Former Alaska Gov. 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,” Palin wrote on Facebook.
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“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.”
Assange has surged in popularity among Republicans since WikiLeaks published a trove of hacked emails from the Democratic National Committee and Hillary Clinton 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.
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