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. Fed UP

    Anybody smart enough to design the Blackberry should EASILY be able to figure out a mere email hack. C'mon McSlime put your six surviving brain cells to work on this important problem of National Security...

    Anything to divert the attention away from Sarah not cooperating with the Troopergate investigation!

    The Republican BS machine is at warp factor 5!!!

    September 17, 2008 06:07 pm at 6:07 pm |
  2. Farren Ballanst

    SMOKE SCREEN!

    September 17, 2008 06:07 pm at 6:07 pm |
  3. sam

    Here they go again–Sarah the victim–so nobody will ask her anything that she can't answer.

    September 17, 2008 06:07 pm at 6:07 pm |
  4. Linda from Prescott AZ

    Don't you find it amazing how the McCain camp is keeping Palin in the news. Not by issues, but by accusations, etc. Sorry to hear her mail was hacked, but I don't care. I want to hear about the economy and solution sto the current problems that face this Nation.

    Is McCain so weak that he can't address issues, but needs to hide behind this young redneck woman's skirt?

    September 17, 2008 06:08 pm at 6:08 pm |
  5. clarity

    run faster, lemmings, and don't worry about those rocks fast approaching those are just taxes on the big bad corporations that you will have to pay for.

    September 17, 2008 06:08 pm at 6:08 pm |
  6. change

    Wow! This is getting out of hand. There is no evidence of state business in those emails.

    I hope that anyone caught invading her email account will be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law. AND THIS INCLUDES ANYONE IN THE OBAMA CAMPAIGN!!

    This is absolutely disgusting! Just because you cannot compete with someone on the basis of ideas, you try to attack them, their children, and their family.

    Why in the hell is there no scrutiny towards Obama/Biden? It is Biden's son who is a lobbyist. I want him investigated by the media.

    I believe the website 'Gawker' is the one who leaked these emails. The site reads like the Daily Kos.

    I wonder if we will see this quote soon: Obama "That is not the Gawker I knew."

    September 17, 2008 06:09 pm at 6:09 pm |
  7. the other jd

    Amy-Me again. I am like so totally bored. They won't let me talk to anyone. I MEAN ANYONE! I went and chatted with some creep named Charley who was busting my chops over some entitlement program. Hello?!?!?! I watch Big Brother and Idol. Have you ever seen this entitlement program? Gotta go... I have to go wave and chant "Drill baby, Drill"...Todd gets all grabby after I have to do that. SO wish I could send him home, but someone has to prop up Grandpa.

    September 17, 2008 06:09 pm at 6:09 pm |
  8. Belle1

    Nice...Obama supporters probably hacked her account.

    This is NOT acceptable politics folks. The Obama Action Wire Team floods stations with threats and nasty emails. Tries to shut down any negative stories whatsoever about Obama...

    THIS IS THE CHANGE WE CAN BELIEVE IN???????

    Yikes...

    September 17, 2008 06:09 pm at 6:09 pm |
  9. The 7-10: Anthony Palmer

    How can someone sue for invasion of privacy with a free e-mail account? Yahoo, Hotmail, and Gmail aren't exactly "official" accounts, right?

    September 17, 2008 06:09 pm at 6:09 pm |
  10. Xango 08 & 12

    oh please, mcbush is making YET another lie..........can they come up with someohting better;
    and why is she so afraid of being "discovered,"

    mm wonder wonder;

    September 17, 2008 06:09 pm at 6:09 pm |
  11. Tim

    I love all the Obama-drots who can't think of anything original to say, so re-use Republican criticisms of Obama against Palin, as in she is a celebrity.

    Reminds me of first grade, playing the "I know you are but what am I" game. Those democrats sure are ingenious.

    September 17, 2008 06:09 pm at 6:09 pm |
  12. Obstruction of Justice

    Leak the emails please.

    September 17, 2008 06:09 pm at 6:09 pm |
  13. Sandy

    Well if She was coroperating this would not happen. She's a trickster.

    September 17, 2008 06:09 pm at 6:09 pm |
  14. Kathy in North Carolina

    If she is so great.........Why doesn't John McCain just step aside and let her be the Pres. and he the VP? AND Have you noticed how he is so reserved with his affection with his wife yet he literally throws his arms and face/and his LIPS her way? If I was his wife I would absolutely be offended. John do the right thing step aside and take a back sit to your VP after all you brought her to us. UGH!!!!!!!!

    September 17, 2008 06:09 pm at 6:09 pm |
  15. bcm

    "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 But they Secret Service will) take the lead on the investigation because Palin is a protectee."

    Does anyone ever proof read this crap?

    September 17, 2008 06:09 pm at 6:09 pm |
  16. Los

    "Probably one of the Obama people!"

    Nah, just some random hackers that live for this kind of stuff.

    September 17, 2008 06:09 pm at 6:09 pm |
  17. Darryl

    Yes, Gov. Palin say thank you but not thank just give me the money.

    Obama said we muust pay our bills.

    The Good Old Boys John McCain and George Bush says give more money to big business and don't charge them taxes.

    We can't afford another Bush Presidency...

    September 17, 2008 06:10 pm at 6:10 pm |
  18. KJL

    This foolish woman could end up as Commander in Chief of the US military, yet she doesn't follow basic procedures to keep her email private, and uses Yahoo accounts for government business? Frightening.

    September 17, 2008 06:10 pm at 6:10 pm |
  19. Ken in NM

    I am going to guess that it was planned by the McCain team to give her justification to delete that email account which may have included incriminating emails related to her troopergate issues.

    September 17, 2008 06:10 pm at 6:10 pm |
  20. Blaming Obama and his supporters

    Wonder how many comments will blame Obama and his supporters for this e-mail hack. I've seen 3 already. GET INFORMED PEOPLE, they way you accuse makes me think you got some inside information.

    It could be a Republican because like the Democrats they don't know who the HELL she is either!

    September 17, 2008 06:10 pm at 6:10 pm |
  21. Jessica

    I really hope that those that respond to these ads represent a true cross section of the electorate. They say one of two things.... that the majority of people see through the ill-fated twisted Republican machine, ...or the Obama electorate actually reads the news, and is more informed on the issues and the reality of this campaign....

    Probably a bit of both.

    Obama/Biden "08

    September 17, 2008 06:11 pm at 6:11 pm |
  22. ontheqt

    We're finally getting around to talking about the issues...then we get sidetracked into emails and nonsense about who is invited to what. Let's get back on the issues here folks.

    September 17, 2008 06:11 pm at 6:11 pm |
  23. Nicole

    The media is trying SOOOOOO so hard to find something substantial against this woman. Why so desparate? If she's such a terrible person, no doubt it'll surface in the next few weeks just by her speaking and debating.

    September 17, 2008 06:11 pm at 6:11 pm |
  24. Sam

    I pray it's true she's been hacked.
    It might make Palin think twice about lying about her emails if she thinks someone else has copies. It probably won't happen that way... they'll lie about everything anyway... but.... here's to wishful thinking.

    September 17, 2008 06:11 pm at 6:11 pm |
  25. enough

    I seriously doubt "anoymous" is a democrat. I think this is a republican ploy to change the topic off of the economy and create another manufactered outrage.

    Republicans just don't get it

    September 17, 2008 06:11 pm at 6:11 pm |
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