September 17th, 2008
07:30 PM ET
14 years ago

McCain camp seeks investigation over reported e-mail hack

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[cnn-photo-caption image= caption=" 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

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 (407 Responses)
  1. Chris

    Lot of people have their E-mails hacked everyday ... what's all the fuzz about it ....

    September 17, 2008 06:00 pm at 6:00 pm |
  2. Amy, NYC

    "My teleprompter stopped working at the RNC and I had to improvise'

    September 17, 2008 06:00 pm at 6:00 pm |
  3. Lee-- Dallas, TX

    If she would have used her government authorized account this would not have happened; I know this as a personal truth.

    But she wanted to work around the system and look where its gotten her. Good luck with the sympothy card.

    September 17, 2008 06:00 pm at 6:00 pm |
  4. Bama for Obama

    Watch some lying McPain person say it was Obama's camp …Oh wait one did in this blog right Bobby

    September 17, 2008 06:00 pm at 6:00 pm |
  5. Foreigner watching


    September 17, 2008 06:00 pm at 6:00 pm |
  6. CindyN--PA

    This is so shocking. OMG not that. Not my personal conversations with "First Dude"...

    Pathetic. I hope they unravel all of her lies for what they are.
    Just calling Todd, "First Dude" disgraces our country.
    Keep on keeping on and dumbing down the WhiteHouse.

    September 17, 2008 06:01 pm at 6:01 pm |

    John McSame DOESN'T HAVE A CLUE on how to use the how did he figure out his air head veepee pick email got hacked?

    September 17, 2008 06:01 pm at 6:01 pm |
  8. Mike D. in San Diego

    I don't get everybody griping that Palin isn't qualified to be a Republican president. An empty suit who spouts right wing rhetoric...she might be more like our current president than McCain.

    September 17, 2008 06:01 pm at 6:01 pm |
  9. Ian Macgregor

    A Yahoo account? No wonder someone was able to hack it.

    September 17, 2008 06:01 pm at 6:01 pm |

    Maybe the authorities should show this republican hack how it is when you pick and choose the laws you will adhere to, by just telling her the will not investigate!

    September 17, 2008 06:01 pm at 6:01 pm |
  11. yeah right


    September 17, 2008 06:01 pm at 6:01 pm |
  12. Baroy

    Well with NObamas ties to the middle east and the scammers who donate to his campaign, ts only likely that some of his supporters cooked this up.
    If you are not a pro Islamic, anti family, pro-abortion hack its likely they will try anything to snipe at your the side lines of life.

    September 17, 2008 06:02 pm at 6:02 pm |
  13. Michael

    These little Obama sheep continue to stop at nothing. Bring on the revolution so we can clean house of these useless, bitter troll.s

    September 17, 2008 06:02 pm at 6:02 pm |
  14. Anyonmous

    Just a reminder it wasn't what was stolen that led to President Nixon resigning, with the Watergate scandal, it was the ACT OF HIDING THE THEFT and LYING ABOUT IT.

    Is anyone in the Obama camp VERY nervous right now?
    I doubt anyone at Sen Obama camp had anything to do with this. If any one did this could be the end of Obamas chance for the white house. I doubt there is a connection.

    The secret service is on the case and they WILL find the truth.

    September 17, 2008 06:02 pm at 6:02 pm |
  15. JEC

    Interesting that McCain is calling for an immediate investigation – while Palin (and her staff) are doing all that they can to stall and block the investigation of her alleged interference with personnel decisions aka Troppergate.

    September 17, 2008 06:02 pm at 6:02 pm |
  16. the other jd

    Sean-I cannot believe you are sitting in my chair! I so know you have been. You are going to find yourself on the bridge to nowhere, drifting with the drowning polar bears. GET OUTTA MY CHAIR!!!!!!!

    September 17, 2008 06:02 pm at 6:02 pm |
  17. SS

    Hmmmm – well when you use a hotmail, or yahoo, or gmail – these things can happen. Maybe it may not be abad idea to stick with a secured email address such as the state address!!!!!

    September 17, 2008 06:02 pm at 6:02 pm |
  18. Bill Charlotte,NC

    Get John McBlackberry to do it. I know of no better way for him to spend his time.

    September 17, 2008 06:02 pm at 6:02 pm |
  19. Kathy Mills

    What does it say? Where can I read it?

    September 17, 2008 06:03 pm at 6:03 pm |
  20. Nick, Rochester, NY

    This is the Democrat crowd's cyberspace-era Watergate break-in equivalent. The media have already elected Obama president, so the time has come to impeach him!

    September 17, 2008 06:03 pm at 6:03 pm |
  21. FR

    Maybe McSame thought its time to vet her and he hacked into her personal email... oh sorry I forgot.... He does not know how to use emails. He only invented blackberry.

    September 17, 2008 06:03 pm at 6:03 pm |
  22. Chuck

    Barack Obama and Christoper Dodd (BOTH DEMOCRATS) have received vore lobby funds from Fannie Mae than any other politicians on Wall Street. Why isn't CNN (the Obama network) talk about this?

    McCain/Palin '08

    September 17, 2008 06:03 pm at 6:03 pm |
  23. Matt

    lol...deleting the accounts won't stop a forensic computer expert from finding the emails, but yeah, spoliation of evidence is a big big problem for her if it gets proven

    September 17, 2008 06:03 pm at 6:03 pm |
  24. Akinola - Houston

    ROVE all the way. This was certainly a plant to divert attention from the "fundamentally strong economy".

    Welcome to the next 36 hours of your life!

    September 17, 2008 06:03 pm at 6:03 pm |
  25. Prince Joe

    This is very hideous on the McCain Palin ticker, there is something they re hiding from the American people but it will still come out one day. Its her own people from her state who she turns against. There is no way she can hide all these problem because the time she was conducting all these dirty business underground she thought the American will not know but now it out there. Nothing to hide McCain/Palin..

    September 17, 2008 06:04 pm at 6:04 pm |
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