September 18th, 2008
06:56 AM 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 (572 Responses)
  1. Ron

    I've always been with the thought that if there isn't any dirt to play in, you won't get dirty. What's the problem? If Palin and family are good decent family than facts about their life shouldn't make a differance. Why hide it unless, of course, it's not that righteous.

    September 18, 2008 09:19 am at 9:19 am |
  2. Luke

    Unfortunately, as a public leader and worker FOR the tax payers, her email is not private. The email system was purchased by and for the people of the State of Alaska.

    Many states have ruled that email is public record and there are hundreds of cases of emails being accessed for any number of reasons. There is probably a process for accessing any emails from anyone in Alaska's public office.

    She should follow McCain's path and just not learn how to use email....

    What a pair......

    September 18, 2008 09:19 am at 9:19 am |
  3. Jory

    The Republicans probably hacked Sarah's email account themselves. What better way to draw atttention to a losing ticket?

    September 18, 2008 09:19 am at 9:19 am |
  4. Karen - South Africa

    Funny how the fact that Palin's email got hacked needs an investigation, but "troopergate". . . not so much.

    It seems that the Republicans could run for office here in South Africa.
    Maybe you have a spot for Jacob Zuma on your ticket.

    September 18, 2008 09:19 am at 9:19 am |
  5. James in NJ

    McCain camp,
    McCain's first question to Palin: What is a Hack and Is that another one of your kids name's?

    Obama/Biden in 08!

    September 18, 2008 09:19 am at 9:19 am |
  6. linda., bella vista, ar

    I thought that 'spying' on one's neighbor was central to the GOP platform.

    September 18, 2008 09:19 am at 9:19 am |
  7. S.B. Stein E.B. NJ

    The question is why would she even bother to use a private e-mail account for state business? This raises questions about how accountable the governor and her staff are. Another important question it raises is about the transparency of government. If we the public can see what our government is doing, then how accountable can it be?

    Why won't she and her staff appear before the inquiry? This goes the poin that she and the McCain campaign made about being reformers. I thought that reformers would make government more open and transparent so that the public could be kept in the loop. I guess there was something that I missed in that idea.

    September 18, 2008 09:19 am at 9:19 am |
  8. Pateles

    It was carried out by a hacking group known as Anonymous. I Googled ‘Anonymous Hacking Group’ and here is what I found. Anonymous hacked SOHH[dot]com, a hip-hop music site, and covered with Nazi propaganda and racial epitaphs( source MTV 2007). They also released a statement that they wanted to dismantle the Church of Scientology (source cnet news June 2008). This is by no means a smear conducted by Barack Obama. I would find it hard to believe that someone of African American dissent would get an anti semitic group to run his "smear campaign". Do everyone a favor and research the news you read before you make uneducated statements to confuse others.

    September 18, 2008 09:19 am at 9:19 am |
  9. Dave in Florida

    OF COURSE SHE'S HIDING SOMETHING!!!!! SHE IS REFUSING TO COOPERATE WITH THE INVESTIGATION. IF YOU ARE NOT GUILTY WHY NOT COOPERATE???? SOUNDS LIKE MORE OF BUSH/CHENEY TO ME.

    September 18, 2008 09:19 am at 9:19 am |
  10. Bruce

    And you know Obama did this how exactly?

    September 18, 2008 09:19 am at 9:19 am |
  11. S.T. Vandergrift

    I'm sure that the dirty dems are behind this invasion of privacy – they should be ashamed of themselves. I wonder what Obama's e-mails to Rev. Wright contain????????

    September 18, 2008 09:20 am at 9:20 am |
  12. Beth Campbell

    It is terribly sad that the political process in this country has gotten to "destroy at all cost". Identity theft is a major problem we face. It would be nice if the people behind this, that are so proud of themselves for this despicable act would put their illegal talents to better use. Why don't they find Osama's email account or any of the many terrorist who really want to kill us! I hope they and anyone who posted the information – that the knew to be illegal – are prosecuted.

    September 18, 2008 09:20 am at 9:20 am |
  13. Stizzle

    Are you sure your not the demon? You can't seem to figure out the CAPS-Lock button?

    Anyways, I can't wait to see if there is anything juicy in those emails. lol :)

    September 18, 2008 09:20 am at 9:20 am |
  14. Barney

    S – Obama didn't unleash this – the state of Alaska started it long before we heard of her. Quit with the lies.

    September 18, 2008 09:20 am at 9:20 am |
  15. Horpel

    Sarah Palin is asking for pain. She already contradicts herself in mid-sentence trying to answer the simplest of questions. This will only hurt the GOP campaign more. She'll have a real rough time with Biden in the debate. He knows what he's talking about.

    September 18, 2008 09:20 am at 9:20 am |
  16. Michelle in Philly

    I agree with you S. Someone in the media really needs to take the lead and expose Obama for his lies and his smear tactics. The media is doing America a HUGE disservice.

    I am an informed voter through my own research and reading up on both candidates, I couldn't rely on the biased media to give me the information I needed to make up my mind.

    My vote is for McCain/Palin

    September 18, 2008 09:20 am at 9:20 am |
  17. jfs Memhis, Tn

    SORRY.
    She should not have used public 'E' mail for official state business. That is why there exists a SECURE 'E' maill address for the Govenor of Alaska !!! If Public addresses, istead of protected sites, THIS very thing can happpen. Here's the deal, if she was TRYING to avoid exchange of info about anything to do with State business and used a Public 'E' mail address she was negligent .............in the long run she accomplished nothing. I support Obama and I too would be angry ; but, a public address can always be just that............PUBLIC.

    September 18, 2008 09:20 am at 9:20 am |
  18. Scott in Atlanta

    Didn't Karl Rove do the same thing... He broke into his own office and blamed it on the opposing campaign. By the time the media fervor calmed down and realized that it was an inside job, the damage had been done and the other campaign was destroyed by the lie. Do your research folks. Don't be hoodwinked.

    Tisk...tisk... Stop it Karl!!!

    September 18, 2008 09:20 am at 9:20 am |
  19. Uncle Daddy

    Big whoop. Now we will find out what color lipstick the pitbull wears and that kids love Totino's pizza rolls after a hockey game.

    September 18, 2008 09:20 am at 9:20 am |
  20. Larkin GA

    The only smear is mccain/palin lies. check your facts.

    September 18, 2008 09:20 am at 9:20 am |
  21. A

    Rubbish! Anything that happens to this candidate is not what Obama or Libs are doing. Absolutely rubbish! Everyone knows Obama has better things to do(like really talking about issues), unlike the Republic candidates and supporters whose only "to-do" list is criticizing the Libs.

    VOTE OBAMA!!!

    September 18, 2008 09:20 am at 9:20 am |
  22. Janey/Michigan

    How can anyone not believe it was a Democrat that pulled this illegal smear attempt? Just read all of the nasty blogs from Obama/Biden supporters that CNN continues to promote with baiter articles like Cafferty File.

    September 18, 2008 09:20 am at 9:20 am |
  23. Women for Obama/Biden

    iF THEY COULD HACK YOUR EMAIL AS A GOV. Campaigning to be VP the nation cant entrust you with our security.

    September 18, 2008 09:20 am at 9:20 am |
  24. L

    Brilliant editing job...

    "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."

    And S, find other new sources other than CNN. You might actually learn something.

    September 18, 2008 09:20 am at 9:20 am |
  25. ONE

    WE ARE THE GOVERNMENT. WE ARE THE LAW. WE ARE ANONYMOUS. IF YOU FALL OUT OF OUR FAVOR, THEN WE CAN MAKE IT SO THAT YOU NO LONGER EXIST. YOU HAVE NO FREEDOM BUT FOR THAT WHICH WE GRANT YOU. WE ARE ALWAYS WATCHING, AND ALWAYS ACTIVE.

    September 18, 2008 09:20 am at 9:20 am |
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