47 pm at 8:47 pm |
  12. K in Miami

    The day this childish immature pathetic person leaves this earth will be a day of enfamy.....This woman is one of the MOST DISGUSTING PEOPLE that we've seen come onto the national seen in quite some time....

    John McCain will forever be linked to this attention seeking EGOMANIAC that we know as Sarah Palin....!

    December 7, 2010 08:49 pm at 8:49 pm |
  13. Bristol

    isn't Osama Bin Laden the leader of Al Quaeda?

    December 7, 2010 08:49 pm at 8:49 pm |
  14. Jack Davies

    Sooo surprised that she's full of it on this, because gosh, she's just so honest everywhere else!

    December 7, 2010 08:50 pm at 8:50 pm |
  15. Sallie

    You can almost feel her giddiness at the thought that someone on the international stage actually acknowledged her stupid opinions. She doesn't care what Assange says or does. She's just happy he used her name.

    December 7, 2010 08:52 pm at 8:52 pm |
  16. Irony

    LOLZ at Sarah Palin accusing somebody else of making things up!

    December 7, 2010 08:53 pm at 8:53 pm |
  17. Floyd Knight

    Only Sarah can twist facts. How dare someone else.

    December 7, 2010 08:54 pm at 8:54 pm |
  18. LMC

    Sarah's fact checkers must not be working too hard!

    December 7, 2010 08:57 pm at 8:57 pm |
  19. Mike S.

    Please God, make her shut up.

    December 7, 2010 08:59 pm at 8:59 pm |
  20. Irony

    It must be awfully upsetting to her to think that somebody else might be muscling in on her "making things up" turf.

    December 7, 2010 08:59 pm at 8:59 pm |
  21. Sandra

    Seems every time someone says anything bad about Sarah, she calls them un-american? He just paraphrased what she said. It is VERY American to use your First Amendment Rights. If you can't stand the heat, stay out of the kitchen, Sarah!

    December 7, 2010 09:02 pm at 9:02 pm |
  22. Mark

    Please, please, please -just ignore the woman and let her quietly fade away. She's not worth the time anybody is putting into it.

    December 7, 2010 09:08 pm at 9:08 pm |
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