After Fox News aired an interview between motorcycle-wanter Sean Hannity and animal costume-enthusiast Julian Assange, former US vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin took to Twitter and Facebook to apologise to the Wikileaks founder. She also recommended her fans check out Oliver Stone’s Snowden, calling the film “quite enlightening”.
To Julian Assange: I apologize.
Please watch Sean Hannity's interview with Julian Assange (Wikileaks)…. https://t.co/UZpt4MMX2J
— Sarah Palin (@SarahPalinUSA) January 4, 2017
Providing a link to Assange’s Fox News interview, she wrote “To Julian Assange: I apologise.” Presumably this is for her 2010 remarks comparing the pale king of Wikileaks to Al Qaeda and the Taliban. Palin once wrote on her Facebook page, “Assange is not a ‘journalist,’ any more than the ‘editor’ of al Qaeda’s new English-language magazine Inspire is a ‘journalist.'”
During the 2008 US election, Wikileaks posted hacked emails from Palin’s account. The hacker, for what it’s worth, was sentenced to a year in prison just weeks before Palin’s Facebook rant.
“[Assange] 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?” Palin wrote.
Now she’s sorry. She wrote on her Facebook page yesterday:
I apologise for condemning Assange when he published my infamous (and proven noncontroversial, relatively boring) emails years ago.
As I said at the time of being targeted and my subsequent condemnation, though, the line must be drawn before our troops or innocent lives deserving protection would be put at risk as a result of published emails.
Adding a postscript to her post, she praised the Snowden movie, along with Hannity’s interview, for their enlightening qualities. This is quite a jump from 2013, when she heavily criticised Obama for not going after Snowden harder.
If you thought there were no rules in 2016, just wait to see what 2017 holds. Sarah Palin is woke now? Things only stand to get weirder.