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. Enlightened Voter

    One scandal after another. Wow, I guess if she and john get elected Americans won't need to watch the soap operas any more, Palin will provide plenty of drama.
    Mccain/Palin are pathological liars and ghetto minded.

    Welcome back Biff, Biffington!

    September 17, 2008 05:38 pm at 5:38 pm |
  2. Doug

    I guess that the other side will find her at fault for her privacy being violated, watch these comments for proof that they missed the point

    September 17, 2008 05:38 pm at 5:38 pm |
  3. Latinos for Obama/Biden

    Wow, the GOp is all of sudden concerned about invading someone's privacy?

    H Y P O C R I T E S!

    September 17, 2008 05:38 pm at 5:38 pm |
  4. Lynne - Seattle WA

    Hacking is wrong...but if this has the Republicans running scared....what are they so afraid hackers might find???? Abuses of power? Limited ability to do the job of VP? She likes pictures of puppies and kitties? WHAT?

    September 17, 2008 05:38 pm at 5:38 pm |
  5. MD in ND

    Go ahead... we know you are going to blame the Obama camapaign.

    September 17, 2008 05:38 pm at 5:38 pm |
  6. Jenny, Rio Vista, CA

    Ms. Palin: Let me give you a little lesson about the internet. email accounts, such as Yahoo can be easily accessed by hackers. You would have been better off conducting your government business on the government site where they have a thing called a "firewall". This firewall helps to prevent hackers from accessing important information.

    Now if you weren't so naive about the internet and didn't have anything to hide maybe this wouldn't have happened.

    Another reason why I won't vote for you.

    September 17, 2008 05:38 pm at 5:38 pm |
  7. Peter

    I am already having trouble getting over all the lies this women has told. Now I have to accept that the woman I am being asked to consider as one heartbeat away from the presidency is so stupid as to conduct business via Yahoo mail.
    OMG: The Actuary tables how there is a 30% chance someone the age of John McCain could die whilst in office!!!!

    September 17, 2008 05:39 pm at 5:39 pm |
  8. Fed Up

    Good job McSame!

    Let's do everything we can to keep the focus OFF of the issues, and on anything BUT the issues. Who cares?

    No matter how much lipstick you put on the pig, it's still McSame.

    Just say NO to Bush 44.

    Go Obama!!!

    September 17, 2008 05:39 pm at 5:39 pm |
  9. Maria Texas

    Just goes to show you how obama is using the milions of dollars from fundraising from average americans and from corporate america-he's hired ruthless hackers (probably ex-cons who hire cheap), to hack into the Governor's email. That's how desperate obama is.

    September 17, 2008 05:39 pm at 5:39 pm |
  10. Honest Abe

    Welcome to the majors in the political game! Palin's an idiot and everyone knows it.

    September 17, 2008 05:39 pm at 5:39 pm |
  11. Andy

    Advice to what is left of the Democrat party. If you don't start purging your party of lunatics, morons and Communists, you will fall into the trash heap of history like the Soviets.

    What America has been watching over the last eight years is Russia, circa 1917. If McCain wins in November, these idiots are going to take to the streets destroying everything in their path.

    September 17, 2008 05:39 pm at 5:39 pm |
  12. matt

    Looks like the hockey mom is going down. She was all sweet and stuff before, now she is just like the rest of them, trying to hide things and playing the Bush political games. Change my butt!

    September 17, 2008 05:39 pm at 5:39 pm |
  13. let me guess

    the intruder is an Obama supporter

    September 17, 2008 05:39 pm at 5:39 pm |
  14. MikeH

    Karl Rove is at it again.

    September 17, 2008 05:39 pm at 5:39 pm |
  15. Maybe...

    We shouldn't let someone who uses their computer so incompetently have a governmental office, especially when they're conducting so much business over via personal e-mail.

    Wen Ho Lee got thrown in jail for smaller unintentional oversights.

    September 17, 2008 05:40 pm at 5:40 pm |
  16. David, Silver Spring, MD

    Well of course it's a terrible violation of privacy and law. And it also shows how irresponsible Gov. Palin was to use a commercial email service for her official government business. Before putting potentially sensitive data on a non-government controlled server, she should have taken steps to insure that the server was adequately secure. Apparently, she didn't.

    Anyone who may have disclosed private information to the Gov. through her Yahoo account should think long and hard about whether the Gov. fulfilled her responsibility as a public servant to protect that information to the fullest extent possible.

    September 17, 2008 05:40 pm at 5:40 pm |
  17. Sarah Bell

    WASP! Women Against Sarah Palin!

    September 17, 2008 05:40 pm at 5:40 pm |
  18. VDAL

    Privacy on a Yahoo account? you must be kidding.. besides why use a personal email account to transact business? What are these people trying to hide??

    September 17, 2008 05:40 pm at 5:40 pm |
  19. Don

    This was an invasion of her privacy, it should not have happened. However, it does raise some serious questions about her. She talks a lot about transperancy and politicians being held accountable.

    She hasn't disclosed her tax returns,
    she uses personal e-mail for government buisness,
    she refuses to answer questions (that aren't planted),
    she won't allow her staffers to testify in a BI-artisan investigation into abuse of power issues,

    not very transparent. . . lets hold her accountable

    September 17, 2008 05:40 pm at 5:40 pm |
  20. Jeff

    Here's some meaningful news...

    NOW – The National Organization For Women has endorsed Obama/ Biden. Why isn't this top news on numerous media outlets – including CNN? I heard about this on NPR – National Public Radio. I encourage everyone to tune in to them and PBS for the best, most balanced and complete coverage of the presidential race…and for all news. It's still NEWS with them versus infotainment with the others. And in this time of crisis Americans need the best information and journalism to help people make the best decisions about our future.

    WHITE MALE HOCKEY DAD Obama/ Biden '08

    September 17, 2008 05:40 pm at 5:40 pm |
  21. Saad from NJ

    oh no.... however wrong and illegal it is for anyone to hack into someone's email but I wonder why Gov. Palin even provided the opportunity for someone to do so. hummmm, WHY?

    September 17, 2008 05:40 pm at 5:40 pm |
  22. Brad

    Maybe it was Todd Palin. He insists on attending all of her private meetings and on recieving confidential Government Email.

    September 17, 2008 05:40 pm at 5:40 pm |
  23. Lynn:60 yr old Obama supporter

    I really can't believe anything this campaign says any more!! never a name, just a "report".

    September 17, 2008 05:40 pm at 5:40 pm |
  24. Tina

    If she was using private emails to discuss government business then she should be forced to turn over the emails. It looks like the people she was emailing were government employees.

    This woman is so Bush-like it's scary!

    September 17, 2008 05:40 pm at 5:40 pm |
  25. California Gold

    There is an old warning about not putting anything into writing that you wouldn't want made public.

    Frankly I'm more concerned about the DOD (Dept of Defense) breach when an employee took home a laptop with all of our sensitive data and then lost the laptop. Exposing innocent citizens to identity theft is far more important than Sarah Palin's sleazy e-mail.

    September 17, 2008 05:40 pm at 5:40 pm |
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