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. Talitha

    I DON'T BELIEVE IT IS TRUE. I THINK IT IS JUST A MEANS OF GETTING SIMPATHY FROM THE "GULLIBLE" PUBLIC. YOU PEOPLE FALL FOR "ANYTHING" THE REPUBLICANS TELL YOU. NO WONDER WE'RE IN THE SHAPE THAT WE ARE END. DON'T YOU THINK IT IS TIME TO STOP BELIEVING THEIR LIES.

    GO-BAMA

    September 17, 2008 06:14 pm at 6:14 pm |
  2. the other jd

    um, Belle1, what????

    September 17, 2008 06:14 pm at 6:14 pm |
  3. ran

    Funny they will investigate this but not "Trooper gate"

    People open your eyes and ears. We need to make sure Obama/Biden and only other Democrates get elected this time in order to stop the abuse of power of these type Republicans.

    September 17, 2008 06:14 pm at 6:14 pm |
  4. Jacque

    If you think hijacking emails is something, just wait and see what Republicans have in store for our votes! This is a warm-up for the November 08 election. Remember November 2000?

    MAIL IN YOUR VOTES!!!!

    September 17, 2008 06:14 pm at 6:14 pm |
  5. Just Say NO to Palin

    Put this deceiving woman in national office...and the USA will reap what she has sown.

    Just Say NO to Palin

    September 17, 2008 06:14 pm at 6:14 pm |
  6. DREADY!RASTA

    We all accept that an innocent person would use every resource at their disposal to verify their innocence not block every effort. The only logical conclusion is Mrs. Palin is hiding something.

    P.S. Tax records Mrs. Palin?

    September 17, 2008 06:14 pm at 6:14 pm |
  7. SSSSSSSSSS

    Good, the more the DNC smears Palin, the more votes she gets. Love the backfire! Buh-Bye Obama!!!!

    September 17, 2008 06:14 pm at 6:14 pm |
  8. Dylan

    This is lIkely a diversion by the McCain camp to get the economy off of the front burner.

    September 17, 2008 06:15 pm at 6:15 pm |
  9. Sylvia

    Email suddenly got hacked. There is something suspicous about this. Probably McCain Campaign hacked into her email account to stall the investigation.

    September 17, 2008 06:15 pm at 6:15 pm |
  10. Ginny

    What was done is illegal – whether it was done to Palin, McCain, Obama, Biden or any one of us. There is no cause for it and it is a violation of our rights to have such a thing done.

    People are getting really really SICK trying to control the outcome of this election. Just let the people vote and accept what it is.

    September 17, 2008 06:15 pm at 6:15 pm |
  11. the other jd

    The Obama Action Wire what? Put down the pipe, Belle!

    September 17, 2008 06:15 pm at 6:15 pm |
  12. Unbelievable!

    What's that I saw in them there screen shots? Conducting govnt business with a personal email account was it? This don't look good... for McPalin, that is:)!!!

    September 17, 2008 06:15 pm at 6:15 pm |
  13. ltl

    Sounds like most of you on this blog are for the patriot act. Its ok to hack into someones email account. Oh of course unless its someone or something you believe in it would be outrageous. All you one sided politico's republican and democrat are idiots. Open your eyes and see whats going on in your world. Divide and conquer thats happened very nicely.

    September 17, 2008 06:16 pm at 6:16 pm |
  14. Mike O

    Amazing how often theis happens to conservatives who 'wander off the reservation' of a group the liberals claim. The same thing happened to Michael Steele.

    September 17, 2008 06:16 pm at 6:16 pm |
  15. Nancy Ordway

    Palin should not have a personal email account that can be used by any one who works or is elected to a government office. she has no private life once she took office and now runnining for VP. She must open all emails and phone records for the people to see and hear.
    As an Alaskan in my opinion Palin should drop out of vthe race.
    She is hurting McCain.

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

    The matter has been turned over to the appropriate authorities and we hope that anyone in possession of these emails will destroy them.

    I liked this word "destroy". Destroy evidence that she is possibly lying about the "Troopergate". Whoever has this evidence should turn it over to the authorities as well as the State Legislature of Alaska so they can read it. No questions asked. She shouldn't be conducting state business on a personal yahoo account.

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

    ...Probably a frustrated Obama supporter. She's getting some of his limelight ...Too bad he can't give some of the 11 million from BS's deal last night to the thousands of Americans who are without food or water due to Ike...But then he understands the economy

    September 17, 2008 06:16 pm at 6:16 pm |
  18. DREADY!RASTA

    Tune in tomorrow for the next episode of "As the Caribou Turns".

    September 17, 2008 06:16 pm at 6:16 pm |
  19. SARAH AND LARRY CRAIG, REPUBLICAN VALUES

    Just more lies from Gidget does Fargo. She and McCrypt are such liars why is this even news anymore? Just another guilty republican liar telling more lies.

    Just like Larry Craig who we now know must have been “tapping” out Broadway show tunes in that bathroom stall!

    September 17, 2008 06:16 pm at 6:16 pm |
  20. Palin is Bush 2008

    Maybe it was the witch who she prayed to in order to win the elections in the 'country' of Alaska.

    Anyone has the phone number to the witches in Alaska?

    September 17, 2008 06:16 pm at 6:16 pm |
  21. Brian W.

    The absolute sleaziest thing I've ever seen in a presidential campaign. And the fact that the Obama supporters are not disturbed by this, which is the same as opening someone's mailbox, taking out their mail, opening it, and publishing it online, speaks volumes and tells me just exactly the SORT of people who support Obama.

    Which is why today I registered as a Republican. I had resigned as a Democrat back in June and registered as an independent, but I decided today that's not going far enough.

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

    So it was illegal to clear the history of Palin's incriminating Email. But now it had to be deleted because it was hacked? Coincidence? Sure?
    Want to buy a Bridge to Nowhere ?

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

    i think that this so strange, that this just happen. its kinda like if u now ur in trouble and that there is evidence against u, well doesn't it make sense to have someone tamper with the evidence to say that it can't be used against you in court?

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

    WOW...Obama's new type of politics is really cathing on...NOT..Just reported that he has run more negative ads than McCain...Guess he just can't keep his word...Maybe he is bitter and clinging to hate to win this election....

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

    Obamabots – it's only cheating, look, even their candidate lies.

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