Palin: We Should Have Hacked WikiLeaks

By Chris Good

Posting yesterday on her Facebook page, Sarah Palin asked why the Obama administration and its overseas allies didn't try to coordinate a cyberattack on WikiLeaks to prevent its massive cable dump.

The former governor wrote:

What if any diplomatic pressure was brought to bear on NATO, EU, and other allies to disrupt Wikileaks' technical infrastructure? Did we use all the cyber tools at our disposal to permanently dismantle Wikileaks? Were individuals working for Wikileaks on these document leaks investigated? Shouldn't they at least have had their financial assets frozen just as we do to individuals who provide material support for terrorist organizations?

Well, you may remember that a cyberattack was perpetrated against WikiLeaks on Sunday, the day it was set to release its 250,000+ leaked State Dept. cables. The organization announced on Twitter around midday that it was under a "denial of service" attack, meaning in most cases a spam attack on a website's servers, overloading them with information requests that render them inoperable and inaccessible to other users.

I called the State Dept. on Sunday to ask if they knew anything about cyberattack WikiLeaks was alleging, and a spokeswoman wouldn't comment. But it sounds like Palin wishes, in retrospect, that the U.S. government had been the responsible party.

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