It was mostly overlooked during the 2016 presidential election, but Wikileaks, the site that published hacked emails from Russian hackers in order to influence the election, once exposed Sarah Palin for using a private email account for official state business.
The Guardian wrote in 2008:
The alleged hack was pulled off by “loosely affiliated” members of an anti-Scientology group, according to Wikileaks, which justified its move by citing Palin’s reported use of yahoo.com to conduct official state business. (Aides to George Bush came under fire for similar e-mailing behaviour last year.)
The hack uncovered family photos and the addresses of Palin friends — of questionable relevance to any public records violation, really — as well as what looks like proof that Palin was indeed using personal e-mail for state business.
She spent the next seven years calling for Wikileak’s leader Julian Assange to be “hunted like a terrorist.” Now she says she loves Julian Assange.
Assange helped elect Donald Trump. That was enough for her to forgive him.
Palin watched Fox News’ embarrassing interview with Assange conducted by Trump mouthpiece Sean Hannity and seemed to walk away admiring the man for their mutual hatred of Democrats. She was feeling so good about it that she wrote a rambling Facebook post about how great Assange is, gushing over the way he hates Clinton and Obama.
To Julian Assange: I apologize.
Please watch Sean Hannity’s interview with Julian Assange (Wikileaks).
Exposing the truth re: the Left having been oh-so-guilty of atrocious actions and attitudes of which they’ve falsely accused others. The media collusion that hid what many on the Left have been supporting is shocking. This important information that finally opened people’s eyes to democrat candidates and operatives would not have been exposed were it not for Julian Assange.
I apologize for condemning Assange when he published my infamous (and proven noncontroversial, relatively boring) emails years ago.
Naturally, Palin doesn’t cite even one example of the “oh-so-atrocious actions and attitudes” she claims Wikileaks proved Democrats are guilty of.
To put Palin’s slobbering praise of Assange into perspective, Russian hackers illegally stole the private emails of one of Clinton’s top aides. Then – likely at the direction of Vladimir Putin and the Russian government – they handed it over to Assange, who took the stolen information and purposefully leaked it over the span of the entire election in order to maximize its damage to Hillary Clinton. The press, having no impulse control and not knowing what else to do, wrote up every single leak no matter how uncontroversial (including heavily covering a risotto recipe contained in one of the hacked emails). The effect was that many Americans had no idea what exactly was scandalous about the emails, but had a vague sense that they proved Hillary was “crooked.” (Indeed, many Americans conflated these hacked emails with Hillary’s private email server, a completely unrelated story.)
The result was Donald Trump, a con artist, pathological liar, and undiagnosed narcissist was elected President of the United States. Sarah Palin is thrilled.
So was Trump, who also praised Assange after the interview. And once infamously called for Assange’s source, Edward Snowden, to be executed…unless Wikileaks found dirt on Obama.
ObamaCare is a disaster and Snowden is a spy who should be executed-but if it and he could reveal Obama's records,I might become a major fan
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 30, 2013
It wasn’t Obama, but I guess Assange’s work in attacking Hillary Clinton did the trick.
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