In a post on her Facebook page, Sarah Palin admonishes Barack Obama for the latest Wikileaks disaster. The latest revelations involves some embarrassing and potentially harmful things that the U.S. State Department wanted to keep secret.
For example, it seems that Secretary of State Hillary Clinton ordered American diplomats to spy on UN leaders in New York.
Another example: The Saudis have been urging the United States, with the same urgency as Israel, to bomb Iranian nuclear sites.
And Iran has acquired missiles from North Korea (talk about Axis of Evil!) and has shipped arms to Hezbollah concealed in ambulances.
Mind, none of these revelations or any of the many others that have been unearthed in leaked State Department cables should prove to be a surprise to anyone paying attention to world events. Did anyone doubt that the UN is a nest of spies, with everyone spying on everyone? Or that the Saudis are just as afraid of Iranian nukes as the Israelis are? Or that there is nothing so perfidious that the Iranians would not be involved in it?
In any case, people should not be allowed to leak secret US government information and get away with it. There is a particular Army Private First Class who is going to be uncomfortable for the rest of his miserable life, which may not be very long if he is charged with treason.
Palin, in the meanwhile, suggests the Obama administration has dropped the ball in closing off the Wikileaks problem. Why, Palin asks, have measures not been taken to disrupt Wikileaks’ technical infrastructure? It seems that if computer viruses can be introduced to slow down the Iranian nuclear bomb program, then another could be used to disrupt Julian Assange’s operation.
And speaking of Assange, Palin has another question:
“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? 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?”
Even though “pursued” is a word that can have a lot of different meanings, ABC News’ John Berman wonders openly if Sarah Palin would like to see Julian Assange killed.
“Given that the U.S. regularly targets suspected Al Qaeda leaders with missile or drone strikes, is she suggesting that Assange should have been whacked?”
One suspects that if Sarah Palin had meant “killed” she would have said “killed.” The Mama Grizzly does not tend to mince words when it comes to the enemies of the United States. Mind, if Assange were to meet with some unexplained accident, there are a lot of people who would not lose sleep. Assange seems to get off on tormenting the United States not so much for the ideological thrill of it, though it is there, but for the psychological head rush it gives him.
Palin likely means captured, extradited, prosecuted, and then imprisoned. Congressman Peter King suggests that Julian Assange should be declared an enemy combatant, which would take away a lot of rights he would enjoy as a mere criminal. This would likely suit as well.
In any case, people like Assange would find life far more difficult if Sarah Palin were President and not Barack Obama.
Sources: Serious Questions about the Obama Administration’s Incompetence in the Wikileaks Fiasco, Sarah Palin, Facebook, November 29th, 2010
US Diplomats Told to Spy on Other Countries at United Nations, Der Spiegel, November 28th, 2010
Saudi Arabia urges US attack on Iran to stop nuclear programme,Ian Black and Simon Tisdall, The Guardian, November 28th, 2010
Iran Fortifies Its Arsenal With the Aid of North Korea, William J. Broad, James Glanz and David E. Sanger, New York Times, November 28th, 2010
Iran ‘smuggled arms’ to Hezbollah on ambulances, AFP, November 29th, 2010
Does Palin Want to Whack Assange? John Berman, ABC News, November 29th, 2010