In 2008, Sarah Palin was hacked. The emails were published by Julian Assange’s ‘Wikileaks’ outfit. Palin was justifiably outraged. She wasn’t the only one outraged. The Obama campaign also called the attack ‘outrageous.’ The hacking was investigated and a perpetrator was found. A ‘hacktivist’ associated with the group ‘Anonymous’ was indicted, tried and convicted. He was sent to prison.
At no time did the Obama campaign tell everyone to ‘move on’ or question the fact that the hacking needed to be investigated. What happened to Palin was indeed outrageous. No one on the Obama campaign used the emails or encouraged Anonymous to keep hacking her or others. the Obama campaign responded to the Palin hacking like an American does. Like a patriot does. It didn’t matter that Palin was part of a Presidential ticket that they were battling against. It didn’t matter that many liberals already had a ‘less than favorable’ opinion of Palin already. What mattered was that Palin’s private conversations were now public.
Were they potential campaign fodder? Absolutely. Palin was exposed for trying to get an ex-brother-in-law fired without just cause but out of personal spite. There was ‘shop talk.’ The kind of talk that many engage in. The kind that if made public, especially if done out of context, could make political waves. To be clear and fair, there was nothing incriminating found. Much like the emails of Hillary Clinton and the DNC. Especially with the DNC, there was certainly nothing incriminating – just crass and sometimes rude ‘shop talk.’
Some might complain that the email hacking of the DNC ‘proved’ that the campaign was ‘rigged’ against Bernie Sanders. It wasn’t and no email could prove that. The DNC did have a favored candidate in Clinton — as they are allowed to. Political parties often favor candidates. It is what they do. They aren’t an unbiased organization nor or they under any law or regulation dictating neutrality. In a case where one candidate was one of the biggest figures within the party (Clinton) and the other wasn’t (and isn’t today) a member of the Democratic Party and was attempting a takeover from outside (Sanders) it should have been fairly obvious without the emails to know who the DNC would favor. The party wasn’t going to favor a non-member over a long-standing one.
In every hacking case, an American should have the same reaction, regardless of who is hacked. It shouldn’t be ‘bad if it’s our side being hacked’ but we should be ‘thankful‘ if it’s the other guys.
Back to Palin …
Fast forward to today. Palin is now literally apologizing (via Twitter) to Assange and Wikileaks for criticizing them in 2008. Really. (see below…)
To Julian Assange: I apologize.
Please watch Sean Hannity's interview with Julian Assange (Wikileaks)…. https://t.co/w3ZDU1aMDY
— Sarah Palin (@SarahPalinUSA) January 4, 2017
Palin expanded on her tweet on Facebook;
“I apologize for condemning Assange when he published my infamous (and proven noncontroversial, relatively boring) emails years ago,” she wrote.
Palin continued: “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.”
Palin encouraged everyone to see the movie “Snowden,” about former CIA contractor Edward Snowden who leaked classified information about the National Security Agency. She called the movie “enlightening.”
So the former VP candidate and Alaska Governor is also praising Snowden? The guy the Russians are protecting after he did their bidding? To say we live in bizarre times would be an understatement. It wouldn’t be so bad if Palin was on an island with this opinion and there weren’t other prominent Republicans taking this attitude of ‘thankfulness’ to those serving Putin with hacking and other cyber warfare.
Obviously, there is Trump. He has taken every tact from distractions and deflections when asked about it to now asking people to ‘move on’ and ignore the guy behind the curtain as if we are in Oz.
One might expect that reaction, though. After all, he won. He doesn’t want his win tainted. That’s fair. To be honest, many people might take that same tact if it were them who won. Even if we accept that premise, that doesn’t excuse the rest of the party. That doesn’t excuse the Congress, who were rabid in going after Hillary Clinton for over two years over things that the FBI concluded ‘no reasonable prosecutor would press charges’ on.
The 115th Congress began their tenure by trying to gut the ethics department until outrage from constituents and bad media coverage caused them to reverse course. They should have begun by announcing hearings to once and for all get to the bottom of the hacking during the election. They aren’t. They are talking about repealing Obamacare and taking away up to 30 million people’s healthcare.
We are now witnessing the GOP being lead around by the nose by the Russian dictator. The GOP is becoming the ‘Party of Putin.’ Instead of the GOP, they might as well be the ‘POP.’
When Palin’s hacker was investigated, tried and convicted, it was done under a Democratic administration and his Attorney General. It wasn’t about party politics for them, it was about America, patriotism, and the rights that we all enjoy as Americans. When Palin’s private emails were invaded, Barack Obama responded and went after her attackers. Now that the situation is reversed, so is the reaction. Now, republicans are telling us to be thankful, move along and are apologizing to the perpetrators behind the attacks. Yes, there have been a few ‘rogue’ Republicans like John McCain and Senator Graham but they are being buried by the louder GOP voices in agreement with Trump and Palin. Furthermore, not one hearing on the matter has been scheduled.
The difference between the parties couldn’t be starker.
‘Julian Assange said ‘a 14 year old could have hacked Podesta’ — why was DNC so careless? Also said Russians did not give him the info!’
If you can’t believe a fugitive who steals for a living, who can you believe — right, Mr. President-elect?
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