Palin: ‘WikiLeaks Fiasco’ All Obama’s Fault
November 29, 2010
(ChattahBox Politico News)— In between peddling copies of her new ghost-written book, Sarah Palin found the time today to take to Twitter and Facebook to blame the leaks of stolen diplomatic cables on President Obama’s “incompetent handling of this whole fiasco.” On Twitter, the former half-term governor also scored a plug of her book, while also wondering why Obama couldn’t have just sued to stop WikiLeaks like she did with Gawker’s posting of advance passages of her book. On Facebook, Palin slammed Obama for not hunting down WikiLeaks’s founder Julian Assange and taking him out, the same way “we pursue al Qaeda.” Good grief. The conspicuously unintelligent realty TV star and Fox News contributor needs to stick with clubbing halibut to death and shooting stuff, instead of shooting off her mouth to reflexively blame President Obama for everything, just because.
First Palin tweeted: “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?”
Mother Jones’ David Corn quickly disposes of Palin’s just sue WikiLeaks like I did Gawker idiocy, noting the different legal standards and completely opposite situations.
“Inexplicable? Does she not understand the difference between apples and nuclear reactors? The two instances she links have little in common. In the case of her book, she managed to get a judge to order Gawker to take down a post showing portions of her book after the website had put them up,” writes Corn.
Corn goes on to school Palin on the legal standard of “prior restraint” derived from the famous Pentagon Papers case. “The guiding principle here: the government does not have the right to impose prior restraint on the media,” said Corn.
In Palin’s Facebook rant, she asked why Assange wasn’t treated like a terrorist and hunted down, captured and waterboarded, or something.
“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?”
Palin further blamed Obama for not coordinating an international cyber attack of WikiLeaks’ websites.
“What if any diplomatic pressure was brought to bear on NATO, EU, and other allies to disrupt Wikileaks’ technical infrastructure? Did we use all the cyber tools at our disposal to permanently dismantle Wikileaks? Were individuals working for Wikileaks on these document leaks investigated? Shouldn’t they at least have had their financial assets frozen just as we do to individuals who provide material support for terrorist organizations?”
It’s hard to take anything Palin says seriously on even inconsequential issues, but when a real crisis hits or she tries to tackle something of substance, her astonishing lack of intelligence and reflexive hate for Obama is a chilling reminder that this vapid woman plans to run for president.