Media barred from covering Palin’s speech in Hong Kong.

When Hong Kong-based brokerage group CLSA announced that former Alaska governor Sarah Palin would be the keynote speaker at its annual conference, many observers wondered if the arrangement was just some sort of joke, noting that Palin’s most notable foreign policy experience is being able to see Russia from Alaska. Unfortunately, we may never find out what Palin tells the audience of international investors. AFP reports that her Sept. 23 speech will be closed to the press. “Some of our keynote sessions in previous years were also closed to the media. So this is not the first time,” said a CLSA spokesperson. “Ms Palin has not yet confirmed with us the topic of her speech.” Palin’s trip to Hong Kong will be her first visit to Asia and her first paid speaking engagement since leaving office.