September 17th, 2008
07:30 PM ET
6 years ago

McCain camp seeks investigation over reported e-mail hack

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 Palin's personal e-mail was reportedly hacked Wednesday.
Palin's personal e-mail was reportedly hacked Wednesday.

(CNN) - John McCain's campaign said Wednesday it has contacted "appropriate authorities" over a report that Republican VP candidate Sarah Palin's personal e-mail had been hacked.

"This is a shocking invasion of the Governor's privacy and a violation of law," campaign manager Rick Davis said in a statement. "The matter has been turned over to the appropriate authorities and we hope that anyone in possession of these emails will destroy them. We will have no further comment."

The statement came hours after a user on the Web site WikiLeaks said he had gained access to Palin's Yahoo e-mail account and gained access.  Screenshots of the e-mail messages and photos of the Alaska governor's family were published on that Web site and later on gossip Web site gawker.com.

FBI Spokesman Eric Gonzalez in Anchorage, Alaska confirms to CNN an investigation is underway.

"We are aware of the allegations and we are coordinating with Secret Service as far as the allegation that someone has hacked into Governor Palin's personal e-mail account," he said. "We are going to be working a joint investigation with Secret Service on this."

Brian Hale, an FBI spokesman in Washington, also confirms the FBI has been contacted about the incident. Two federal law enforcement sources say the FBI and Secret Service would have concurrent jurisdiction normally on a matter such as this, but it remains to be seen if the Secret Service will take the lead on the investigation because Palin is a protectee.

The e-mails shown include one from July between Palin and Alaska Lt. Gov. Sean Parnell and another dated earlier this week from Amy McCorkell, the woman Palin appointed to the Governor's Advisory Board on Alcoholism and Drug Abuse in 2007.

Palin has faced criticism for using a private e-mail account to conduct some state business - prompting critics to allege she was attempting to hide information from the public record.


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soundoff (407 Responses)
  1. mitchell

    'ANONYMOUS' DID IT. THEY SHOULD THROW HIS REAR IN JAIL, if... they ...know... who he is .........nvrmind.

    September 17, 2008 06:04 pm at 6:04 pm |
  2. Frances

    They leaked those e-mail. Trying to divert attention away from troopergate.

    September 17, 2008 06:04 pm at 6:04 pm |
  3. Matt

    WOLF!!! WOLF!!!

    September 17, 2008 06:04 pm at 6:04 pm |
  4. IT Unix Guy

    As an IT person myself, I can't begin to tell you how stupid it is to use public email for official business.

    If you are using yahoo for official use, you are beyond stupid. Corporate and Government email is ALWAYS used to conduct official business both for audit reasons. It is WELL KNOWN that yahoo accounts can be forged and (OH MY GOD) hacked.

    More reason not to vote for Sarah Palin. Any person with "Executive Experience" would know that you need accountability.

    September 17, 2008 06:04 pm at 6:04 pm |
  5. Does Obama Palin Comparison?

    Did everyone see that al Qaeda is back to hitting American targets today? Obama should have a sit-down with those guys, and tell them to keep things on the down-low until after the election…

    September 17, 2008 06:04 pm at 6:04 pm |
  6. Mike T

    Question: How do they KNOW her email was hacked? Nobody says that in the article.

    September 17, 2008 06:05 pm at 6:05 pm |
  7. My two cents

    dollorbil– I don't think McCain realized that email could be hacked until now.

    September 17, 2008 06:05 pm at 6:05 pm |
  8. Anon

    Hey kids, member of Anonymous here.

    It was not, I repeat, WAS NOT the Obama campaign that did this. Give credit where credit is due.

    Anonymous, Anon, the people who hang out on /b/ and 4chan did this. We take credit, and pride in it. Now back to protesting Scientology.

    And Republicans, most of Anon are Ron Paul supporters, keep trying though...

    September 17, 2008 06:05 pm at 6:05 pm |
  9. Cindy, Texas

    Scared of the shady deals? Palin?

    September 17, 2008 06:05 pm at 6:05 pm |
  10. RevRayGreen

    how secure is a wireless connection ????

    September 17, 2008 06:05 pm at 6:05 pm |
  11. Its Time

    This is the kind of transparency Palin talked about, right? don't forget to log out Sarah.

    September 17, 2008 06:05 pm at 6:05 pm |
  12. Independent

    McCain trying to divert attention from Troopergate. I don't care about her personal email right now, let's talk about Troopergate.
    Troopergate, Troopergate, Troopergate!!!

    September 17, 2008 06:05 pm at 6:05 pm |
  13. Josh

    Just the McCain campaign getting desperate not to talk about the issues. What about the economy... oh wait, he thinks it is strong.

    September 17, 2008 06:05 pm at 6:05 pm |
  14. Give change a chance

    LOL LOL LOL LOL LOL LOL LOL :) :) :) :) :P :P
    If you haven't noticed this is funny.

    Go BO and JB

    September 17, 2008 06:05 pm at 6:05 pm |
  15. My Dog Ate My Email

    This is DIVERSION DE JOUR!

    September 17, 2008 06:06 pm at 6:06 pm |
  16. grant

    Americans are the stupidest people on the planet. You will all agree on Nov. 4th when you wake up to Pres to be McInsane and VP to be Caribou Barbie.

    September 17, 2008 06:06 pm at 6:06 pm |
  17. Cheryl

    Another allegation......McCain can you spell "economy?" Let's get to the issues and stop playing games. While they are seeking answers about emails, maybe they can find her tax returns.

    September 17, 2008 06:06 pm at 6:06 pm |
  18. Joe in MN

    McCain: "What's e-mail?"

    September 17, 2008 06:06 pm at 6:06 pm |
  19. Tim

    Sounds like another watergate, doesn't it?

    September 17, 2008 06:06 pm at 6:06 pm |
  20. Palin is Bush 2008

    Oh phease!

    The GOP did this on purpose to take the attention away from the ecomony! I'm sick of their games and lies!

    Why doesn't Ms. Plain wear the AMERICA flag? I see she walks around with the ALASKA flag and pin.

    Is she running for the President of Alaska?

    ALASKA FIRST! Right Ms. Plain?

    September 17, 2008 06:06 pm at 6:06 pm |
  21. Joyce, nj

    Is she aware of the patriot act? Or is this something that had escaped her pretty much like the Bush doctrine.

    It's really pretty pathetic how the GOP is trying to sound like the everyone's being unfair to them.

    BTW, why use Yahoo account on Government issues? Silly.

    September 17, 2008 06:06 pm at 6:06 pm |
  22. Another Republican for Obama (this year)

    Give me a break. The people that hacked her account certainly wouldn't do it from inside the US. They're doing it from a place where the US has no jurisdiction, so despite the Secret Service BS – they'll never be caught.

    That's what she gets for doing state business on a public email system.

    September 17, 2008 06:06 pm at 6:06 pm |
  23. Sandy - PA

    I wouldn't put it past the Republicans to pull this kind of stunt themselves and try to blame it on Obama or Obama supporters. Smells of Rove tactics at their best.

    September 17, 2008 06:07 pm at 6:07 pm |
  24. Undecided

    Looks to me that the liberals here are far more mean natured than conservatives. I thought the people of the democratic party were supposed to be the good guys. Stop letting me down with all of negativity and go positive. This doesn’t sound like the America Obama was promising in his convention speech. I need real hope that the democratic party can get things done and not continue with the negativity of the last 8 years. GObama!

    September 17, 2008 06:07 pm at 6:07 pm |
  25. STUPID SARAH SCANDALS

    Seems as though she has probably broken a number of Alaska government confidentiality rules by using a Yahoo account for official business.

    I know my company would have me on the rack for going outside the safe network they say we must use both internal and external correspondence.

    hmmm

    September 17, 2008 06:07 pm at 6:07 pm |
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