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. Donkey Party

    I have no pity for this woman. She shouldn't have been using a "public" e-mail account to do her political work, and she should've been more transparent about herself and her short history. Instead, she cowers behind the McCain campaign, seeking to squash the whole investigation through "executive privelige". I can't help it if people want to know something, anything, about the person running for the 2nd most powerful position in the world. She's just way out of her league, and everybody, Repubs, Dems, Indys and Undecidedes, all know it.

    September 18, 2008 07:57 am at 7:57 am |
  2. CRAZY

    Sounds like doom for Palin. She is playing with the big boys now. Lets see how tough she is after all that trash talking about Obama. She shouldn't cry now this is for all the marbles.

    Obama.........08

    September 18, 2008 07:58 am at 7:58 am |
  3. Kim

    Read the last sentence of this article. Is it not a crime to hide Government Email on a private email account? What a problem child.

    September 18, 2008 07:59 am at 7:59 am |
  4. Republicans Regret the Palin Pick

    Wonder why she was using a Yahoo email account for official State busines? What is she so afraid of and why will she not cooperate with the trooper gate investigation? Too many questions going unanswered. She was a bad pick and we will lose the election becasue of it.

    September 18, 2008 08:00 am at 8:00 am |
  5. mazola

    If there is nothing there, why should they be that scared.Hmmm Keeping personal secret emails and using it for work stuff...

    September 18, 2008 08:00 am at 8:00 am |
  6. SA in OO

    Shocking! And of course it’s illegal.

    Sort of like not responding to a subpoena is illegal; even if you get your state Attorney General to say it’s all OK, because their “oath of loyalty” puts Palin’s subpoenaed staff above the law. And I thought their oath of loyalty was to the state.

    Haven’t we seen this movie before? I think it starred Rove, Cheney, and Meyers.

    September 18, 2008 08:00 am at 8:00 am |
  7. James Carville

    Enough is enough

    C'mon, just because you elitists are tech savvy and can't live without your black berries, doesn't mean you resort to hacking and misuse your knowledge. If you are tech savvy, use it for something constructive. This must be the work of an elitist Obama supporter.

    James, FL

    September 18, 2008 08:00 am at 8:00 am |
  8. DL

    It is amazing how the MSM is taking this story – this horrible invasion of privacy – and turning it into nothing but a trivial matter, even turning the blame on the Governor herself. I am so ashamed to have ever watched CNN and suggested that it offers anything but completely biased rhetoric.

    September 18, 2008 08:00 am at 8:00 am |
  9. KD

    I am surprised McCain's camp even knew what e-mail was seeing as McCain himself has admitted to never having used it!

    September 18, 2008 08:02 am at 8:02 am |
  10. aliou FL

    One more distraction. What's she got? nothing .
    Talk about Mcbush

    Obama/Biden 08

    September 18, 2008 08:03 am at 8:03 am |
  11. pat

    So the McShame camp wants a full investigation on this but wants to stop the investigation on her firing the states top trooper.

    September 18, 2008 08:03 am at 8:03 am |
  12. East Coast Bum

    "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."

    Look, another potential scandal involving caribu wacko chick. Is this want we want near the WH. I did not think so.

    Dems...we so have this one in the bag. 2 more months and we never have to hear from this wind bag palin AGAIN!! and John too.....

    September 18, 2008 08:03 am at 8:03 am |
  13. Tom

    I thought Palin did not want to cooperate with an investigation? What a brave maverick!

    September 18, 2008 08:04 am at 8:04 am |
  14. Jim Hall

    WHAT ARE THE REPUBLICANS AFRAID OF MORE DIRTY LAUNDRY TO THE LIST JIM HALL.

    September 18, 2008 08:05 am at 8:05 am |
  15. gman

    WOW. Houston we have a problem.

    September 18, 2008 08:05 am at 8:05 am |
  16. aliou FL

    MCain Slapped all women in the face. Incompetent and corrupt. That's all GOP Got? An drewling old man and a pitbull in lipstic? Thank God I am a democrat.

    September 18, 2008 08:06 am at 8:06 am |
  17. nc

    she is lies go back to Alaska

    September 18, 2008 08:06 am at 8:06 am |
  18. Lorna, NY

    What are they hiding????

    September 18, 2008 08:07 am at 8:07 am |
  19. dave in RI

    and who is at fault for this one............wait for it........................wait for it
    That is right Barack Obama.
    It seems that everything that the rebuplucans can blame on Obama, they try to.

    September 18, 2008 08:07 am at 8:07 am |
  20. Boston

    I know she's your worst nightmare Obamatrons but please leave this good woman alone!

    September 18, 2008 08:07 am at 8:07 am |
  21. Annie

    With all the nonsense we've seen coming out of the McCain campaign, I certainly hope this isn't another ploy to redirect attention away from the issues. And if it is, they're certainly not serious players in the bid for the top 2 spots in our country.

    September 18, 2008 08:08 am at 8:08 am |
  22. nash

    Is all LIES, LIES AND LIARS. JUST A SPIN TO KEEP THE LIES SPINNING TILL NOV 4, THAT'S. MAYBE TOMORROW, IT WILL BE ONE OF THE HACKERS HAS EMAIL HER DAUGHTERS OR ANOTHER LIES. THINK AMERICAN, THINK.

    September 18, 2008 08:08 am at 8:08 am |
  23. Charles S. Crivellaro

    Greetings!

    I've read and now I understand that Yahoo explains in their Privacy Policy that they may share and disclose your personal information under certain circumstances.

    Come on folks, everyone knows that when you post photos on the internet you've just shared them with the world.

    "McCain's Pain" (Palin) should have more common sense then to jepordize her families privacy by posting their photos on the internet. I agree, why would she be using yahoo email to conduct government business. There should be a secure email system within the Alaskan State Government for her access. "McCain's Pain (Palin) is at it again.

    Mediforically speaking: "Cane & Pain" it fits them to a tee.

    September 18, 2008 08:09 am at 8:09 am |
  24. PSK

    When you step up to the VP plate, NOTHING is personal or private anymore. Not condoning the act- but come on Palin, how naive can you be?

    September 18, 2008 08:09 am at 8:09 am |
  25. Republicans Hate America

    Whats wrong with being wire tapped McCain? Is that not what you and your fascists friends have subscribed too all these years in the name of national security? Whats the right wing argument here lets see...if you have nothing to hide then whats the big deal if they snoop around in your files? something like that right. why now make such a big fuss? Surely Palin has nothing to hide so whats the problem if it keeps the terrorists out of our boarders?

    You see McPhony now how the rest of us law abiding citizens feel when our privacy is trampled and trivialized?

    September 18, 2008 08:09 am at 8:09 am |
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