Hunt down WikiLeaks founder like terrorist, says Palin
Published 01/12/2010 | 05:00
The founder of WikiLeaks should be hunted down just like al-Qa'ida and Taliban leaders, according to Sarah Palin.
Julian Assange was branded "an anti-American operative with blood on his hands" by the prominent US Republican, who asked why he had not yet been caught by the authorities.
She accused the Obama administration of "incompetence" and a "strange lack of urgency" in not stopping the release of 250,000 leaked diplomatic cables by WikiLeaks, given that the website had already published sensitive information about the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.
The former governor of Alaska and 2008 Republican vice-presidential nominee suggested that "cyber tools" should be used to shut down the whistle-blowing website.
Mr Assange, a 39-year-old Australian former computer hacker who set up WikiLeaks in 2006, has kept out of public view since the release of the first leaked American diplomatic cables on Sunday.
Mr Assange, who is the subject of an international arrest warrant over allegations of rape in Sweden, has rejected the claim he has blood on his hands.
Writing on her Facebook page, Mrs Palin questioned why the US authorities were not looking for Mr Assange in the same way that they hunted suspected terrorists.
"He is an anti-American operative with blood on his hands. Why was he not pursued with the same urgency we pursue al-Qa'ida and Taliban leaders?" she said.
Mrs Palin, tipped to run for president in 2012, also said "serious questions" had to be asked about how the "highly sensitive" memos from diplomats and intelligence officers could have been uploaded on to a computer memory stick and given to WikiLeaks from a supposedly secure US defence department network. (© Daily Telegraph, London)