(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.
let us read the news from yestrday, who was behinde inveting Blackberry?
Obama declared himself a uniter and, like Bush... has proven himself quite the opposite.
He accused HRC of polarizing... and proved himself the true polarizing politician.
He promised change and gave us more of the same old political tactics and dirty games.
He hyped hope and peddled lies.
Could I ask a question why is Palin in so much trouble and why McCain did not know anything about her when he selecting her for VP and he only met her one time but he states she have more experience then Obama but he only knew her for 1 month.
A) I don't believe this story for a second. Probably a publicity stunt.
B) If it is true – I'm surprised they're not blaming Obama.
C) If it is true – what has she got to hide?
LAIRS........LAIRS..........LAIRS........i dont care about her or her yahoo email all i care is for food on my table and i know democrat will do that atleast.
She is as Guilty as the hacker.............
Hackers deserve long harsh punishments; but if SP wants people to believe in upholding the law of the land she must not put herself above it – what happened to her own "I have nothing to hide" statements about potential ethical violations. Folks reap what they sow.
United Socialist States of America, Thanks McBush/Bush
Socialized Housing mortgages
Socialized Oil Drilling
These Commie Republican Bastards.... Is there no stopping them????
This country just lost close to a trillion dollars in wealth in the last 2 days and this is what the republicans are outraged about!
Hey were are all of palin cheerleaders, I hope the lights are coming.
Right...they will investigate hacking into her e-mail but not Troopergate.
Looks like the use of private email to conduct government business and avoid public inquiry backfired.
I'd be interested in whats in those emails and why its that important to be kept secret. They'll probably be all over the web by tonight anyway.
Someone snooping into a Republican's email? How ironic.
I am opposed to Palin as incredibly undeserving of our votes, but I agree that the hacker who did this should be brought to justice.
Not justifying this person's action, but...
It is important to note that she has had her entire staff communicate by personal emails to subpoena-proof her administration. This is a little troubling from someone who claims to be all about open govt and accountability – something Palin has gone to great lengths to avoid.
May be now we will get to know the contents finally as she was trying to cover up all those emails. We all should be ashamed to have someone like this on a VP ticket
This is why is it against the law to conduct government business on a personal e-mail account.
What if she was VP and was discussing national security issues?
Palin has broken the law and needs to be held accountable!
Waiting for McCain to claim that Obama did it with the Blackberry he invented...
I'm no Palin fan, but hacking e-mail accounts is lame! You shoudl subpoena the relevant messages – otoh, then she'd probably just refuse to cooperate, which is, apparently, one of her miraculous powers.
This woman and John McCain think that they are above the law.
This is just too funny....yes she is being picked on...I am sorry F.B.I, Sarah and whomever else..but you shouldnt be suprised when you find she is selling Rape Kits to victims on EBAY!
Sorry but you have been hacked!
Oh we all know that McCain didn't hack it! LoL
Blame this on McCain- oh but Obama claims Old John can't e-mail or use a computer.
But we all KNOW the Obamabots live at their keyboards and cell phones.
Guess we know who is subverting the democratic process- ONCE AGAIN.
How can either Clinton support this tyrant, Obama the great.
If she had nothing to hide............................
Well Gov Palin, if you weren't using your Yahoo account to hide official business from the public, you wouldn't have gotten hacked would you?
Guess what deary, just because you cancelled the accounts today doesn't mean that the emails aren't on yahoo's servers and subject to being turned over to authorities in their investigation of your Richard Nixon style of management. Watergate/Troopergate....this time the comparison fits!
Dear Amy- Wow it has been such a whirl to my bee-hive since Grandpa picked me! I just wish he would quit asking me to sit on his knee. What is up this like trooper gate thing, huh? I am like so the princess of Alaska, and what I say goes, right? If I say you are fired, you are like so totally fired. I mean, like I should have to answer to anyone! Gotta go! Todd is trying to read over my shoulder.
Just seems off...So is Yahoo the official email for govt official???
Just seems unprofessional.
Sad that her privacy was invaded though, celebrities get no privacy, ask Paris Hilton.