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. Griff

    "The First Woman President", of the USA! My Psychics are at it again.
    It's crazy! I see too much sometimes... Scary!!!

    September 17, 2008 05:35 pm at 5:35 pm |
  2. Anyonmous

    Wow if this is linked to Obama in any way (not saying it is mind you just IF it is)

    All you kiddies for whom this is your first election should quickly read up on what 'watergate' really was.

    Just my two cents.

    September 17, 2008 05:35 pm at 5:35 pm |
  3. gene

    Oh my god.. this is like a bad movie! Anyone else here see this e-mail hack as a prerequisit to show that any of Palin's emails found to be incriminating should be discarded because of "the hack"?

    This is obsurd. If her e-mails here hacked back in July.. don't you think someone would have said something back then? This is so insane... I'm fuming here. If people actually buy this load of garbage.. they should be forbidden from voting based solely on having a lack of a functioning brain.

    September 17, 2008 05:35 pm at 5:35 pm |
  4. D&D

    Lies, lies and lies...that's the best she can do!

    September 17, 2008 05:35 pm at 5:35 pm |
  5. Beverly, NYC

    Too funny. They won't cooperate in an ongoing investigation in Alaska, but her e-mail hack is now top priority, NOT. Here's a clue it the ECONOMY stupid!

    September 17, 2008 05:35 pm at 5:35 pm |
  6. Nick - Arlington, VA

    I'm surprised they didnt blame was hacked by "Anonymous" the anti-Scientology group which seems to have sniffed out another whacko...i.e. Palin.

    September 17, 2008 05:35 pm at 5:35 pm |
  7. Blair Georgia

    looks like obama is doing what he does best. Just like the Chicago Mafia gets others to do his durty work so he can stand there grinning from one big ear to another and claim i kne nothing about it. Well it will all come out in the wash for obama. He will be found out. I just hope it is before the election and not after.

    September 17, 2008 05:36 pm at 5:36 pm |
  8. DaveD

    "This is a shocking invasion of the Governor's privacy..."

    Didn't McCain vote for the Patriot Act, and warentless wiretaps? He should be well aware that there is no longer any such thing as privacy in America. If the government is allowed to snoop on us, then we are allowed to snoop on them. After all, we *are* the government.

    September 17, 2008 05:36 pm at 5:36 pm |
  9. PalinLiesTooMuch

    Palin you can run but you can not hide the truth will come soon. Republican campagn again is trying to divert the real issue about the economy that they know nothing about, to bogus accusation, no one is going to beleive this scrap they are trying to pull.

    September 17, 2008 05:36 pm at 5:36 pm |
  10. Obama is My Vote Too

    I don't agree with anyone hecking into someone's personal files. However, it leads me to ask: What is she hiding???

    September 17, 2008 05:36 pm at 5:36 pm |
  11. the other jd

    Well it's better than when she was just posting to her my space page.

    September 17, 2008 05:36 pm at 5:36 pm |
  12. SK

    Hm – I think that any individual linked to this "breach" (if there ever was one) should not cooperate with the investigation due to party politics getting involved. Better – sue the McCain campaign !!!

    September 17, 2008 05:36 pm at 5:36 pm |
  13. Timmy Coffee

    Liar, dammed liar and Daddy of all Liars un-American John S. McCain. Republican populist ,,,now that is an oxymoron.

    September 17, 2008 05:36 pm at 5:36 pm |
  14. Yasriel

    Why would a state governor use Yahoo to conduct state business?
    The more I hear about this woman, the scarier it becomes. She is a fraud, a wacko evangelical and a liar.

    September 17, 2008 05:36 pm at 5:36 pm |
  15. Was for Hillary, now for Obama 100%

    Of course she's using her personal address in order to keep things off the state record. Good for whomever leaked this. We have a right to know just how corrupt Sarah Palin is!!!

    Obama-Biden '08!

    September 17, 2008 05:36 pm at 5:36 pm |
  16. George Ennis from Toronto, Canada

    How odd that in a personal e-mail account there should be so many e-mails that are apparently dealing with government officials in an official capacity.

    It is clear that if government business is being done over a private network through personal e-mail accounts than the Governor has ignored and possibly violated official security protocols. Hopefully she will not act in a similar capacity if she would be elected VP or become President. I would hate to see Islamic terrorists hack into her personal e-mail system to learn about US military strategy

    September 17, 2008 05:37 pm at 5:37 pm |
  17. Michael

    Yep, lets investigate....

    Why is she using a private e-mail address for State Government Business?? Is it a cover-up, is it an attempt to concele the truth?

    Hey Sen. McCain and Gov. Palin, what happened to REFORM, what happened to..... Transparency.... What happened to the "Straight-Talk Express"

    The Bus has left the station, without a driver, and the bus is heading over the cliff!!!!!!!!!!!!

    September 17, 2008 05:37 pm at 5:37 pm |
  18. Justin Macumber

    So, they want to initiate a probe over this, but they want to sue over the Trooper probe? Hypocrite much?

    September 17, 2008 05:37 pm at 5:37 pm |
  19. Beth, Detroit

    Wal-Mart moms are going to be outraged by this invasion of her privacy, as well as blue collar men. Sarah Palin is headed for victory in November and she was helped along by ignorant Obama supporters and the media.

    September 17, 2008 05:37 pm at 5:37 pm |
  20. Richard Fitzwell


    September 17, 2008 05:37 pm at 5:37 pm |
  21. Listen Up...

    Go ahead, blame it on the Obama campaign as usual!

    September 17, 2008 05:37 pm at 5:37 pm |
  22. obama 08-12

    blame it on barack

    September 17, 2008 05:37 pm at 5:37 pm |
  23. Cynthia

    If Mrs. Palin had used her Governor's account like she was supposed to maybe this would not have happened. Sometimes you can try to be slick and out slick yourself. Check with the National Enquirer – they may have them. lol

    September 17, 2008 05:37 pm at 5:37 pm |
  24. Ken

    Leave it up to the Democrats for saying that she is trying to hide something. What a joke!

    Obama will do anything to win this race and he doesn't care who he hurts on the way.

    It is time for the Democrat Party to realize that they made a very big mistake by voting for Obama to be the nominee instead of Hillary Clinton.

    Obama started his downward fall when he named Biden over Hillary Clinton for his VP.

    I am a Hillary Clinton supporter who is voting for McCain/Palin!

    McCain/Palin 2008

    Hillary Clinton 2012

    September 17, 2008 05:38 pm at 5:38 pm |
  25. mike

    Besides her gender, I dont see much of a difference between her and Bush, and I think the emails should be made public. As soon as they have proof that she even used it once to conduct business the entire account should be opened to the public. Criminals should be punished, not rewarded with one of the most powerful positions in the US.

    September 17, 2008 05:38 pm at 5:38 pm |
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