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. SK Obama 08

    wow.

    she should understand that VPs dont use yahoo

    too easy to hack.

    September 17, 2008 05:51 pm at 5:51 pm |
  2. MLD

    Surprise, surprise. Illegal activities from the Obama camp.

    September 17, 2008 05:51 pm at 5:51 pm |
  3. Big Daddy

    LOL, it was McCain. He needs to check on her like any dad would check on his teenager.

    September 17, 2008 05:51 pm at 5:51 pm |
  4. Enough

    Well I say since she is a "public servant" and not the other way around....all of her activities should be opened to public review.

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

    whatever? can we afford it john?

    September 17, 2008 05:52 pm at 5:52 pm |
  6. Danny, OH

    A Governor using yahoo email. What an ignorant human being. And she has the audacity to shake Washington. You see Washington has already shaken you,

    September 17, 2008 05:52 pm at 5:52 pm |
  7. Whaaaaaaaaaa

    It was her baby–that's the only way he can connect to his mother, who's missing in action.

    September 17, 2008 05:52 pm at 5:52 pm |
  8. Julia

    This woman is so unprofessional. She's a soccer mom on a power trip.

    September 17, 2008 05:52 pm at 5:52 pm |
  9. judy, Wisconsin

    Well, the government is allowed to check what books we are reading from the library and monitoring our calls, so what's her complaint?

    September 17, 2008 05:52 pm at 5:52 pm |
  10. Stephen Gianelli

    All persons found to be in violation of the law should be prosecuted. and sent to prision. This is an outragious Watergate-style break-in–21st Century version.

    In addition, the danger to Palin and her family created by this crime and Gawker.com's knowing re-publication of stolen data is very serious.

    September 17, 2008 05:52 pm at 5:52 pm |
  11. Rick

    The only hack here is John McCain.

    September 17, 2008 05:53 pm at 5:53 pm |
  12. Darryl

    Why is Senator John McCain Block the Palin investigation?

    Is it because she got something to hide?

    This lady have too much trash in her closet..

    September 17, 2008 05:53 pm at 5:53 pm |
  13. dollorbil

    I think McCain is the most disengeneous people in the world. He tells lies and talks out of both sides of his mouth. I will bet he is the one that has had Palin's email hacked. Just to see what she is up too.

    September 17, 2008 05:53 pm at 5:53 pm |
  14. Sarah Palin and African Americans in Alaska

    Any email in the company I work for belongs to the company. What does she have to hide? Even my personal email doesn't have anything in it that I would not want made public, but that's just me...even though the Repubs lie and tell me that Sarah is just like the average person...I'm not hiding my emails from the public.

    September 17, 2008 05:53 pm at 5:53 pm |
  15. Hollywood Sarah

    It was her talent agent, trying to drum up more drama, as if she really needs more drama.

    September 17, 2008 05:53 pm at 5:53 pm |
  16. Dawn

    The Obama campaign needs to be investigated immediately!

    September 17, 2008 05:54 pm at 5:54 pm |
  17. Sage

    just went to the site...oh boy, i can't understand anyone trusting this woman, not even a little bit.

    September 17, 2008 05:54 pm at 5:54 pm |
  18. Steve/Houston,TX

    I wonder what was in those personal emails? I'm sure Obama will be blamed for it all. Just like hip-hop, he is the blame for America's destruction.

    September 17, 2008 05:54 pm at 5:54 pm |
  19. calle

    DIVERSION PEOPLE DIVERSION DON'T BELIEVE THE HYPE.
    Anyone with half a brain knows not to place any sensitive and personal material on a yahoo or anyother email account. I SMELL A RAT TRYING TO DIVERT THE PUBLIC'S ATTENTION, AGAIN, AWAY FROM THE REAL ISSUES.

    September 17, 2008 05:54 pm at 5:54 pm |
  20. Rebecca

    There WAS NO government business in those emails. Just emails from and to friends. Some political yes but not governor business. If she had used her official governor email then she would have been accused of misusing her office.

    This is insane. If this had been done to Obama it would be on the front page of all blogs and everyone would have been up in arms talking about sleezy politics.

    September 17, 2008 05:54 pm at 5:54 pm |
  21. Barack Obama

    Just trying to follow in the footsteps of my idol, Joseph Stalin.

    September 17, 2008 05:54 pm at 5:54 pm |
  22. Adrienne

    Obama can be an 'action force leader' with out being the angry black man. He knows how to do it.
    But if fizzle dizzle Obama shows up at the debates then we lose the race.
    I hope thay pull the 2 min ad. It made me mad. I wanted to kick the cat. Obama being the cat.
    That is not what Obama should be aiming for. We want red meat from a hunter and he gave us a bowl of milk toast today.
    McCain looked like a dork in his ad today too, though. He tried too hard to act tough. 'I've faced tougher guys then this". Yeah, and got shot down and tossed in a cage and raped by men for 5 years, top gun.
    McCain over did it... but Obama way, way under did it and that is worse.

    Who ever scripted that loser 2 min ad for Obama needs to be FIRED.

    September 17, 2008 05:54 pm at 5:54 pm |
  23. Robert Deming

    Good Job! Nail her to her cross!

    September 17, 2008 05:54 pm at 5:54 pm |
  24. Real Real Change

    "I said thanks but no thank"
    "Barack Obama is going to raise your taxes"
    "I didn't presure anybody to fire my Bother-in-law"
    "I sold that plane for a profit on ebay"
    "Barack wants to teach sex ed to kindergarteners"
    "My email has been hacked"

    September 17, 2008 05:54 pm at 5:54 pm |
  25. Sage

    this is soooooo sexist!!! LOL

    September 17, 2008 05:54 pm at 5:54 pm |
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