Palin apologizes to Assange

Palin apologizes to Assange
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Sarah Palin on Wednesday apologized to WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange for condemning him in the past.

"Exposing the truth re: the Left having been oh-so-guilty of atrocious actions and attitudes of which they've falsely accused others," the former Alaska governor and 2008 Republican vice presidential nominee wrote on Facebook.

"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."
 
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Assange has surged in popularity among Republicans since WikiLeaks published a trove of hacked emails from the Democratic National Committee and Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonHillary Clinton slams Trump rally: 'The time has come again' to fight for democracy Trump blasts minority Democrats, rally crowd chants 'send her back' The Memo: Democrats debate Trump response – 'Being righteous and losing sucks' MORE campaign chairman John Podesta, hurting Clinton's campaign.
 
In 2008, WikiLeaks published some hacked emails from Palin's account. 
 
"I apologize for condemning Assange when he published my infamous (and proven noncontroversial, relatively boring) emails years ago," Palin wrote in her Facebook post.

"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."

At the end of her post, Palin encouraged people to watch the movie "Snowden," which celebrates former National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden's leak of classified information about government surveillance programs.
 
Her comments are a sharp reversal from previous remarks Palin has made about Assange.
 
In 2010, Palin blasted Assange and questioned what steps the Obama administration had taken to prevent him from "distributing this highly sensitive classified material."

“He 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," she said of Assange in 2010.

"Why was he not pursued with the same urgency we pursue al-Qaeda and Taliban leaders?”

Palin's comments come after Assange said in a Tuesday interview that there was an "obvious" reason the Obama administration has focused on Russia's alleged role in Democratic hacks leading up to Donald TrumpDonald John TrumpAmash responds to 'Send her back' chants at Trump rally: 'This is how history's worst episodes begin' McConnell: Trump 'on to something' with attacks on Dem congresswomen Trump blasts 'corrupt' Puerto Rico's leaders amid political crisis MORE's presidential election.

“They’re trying to delegitimize the Trump administration as it goes into the White House,” Assange told Fox News's Sean Hannity.

“They are trying to say that President-elect Trump is not a legitimate president."

During the interview, he also said it was a "stupid maneuver" for Democrats to continue to hound Trump for Russian hacking of various Democratic agencies.