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. kevin

    Sarah Palin.....why won't you comply with what the authorities?? There is an old say that "people with nothing to hide, hide nothing." Sounds to me like you are trying to hide something. SWEET and you could be in the white house!!! WOW what an honorable thing to do.

    September 17, 2008 05:47 pm at 5:47 pm |
  2. brad

    On Yahoo. You are crazy. This is very scary.

    September 17, 2008 05:47 pm at 5:47 pm |
  3. Danny from Phoenix

    Wow.. we are going to trust someone on National security, yet she cannot even practice safe e-mail communications by using Yahoo? Pathetic.

    September 17, 2008 05:48 pm at 5:48 pm |
  4. Chris

    "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."

    What a brilliant person Sarah Palin is...not.

    September 17, 2008 05:48 pm at 5:48 pm |
  5. Copperfield

    Let this be the COUNTDOWN before the McCain-Palin campaign blames Obama for yet another ridiculous thing...

    September 17, 2008 05:48 pm at 5:48 pm |
  6. Jimmy

    Oh boo hoo. Did Barack cry when his personal PRAYER he left at the Wailing Wall was posted on the internet–NO.

    She's not that bright, so I'm sure her emails are filled with the latest moose pie recipe.

    Obama/Biden 08

    September 17, 2008 05:48 pm at 5:48 pm |
  7. MBM2008

    Distraction News ! Stick to the issues. Bottom line....if you're happy with George Bush, vote for McCain. Eight is enough !

    McCain = Bush

    September 17, 2008 05:48 pm at 5:48 pm |
  8. Dawn Lancaster

    Hmm, tell me, does the common folk think that any republican in this century should be held accountable?????

    September 17, 2008 05:49 pm at 5:49 pm |
  9. O'BIDEN

    Boy She is already lining herself up with Bush/Cheney. Hiding State business on personal emails and calling for executive privilage for her and her staff when subpeonas.

    September 17, 2008 05:49 pm at 5:49 pm |
  10. Que Quedas

    IT HAS BEEN NOTHING BUT DRAMA DRAMA DRAMA.......SINCE THE ALASKAN GOVERNOR HAS BEEN ON THE SCENE........WHAT ARE YO SAYING mC pALIN YOU DON'T HAVE A FIREWALL IN YOUR OFFICE....PEOPLE OTHER THAN ALASKANS HAVE THE INTERNET.......I KNOW MC CAIN INVENTED THE BLACKBERRY BUT HE DIDN'T SET UP THE SECURITY SYSTEM FOR YOU......LOL JUST ANOTHER STORY TO FEEL SORRY FOR THE OLD MAN AND HIS TOY

    September 17, 2008 05:49 pm at 5:49 pm |
  11. Rebecca

    This is really disgusting. They actually posted all her friend's email addresses for all to see. Personal pictures. This is a new low in american tabloid journalism. Does anyone have a right to privacy.

    September 17, 2008 05:49 pm at 5:49 pm |
  12. pat

    The O-Kids are too young to remember watergate, however slick Barry and Joey B took lessons back in the day. Another CORRUPT move from the Obama campaign. However him and his cult are into cheating to succeed. America won't let another CORRUPT and sleazy lawyer like Barry Obama into office. Elect the Mavericks, honest, honorable and will protect the USA.

    September 17, 2008 05:49 pm at 5:49 pm |
  13. socalgal59

    The greater concern with Palin's use of personal email accounts to conduct state business is security.

    Palin's desire to circumvent freedom of information laws compromised state security.

    Did it not occur to her the best way to control a paper trail is to simply not write down any thing she wanted to keep confidential? My goodness, how stupid can one be?

    The more we learn about Palin, the more apparent her inexperience, poor judgment, and outright reckless stupidity.

    September 17, 2008 05:49 pm at 5:49 pm |
  14. bruja

    Bobby you are an idiot! (or are you sarcastic?)

    September 17, 2008 05:50 pm at 5:50 pm |
  15. In What Way Charlieeeeeeeeee

    I think it was Charlie Gibson. He probably wants to get some answers to the questions Sarah ignored.

    Obama/Biden 08

    September 17, 2008 05:50 pm at 5:50 pm |
  16. Michael

    Makes sense that she got hacked. Since McCain barely knows how to use e-mail, we know he's not qualified to teach Palin best practices. Seriously though, using a personal e-mail account, through Yahoo of all places to conduct parts of state business is just asking for trouble. November 4th can't get here fast enough.

    September 17, 2008 05:50 pm at 5:50 pm |
  17. john wilson,Pa

    Why they follow her like this.Is she doing something wrong.Or she came frome no where and go to white house easy.

    September 17, 2008 05:50 pm at 5:50 pm |
  18. Chris

    Conservative and Proud September 17th, 2008 5:42 pm ET

    "I'll go ahead and say I doubt Obama's people had anything to do with this. It's wrong and a violation of her rights. And if the same thing happened to Obama, the fit would hit the shan."

    Obama wouldn't do something so stupid, like using a Yahoo account for government business anyway.

    September 17, 2008 05:50 pm at 5:50 pm |
  19. Mortimer

    That's convenient before the Troopergate investigation can subpoena her email.

    September 17, 2008 05:50 pm at 5:50 pm |
  20. obama/Biden

    Why don't you print the rest of this story that is on Huffington Post CNN?
    There is plenty of cover up going on with Palin and the investigation so why don't you post this so voters know what she is up to ?
    This is more Republican Bush Cheney,McCain ,Rove Graham cover up just to name a few that has been going on for last 8 years .

    September 17, 2008 05:51 pm at 5:51 pm |
  21. RDS

    @Bobby September 17th, 2008 5:42 pm ET

    Probably one of the Obama people
    ____________________________
    Wouldn't you love it if it was...sorry this group has nothing to do with the Obama campaign and has broken into other people's email accounts as well in an effort to expose things they believe are being withheld. Stop trying to blame Obama for everything that goes wrong with the McCain/Palin campaign!

    September 17, 2008 05:51 pm at 5:51 pm |
  22. Paul

    This is why you dems wont win the white house and as far as CNN polls they are false. Almost all polls show McCain ahead in Ohio and Florida. Nice try liberal media!

    September 17, 2008 05:51 pm at 5:51 pm |
  23. sharon

    mudflats.com
    all the info on Palin from the folks who should know..best Alaskan blog site ever

    September 17, 2008 05:51 pm at 5:51 pm |
  24. Alvin

    Palin has to co-operate with investigators. No one is above the law especially when they are claiming to be `reformers`.

    Obama 08

    September 17, 2008 05:51 pm at 5:51 pm |
  25. Nancy from MA

    I saw Michelle Obama at Starbucks with a laptop. Maybe she is the one doing the hacking.

    HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA

    September 17, 2008 05:51 pm at 5:51 pm |
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