Former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin took to her favorite mode of communication Monday – Facebook – and harshly criticized the Obama administration’s response to the latest WikiLeaks release.
In a post titled “Serious Questions about the Obama Administration’s Incompetence in the Wikileaks Fiasco,” Palin wrote that the most recent WikiLeaks disclosure of previously classified documents raises serious concerns about the administration’s “incompetent handling of this whole fiasco.”
Palin went on to ask what steps have been taken since the first WikiLeaks release to stop the organization’s director, Julian Assange, from distributing even more harmful material. Palin barely paused long enough for any one of her fans to shout a loud “none!” at their computer screens before going on to classify Assange as an “anti-American operative with blood on his hands”.
“Assange is not a ‘journalist,’ any more than the ‘editor’ of al Qaeda’s new English-language magazine Inspire is a ‘journalist,’” wrote Palin. “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?”
The potential 2012 presidential candidate then switched directions, assailing the U.S. security system.
“How was it possible that a 22-year-old Private First Class could get unrestricted access to so much highly sensitive information?” asked Palin, referring to Army Intelligence analyst Bradley Manning, who is believed to be the main leaker. “And how was it possible that he could copy and distribute these files without anyone noticing that security was compromised?”
After the latest information release, the White House issued orders directing federal agencies to take immediate steps to prevent further leaks. But even that, according to Palin, was a failure on the part of the administration.
“But why did the White House not publish these orders after the first lead back in July? What explains this strange lack of urgency on their part?”
She continued: “We are at war. American soldiers are in Afghanistan fighting to protect our freedoms. They are serious about keeping America safe. It would be great if they could count on their government being equally serious about that vital task.”