Secret Service investigating Romney email hacking
June 6th, 2012
12:52 PM ET
2 years ago

Secret Service investigating Romney email hacking

(CNN) - The United States Secret Service confirmed Wednesday it was investigating the reported hacking of Mitt Romney's email account, the day after Romney's campaign said authorities were looking into the matter.

Romney's presidential campaign on Tuesday acknowledged an investigation into the hacking of an old email account which has was identified as belonging to the former governor by documents published by The Wall Street Journal.

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"The proper authorities are investigating this crime and we will have no further comment on it," Romney campaign communications director Gail Gitcho said in an e-mailed statement.

The website Gawker said Tuesday afternoon that it had received a password to a Hotmail email account which was identified in emails published by the Journal as Romney's, dating to back to his days as governor of Massachusetts.

A post on the website said the account password was emailed to them, and they did not log in to the email account.

Romney has been known to guard his electronic footprint closely, as he and aides purchased work computers on their way out of the governor's office in 2007.

CNN's Joe Johns and Jim Acosta contributed to this report

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soundoff (19 Responses)
  1. Rudy NYC

    Romney has been known to guard his electronic footprint closely, as he and aides purchased work computers on their way out of the governor's office in 2007.
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    Purchased? Didn't they erase all of the ones that they did leave behind?

    June 6, 2012 12:59 pm at 12:59 pm |
  2. mcskadittle

    geez don't these republican candidates ever learn? complex passwords

    June 6, 2012 01:00 pm at 1:00 pm |
  3. Devon

    NewsFlash...... Mr Personality uses this group to Shied him from The Press. He definitly, unequevickly gets Thw Wuss of the Year Award...

    June 6, 2012 01:01 pm at 1:01 pm |
  4. cali girl

    Something to hide?

    June 6, 2012 01:09 pm at 1:09 pm |
  5. GROVER NORQUIST IS A ENEMY OF THE STATE/ConservaFASCISTS

    They should be investigating what happened to all the hard drives of the government computers while Willard was governor. What is he trying to hide???

    June 6, 2012 01:10 pm at 1:10 pm |
  6. Woman In California

    Romney has been known to guard his electronic footprint closely, as he and aides purchased work computers on their way out of the governor's office in 2007.

    This goes to character of which Willard has NONE. A president has to be able to speak to the people and as he's proven time and time again he is INCAPABLE of that. Go back to building your car elevators Willard – that way you can hide the blueprints if you want and no one would care.

    June 6, 2012 01:20 pm at 1:20 pm |
  7. Severely Moderate

    When will Rmoney stop playing hide-and-seek to come out clean before Americans?

    June 6, 2012 01:27 pm at 1:27 pm |
  8. anonymous

    Keepin' 'em honest?

    June 6, 2012 01:27 pm at 1:27 pm |
  9. paulcat

    He doesn't have much to say about his time as governor of Massachusetts, so what exactly is he hiding. I bet it is something good! Come on Mitt, make my day.

    June 6, 2012 01:29 pm at 1:29 pm |
  10. Marie MD

    Didn't his staff destroy any evidence after he left his bishopship in MA?
    Is he trying to play the victim like what's hef face from AK?
    I WANT TO SEE HIS 2011 TAX RETURNS!!!!!!! Preferably before Novembef 2012!!!

    June 6, 2012 01:36 pm at 1:36 pm |
  11. Malory Archer

    The secret service should really be investigating mittens and the MA officials who allowed him to buy and destroy his emails from his time in office. That's a violation of federal records laws and more than a few heads should roll over that.

    June 6, 2012 01:38 pm at 1:38 pm |
  12. Rudy NYC

    Anyone out there see "Spaceballs"? The password that the rich king used was priceless, "1-2-3-4-5".

    June 6, 2012 01:42 pm at 1:42 pm |
  13. Wake up people

    Too bad MSM will NEVER call him out for anything. This man is hiding a lot of things and everyone just looks the other way. Can you imagine how this would be playing out if it were President Obama's e mail that had been hacked?? The baggers and GOP would be salivating at the mouth AND wetting their pants.

    OBAMA 2012!

    June 6, 2012 01:48 pm at 1:48 pm |
  14. Myviewis

    If Obama's email had been hacked I think the person should go to jail for Breaking & Entering. It is a crime no different than someone breaking into your car, wallet, credit card, home. It should be punishable by law.

    June 6, 2012 01:53 pm at 1:53 pm |
  15. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    When billionaires have invested billions into Romney it makes sense for them to "hack away" anything that would cost them their investment, the hacker is right under their noses.

    June 6, 2012 02:00 pm at 2:00 pm |
  16. What a Joke

    @Cali Girl....spoken like a true loony democrate and that goes to all of you saying the same thing!!!!!!! Since none of you have anything to hide either, I want you to post your email address and password so we all can make sure!!! Seriously get a clue!!!!

    June 6, 2012 02:04 pm at 2:04 pm |
  17. Norma Vessels

    I surely do hope the hacking of Mr. Romney's e-mail while he was Governor of Massachusetts, doesn't bother him much, doesn't make him sweat a little, doesn't make him lose a little sleep. I surely do. :-)

    June 6, 2012 02:06 pm at 2:06 pm |
  18. GROVER NORQUIST IS A ENEMY OF THE STATE/ConservaFASCISTS

    spoken like a true loony democrate and that goes to all of you saying the same thing!!!!!!!
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    Gov. Duval Patrick’s office has been bombarded with inquiries for records from the Romney era, but what do you know? There is no electronic record of any Romney administration e-mails. All the computers, hard drives and servers are gone. Yes, he is hiding something.

    June 6, 2012 02:13 pm at 2:13 pm |
  19. GROVER NORQUIST IS A ENEMY OF THE STATE/ConservaFASCISTS

    Destroying publc records just goes to show that there is something Willard doesn't want known to the public. It could be shady practices, handouts to his billionaire buddies, or maybe he just watched alot of porn. I'm just assuming since we don't have the record to prove it.

    June 6, 2012 02:16 pm at 2:16 pm |