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. KARA

    Just another Rep. ploy -- a cry for attention!
    Poor Sarah.

    OBAMA FOR CHANGE (and after this week, we DO need change).

    September 18, 2008 09:21 am at 9:21 am |
  2. Mike in Columbus

    "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."

    Wow, for a "Washington Outsider", she sure seems like she's going to fit right in.

    President Palin... how terrifying is that? Chilling!

    September 18, 2008 09:21 am at 9:21 am |
  3. Jack Carlson

    To prison for 20 yrs for those who hacked her computer – and 5 yrs for those who copies the infor on any web site.
    Also, give them a computer in their jail cell that "does not work" requiring them to sit in front of the computer for 4 hrs a day – one that does not work.
    Jack Carlson
    Seattle WA

    September 18, 2008 09:21 am at 9:21 am |
  4. TexicoFrom Mexico

    I just have one question for everyone is this country.

    Why would you want a President who does not even know how to send an email in this age of technology and why would you want a Vice President that is so stupid she uses Yahoo or any other type of free email service as your offical work email? Sounds pretty lame to me....

    The lies are starting to catch up to these people and you can only tap dance so long.....then as we all know, it will be time to pay the fiddler.

    Veterans for Obama

    September 18, 2008 09:21 am at 9:21 am |
  5. MayDay

    I'm just waiting on McCain/Palin to blame this on the Obama campaign.

    Headline: "Obama Campaign hired hacker to hack into Palin's Personal Emails"

    Hell, they get blamed for everything else.

    September 18, 2008 09:21 am at 9:21 am |
  6. angie - dallas -28

    Wow, she must have had something to hide if people are risking jail time to get the information out.
    Right on you little radicals!! i’m sure some of the paranoid racists people will try to spin this as Obama’s fault.. but trust when I say this…
    The truth always comes out when people try their hardest to hide it.

    September 18, 2008 09:21 am at 9:21 am |
  7. James B. New Jersey

    Obama had nothing to do with this like the not so smart "S" states. This is her fault for not using the states email to conduct state business and discuss issues with state personel. I hope we don't see Federal Government business being conducted on Yahoo. also what was she trying to hide?

    September 18, 2008 09:21 am at 9:21 am |
  8. chris

    Wow, really? Did you really just say that?

    September 18, 2008 09:21 am at 9:21 am |
  9. independent in TX

    I grow tired of this two party system where each party points fingers at the other for the economy, the war, and our soon to be socialist society. Both of these parties are responsible for our slow demise as a society. Neither party truly cares about americans only our votes. How many Dems will come out and condemn this action? I will continue to vote for a third party until the top two start having real debates again. I am a liberal living in a red state but could not and still can not see a real cadidate to put my support behind. Again; How many Dems will condemn this action?

    September 18, 2008 09:21 am at 9:21 am |
  10. R

    A) You shouldn't be conducting government business on your personal Yahoo account. Period.

    B) It speaks to Palin's poor judgment.

    C) You shouldn't be CC'ing your husband, a civilian, when conducting state business.

    D) This speaks really poorly about Palin's judgment.

    September 18, 2008 09:22 am at 9:22 am |
  11. TC

    GEE!

    ONE DAY THEY ARE SUING TO STOP AN INVESTIGATION AND THE NEXT DAY THEY ARE ASKING FOR ONE.

    AND THE FLIP-FLOPPING CONTINUES!

    September 18, 2008 09:22 am at 9:22 am |
  12. undecided in ohio

    maybe if the McCain campaign would let the media question Palin, hackers would be less interested in her...

    September 18, 2008 09:22 am at 9:22 am |
  13. BUFAN

    "This is a shocking invasion of the Governor's privacy and a violation of law," campaign manager Rick Davis said in a statement.

    Well if that is the case, what about Gov. Palin violating the law on using email accounts such as Yahoo for government use?

    September 18, 2008 09:22 am at 9:22 am |
  14. Phil in KC

    To "s" –
    There has been no proof, nor even allegation, that the Obama campaign is behind this I saw no smear tactics from the Obama campaign in the primaries. And it was the Clintons that brought up race first. You need to go back and check your facts.

    September 18, 2008 09:22 am at 9:22 am |
  15. Michael I Hastings Minnesota

    Isn't it a Violation of law by conducting official business on a personal e-mail account so the excahnges are hidden from the public doing the publics business ?

    Just another Bush thinking she is above the people

    September 18, 2008 09:22 am at 9:22 am |
  16. THE VOICE OF COMMON SENSE (Independent Voter - Charlotte, NC

    ALL hackers, spamers, and identity thieves should be put in prison for decades and receive max fines! It would be nice if all Presidential Canidates would also discuss this issue and do something about it when they get into office.

    September 18, 2008 09:22 am at 9:22 am |
  17. C

    You left your caps lock on..... and Obama had nothing to do with it. I heard it was Ebaumsworld.

    September 18, 2008 09:22 am at 9:22 am |
  18. MarioB., Berlin FOR OBAMA/BIDEN

    what the heck has Obama to do with that?

    Maybe it was McCain himself. Since we all know, he invented the Blackberry, he might also be a PC-crack. lol

    I don't care for that. It just shows, a pitbull better not write e-mails...
    No, truly. It's HER fault. She's hiding something, that's why she abused her power and wrote some business mails from her private account. Sarah Abuseacuda

    I do not accept or support hackers. But I support truth-telling to the people and we as the people have The RIGHT to know, what she wrote, we have the RIGHT to know ALL of her records as governor and mayor! Because WE have the power to whether vote McFailin or OBAMA. So don't try to fool us, Abuseacuda with lipstick...

    September 18, 2008 09:22 am at 9:22 am |
  19. Get a life!!!

    Every little thing in this campaign has been blamed on Obama. What crazy people do in their day to day lives has nothing to do with Obama. Who cares what is in her e-mails. Her own public lies or mis-steps will let people judge her qualifications.

    Vote no to MCPAIN !!!

    September 18, 2008 09:23 am at 9:23 am |
  20. Tom in DC

    If the GOP is smart, they will continue to "hide and duck" Sarah. She is all moose stew and no substance. A fraud. Her approach to governing would be no difference than Bush's. Divisive. Secretive. Destructive.

    September 18, 2008 09:23 am at 9:23 am |
  21. mATTk

    Actually it's about the lies and corruption of Sarah {Palin. The longer the federal government thinks it is better than the people, and above the law, the more aggressive THE PEOPLE will be that WANT ANSWERS. As these hacked emails show she does have things to hide. She alludes to smearing competitors and corruption. These emails, obtained illegaly, prove why she is HIDING HER GOVERNMENT emails.

    September 18, 2008 09:23 am at 9:23 am |
  22. John Schmidt

    This is typical Chicago Politics...they get super dirty and jeapordize people's lives when they become worried they will not win.
    Come on, Obama threw his Mentor under the bus so that he could run unopposed in Chicago...we saw it.
    J Schmidt
    Chicago Illinois

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

    S
    This is how you GOP war mongers stray away from the issues. Like McShame and Failin. Failing was asked what she will bring to the oval office on national security if elected...no answer.."i am ready bring it on any country"..is that the best GOP can come up with?

    September 18, 2008 09:23 am at 9:23 am |
  24. lmj

    It doesn't matter if she is a decent person. She is not ready to be VP of the United States. Even a top McCain adviser said she couldn't run a large company. Well, MY FRIEND, (to quote McCain) the U. S. is a very large company.

    Accoring to John McCain, Sarah Palin is the most knowledgable person in the whole U. S. about energy (John McCain's words, not mine) then why is the cost of gas in Alaska about $4.38 a gallon, highest in the nation. Could this be more of the Karl Rove/George Bush/Dick Cheney big lie campaign.

    September 18, 2008 09:23 am at 9:23 am |
  25. Paul

    This is Watergate all over again. I would like to know who ok this in the Obama Campaign; How far up the chain does it go, and did Obama know about this?

    I know now who I am going to vote for and it’s NOT Obama,

    McCain Puts Country first, Obama puts Obama First.

    September 18, 2008 09:23 am at 9:23 am |
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