Sarah Palin compares WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange to al-Qa’ida

American Conservative standard bearer Sarah Palin has compared the founder of Wikileaks to al-Qa’ida and accused US President Barack Obama of not doing enough to prevent the latest release of secret US documents by WikiLeaks.

In a message on her Facebook page, the former Alaska governor and 2008 Republican vice presidential candidate also suggested the use of what she called “cyber tools” to permanently shut down the WikiLeaks site.

Palin, who has been stoking speculation she will run for president in 2012, said the latest release of US documents by WikiLeaks “raises serious questions about the Obama administration’s incompetent handling of this whole fiasco.”

“First and foremost, what steps were taken to stop WikiLeaks director Julian Assange from distributing this highly sensitive classified material especially after he had already published material not once but twice in the previous months?” she asked.

“Assange is not a ‘journalist,’ any more than the ‘editor’ of al-Qa’ida’s new English-language magazine Inspire is a ‘journalist,”’ Palin said of the Australian-born WikiLeaks founder.

“He is an anti-American operative with blood on his hands,” she said.  “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-Qa’ida and Taliban leaders?” she said.  Palin posed a series of questions about the handling of WikiLeaks.

“What if any diplomatic pressure was brought to bear on NATO, EU, and other allies to disrupt WikiLeaks’ technical infrastructure?” she asked. “Did we use all the cyber tools at our disposal to permanently dismantle WikiLeaks?”

Palin noted steps taken by the White House to prevent such leaks from happening again but said “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?” she said.  Palin concluded by saying that US soldiers in Afghanistan are “serious about keeping America safe.”  “It would be great if they could count on their government being equally serious about that vital task,” she said.

Comments on the above story

  • Will Posted at 12:09 PM Today

    Her reaction is typical and not surprising, coming from one of the stupidest politicians on the US far-right. I’m surprised she didn’t suggest his assassination, since she is such a gun-lover. Instead, she suggests the illegal use of ‘cyber tools’ to shut down the site. Her version of a ‘cyber’ gun, I suppose. She is far far more dangerous than Wikileaks could ever be, and no doubt will have plenty of blood on her hands if she ever gets elected to a government job. Imagine the material Wikileaks will be able to leak if she gets anywhere near the White House.

  • Paul of Darwin Posted at 12:02 PM Today

    Goodness this woman reminds me so much of another political disaster (Australian this time) – Pauline Hanson. By the sound of it, the brain can never catch up to the mouth. Unfortunately she sees the US as being always correct in all matters and anyone who may in some way oppose the US or their view needs to be destroyed? This is a classic case of intolerance.

  • Ross of Melbourne Posted at 12:01 PM Today

    If Assange is a terrorist, then are the New York Times also terrorists for publishing the leaked diplomatic cables?

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