Bush, Palin speak on WikiLeaks leak

Former US President George W Bush weighed in on the recent WikiLeaks leak during a live chat with Facebook founder, Mark Zuckerberg.

Updated: Nov 30, 2010, 15:45 PM IST

New York: Former US President George W Bush
weighed in on the recent WikiLeaks leak during a live chat
with Facebook founder, Mark Zuckerberg.

"Leaks are very damaging and people who leak ought to be
prosecuted," he said, as quoted by the NY Daily News. "I think
it`s going to be hard to keep the trust of foreign leaders."

The 64-year-old former US president who was interviewed
by Zuckerberg, however, refrained from criticising his
successor, President Barack Obama.

"I don`t think it`s good for the country to have a former
president criticise his successor, so I don`t want to, and I`m
not going to," he said.

"If you believe in what you`re doing, then the criticism
means nothing. The worst thing you can do as a leader is
change who you are because there`s critics."

The third leak from the online organizations are quarter
of a million US cables, which provide an unprecedented look
into the behind-the-stage dealings of embassies around the
world, and has turned into a diplomatic fiasco for the

While Bush decided to hold back on criticising Obama,
political heavyweight Sarah Palin slammed the Obama
Administration for not being able to stop the leak.

"Inexplicable: I recently won in court to stop my book
`America by Heart` from being leaked, but US Govt can`t stop
WikiLeaks` treasonous act?" Palin wrote on Twitter.

Palin was referring to her own battle earlier against
Gawker, which posted pages of her book online before its
publication date, according to the Daily News.

On Facebook, Palin wrote "Serious Questions about the
Obama Administration`s Incompetence in the WikiLeaks Fiasco."

"What steps were taken to stop WikiLeaks director Julian
Assange from distributing this highly sensitive classified
material?" she said. "Why was he not pursued with the same
urgency we pursue al Qaeda and Taliban leaders?"

In another development, the Western media reported that
The New York Times, which was an original recipient of
documents in the first two WikiLeaks leaks, was spurned by the
online organization, this time around.

The Washington Post reported that NYT received the
documents through UK based the Guardian, which has been an
original recipient all three times.

Meanwhile, Assange told Forbes magazine that the next
leak concerning a US financial firm would be in 2011, and he compared the revelations to the Enron trial.

"It will give a true and representative insight into how
banks behave at the executive level in a way that will
stimulate investigations and reforms, I presume," said
Assange, refraining from giving away any details just yet.

"You could call it the ecosystem of corruption," said the
39-year-old former hacker from Australia.
"But it`s also all the regular decision making that turns
a blind eye to and supports unethical practices: the oversight
that?s not done, the priorities of executives, how they think
they?re fulfilling their own self-interest," he said.

Bureau Report