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.

Filed under: Extra • John McCain • Sarah Palin
soundoff (407 Responses)
  1. Candy West Virginia

    Count me in, I consider myself a WASP=woman against Sarah Palin!

    September 17, 2008 06:19 pm at 6:19 pm |
  2. gluvnast

    why in the hell does she put her government info on YAHOO???

    she deserves to get hacked if she's THAT incompetent

    September 17, 2008 06:20 pm at 6:20 pm |
  3. Mark

    How stupid are you people that are saying this is a lie coming from the McCain / Palin camp? The FBI confirmed they are checking into it.
    The FBI would not be checking into anything if it was a lie.

    I am tired of hearing about supposed skeletons in Palins closet. If you want to look into closets, maybe you had better start by looking at each and every politician in Washington who has been there for a while. You can start with Ted Kennedy all the way to Bill Clinton. Oh wait, the only thing Bill has in his closet is another woman other than Hillary.

    Someone hit the nail on the head, if Obamas personal email had been breached, you would have the NAACP screaming and yelling along with every civil rights organization in America saying it is wrong.
    God forbid someone tap into Queen Hillarys personal email.
    If Palin has to reveal her perosnal emails,,, so should EVERY candidate. Lets see all his personal conversations with Reverand White and his other friends.

    I am also tired of hearing from people that McCain is a lier. PROVE it.
    If he is lying,,, prove it. Gice uas details to what he is lying about with concrete evidence to support it.

    September 17, 2008 06:20 pm at 6:20 pm |
  4. Raymond K Hessel

    More phony outrage from the McCain lovers. Hey, if pretty delicate little Sarah breaks her nail it must all be Obama's fault.

    September 17, 2008 06:20 pm at 6:20 pm |
  5. john

    Palin should be very careful what she says on the trail because obviously people are after her...

    September 17, 2008 06:20 pm at 6:20 pm |
  6. Voter

    No Interviews
    No Emails
    Sues the panel she appointed to avoid investigation
    No Tax returns
    Govt. issues on personal emails

    Where's her "transparency" she claims to have?

    and let me guess, McCain will blame Obama this evening in a new ad

    September 17, 2008 06:20 pm at 6:20 pm |
  7. lance mathews

    I think if you're a public figure, and you're dumb enough to use "gov.palin@yahoo" as and email address, then you don't need a security clearance, or CIA Briefings!!!

    How about inviting hackers!!

    Lets see..."sen.obama@"

    September 17, 2008 06:20 pm at 6:20 pm |
  8. More Shiny Metal Objects

    Shiny Metal Object Alert:

    Anything to change the subject from John putting his foot in his mouth on Monday by saying this country's economy was strong.

    It won't work John, we're on to you and your Tomfoolery.

    September 17, 2008 06:20 pm at 6:20 pm |
  9. Anne

    Probably did it herself

    September 17, 2008 06:21 pm at 6:21 pm |
  10. NOwayNObama

    You can put a Harvard tie on a rookie
    it's still a ROOKIE......

    September 17, 2008 06:21 pm at 6:21 pm |
  11. Nobama

    The best thing to do is report blogs/web sites that post these personal emails. Report them to the Secret Service and DOJ.

    Then send them letters while they rot in prison.

    September 17, 2008 06:22 pm at 6:22 pm |
  12. gpenn FL

    I don't much care for how they got the information, but it is pretty revealing. I also find it rather amusing. They asked everyone to delete the e-mails if they had them. Cats out of the bag now.

    September 17, 2008 06:22 pm at 6:22 pm |
  13. KB

    My first thought...the McCain campaign has done this. Sad, but truly, I don't trust them at all. Yet another distraction to rile up their core and cry foul again. Is it me, or is there just too much drama from these people????

    Seriously – manufactured drama by McCain – no surprise and let's not talk about his inability to deal with the economy, his incompetence to deal with any issue unless you are an oil company looking for a tax break!


    September 17, 2008 06:22 pm at 6:22 pm |
  14. Robert Deming

    The country can't afford to let Perky Palin into office. We can't afford the time and money it will take to toss her out. The country has enough trouble.

    We need to take care of the business of the country and get back on track.

    This woman is much worse then Nixon. She apparently didn't learn from Watergate or didn't take the time to read a little history while she was playing beauty queen!!

    Electing this woman to office is shooting all Americans in the face! She needs to stand in front of the current VP.

    September 17, 2008 06:22 pm at 6:22 pm |
  15. Wathcful Enthusiast........

    Why is it that things keep on showing up about this woman? Who wants to know what she has in her mails?

    I truly hope that it is not the latest ploy to make the Democrats to look like hackers so that the issues on hand will not be addressed and also so that people will have sympathy for Palin and forget the fact that she has to be screened..........

    The fight is becoming fiercer .....

    September 17, 2008 06:22 pm at 6:22 pm |
  16. Chuck-Washington State

    If she's dumb enough to use a yahoo account for official business, she should accept the consequences.

    Cariboo Barbie is going down!

    September 17, 2008 06:23 pm at 6:23 pm |
  17. Mike, Syracuse NY

    Amazing. Palin's email gets hacked and Obama supporters blame McCain, or say it was made up. You people have totally lost any sanity you may have ever had. Too bad a mental competency test isn't required to be able to vote. McCain would win every state! You see lies and conspiracy everywhere, except in the Obama camp which of course is as pure as snow. Get a grip. Then go out and get a candidate who isn't a racist, sexist, and socialist.

    September 17, 2008 06:23 pm at 6:23 pm |
  18. Kellie

    Of course this is all Obama's fault. Give me a break. McCain's probably put this story out just to drum up sympathy for her.

    September 17, 2008 06:23 pm at 6:23 pm |
  19. Jay from MT

    Now there is proof why the deaf, and blind mice republicans are so thrilled about palin. She knows how to use email, and her boss doesn't...LOL. This is to mellow-dramatic...ROTFLMAO.

    September 17, 2008 06:23 pm at 6:23 pm |
  20. Maggie

    Like this wasn't a set up by McCain to ensure she stays in the news...DUH

    September 17, 2008 06:23 pm at 6:23 pm |
  21. Ken

    Stephen says: "All persons found to be in violation of the law should be prosecuted. and sent to prision." Nice to hear from another [R] law-and-order hypocrite.

    Now I would have agreed with you, except too many at the top of this [R] political machine have not gone to prison for their violations of the law over MUCH more egregious matters.

    So by all means, let's put this hacker of vaccuous personal e-mail in jail, while [R] traitors who outed CIA employees get off scott free. Now there's change we can believe in....NOT!!!!!

    And by the way Mr. stick-to-the-law and supporter of the party-of-personal-responsibility, you will fully expect and support negagtive consequences to Sarah if she is found to be guilty of the charges she's under investigation for, RIGHT?????!!!!!!! HA, right.....just another bleeding-heart {R]ightwinger!

    September 17, 2008 06:23 pm at 6:23 pm |
  22. Mandy

    why is she hiding the emals anyway. if she is not guilty, then, she should make them available to the investigative authorities. the GOP are the ones who are blocking the law.
    who ever hacked the emails, that person is doing the public a favor.


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

    She is discussing confidential state business on YAHOO!?!?!!?! Is she stupid? Oh wait, we already know she is stupid.

    September 17, 2008 06:23 pm at 6:23 pm |
  24. Todd

    I’m an Obama supporter and I think whoever hacked Palin’s email account should be held accountable to the law. This type of behavior shouldn’t be tolerated by either party. I also think Palin should cooperate with the troopergate investigation too – it works both ways, sister.

    September 17, 2008 06:23 pm at 6:23 pm |
  25. Foreign observer

    Probably it´s been McCain in trying to use a computer !

    September 17, 2008 06:23 pm at 6:23 pm |
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