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. hurriCAIN PALIN

    the people who do this type of stuff have no respect of privacy and

    thats really perversive. they just want their 15mins of fame.

    September 17, 2008 05:40 pm at 5:40 pm |
  2. Abby

    I think this is a set up, a diversion. The real emails are destroyed or unavailable and these are just innocent stand ins.

    September 17, 2008 05:40 pm at 5:40 pm |
  3. Sammy

    The conspiracy theorists out there will say it was a secret McCain attempt to affect any investigation that will use the email.. or possibly delay it. But right now I am waiting for Yahoo to comment. I expect they will say their safeguards prevent such a thing from happening.

    September 17, 2008 05:41 pm at 5:41 pm |
  4. GOP can't win on the issues

    They probably hacked the email themselves for the publicity. They will almost certainly attempt to tie this to the Obama campaign as a young Karl Rove did in a gambit he used in a Mayoral Election. Bugged the office of his own candidate, called in the cops and got it into the news cycle as the opposition's attempt to eavesdrop. Noone seemed to notice that the battery in the listening device was only rated to last 30 minutes. I view this as suspect as I do McCain's honor after all these repeated lies in his commercials. These people will do any, besides stick to the issues, to win this election.

    September 17, 2008 05:41 pm at 5:41 pm |

    More Lies from McBush Camp!

    If he's lying this bad now...can you imagine him in the Whitehouse!!?

    September 17, 2008 05:41 pm at 5:41 pm |
  6. maura

    OMg. She used her personal email? I guess the tanning bed scandal is going nowhere, eh?

    If only those hackers could access Obama's university records, law school apps, legitimate birth cert., etc., as easily..........

    September 17, 2008 05:41 pm at 5:41 pm |
  7. Michael

    Yep. Don't I vaguly remember the Nixon campaigns when republican operatives called the dirty tricks squad went around doing their fun little things and then claiming they were the results of democrats? Yep the next step will be to have Tucker voice outrage and claim without evidence it was those evil democrats who did this bad thing to poor Phalin. Sorry but good try though. Perhaps you could call for someone, snicker ,snicker, to denounce the hack job.

    September 17, 2008 05:42 pm at 5:42 pm |
  8. RJ

    Tryna divert attention from Troopergate, huh? It amazes me how these people believe we are stupid.

    September 17, 2008 05:42 pm at 5:42 pm |
  9. Destroy them!!

    I hate that someone got access to her private account, that is a violation and should be punished by law enforcement. But look at the plea to "destroy them" how scared they must be that something incriminating might be there, huh! Kinda makes you wonder.

    September 17, 2008 05:42 pm at 5:42 pm |
  10. Bobby

    Probably one of the Obama people!

    September 17, 2008 05:42 pm at 5:42 pm |
  11. Sylvia Merrill

    Those dirty rascals! They are very devious! We should take them to task. They lie and cheat! Down with the Democrats!!!

    September 17, 2008 05:42 pm at 5:42 pm |
  12. Conservative and Proud

    I'll go ahead and say I doubt Obama's people had anything to do with this. It's wrong and a violation of her rights. And if the same thing happened to Obama, the fit would hit the shan.

    September 17, 2008 05:42 pm at 5:42 pm |
  13. Sheople yes, people not so much

    It is Obama and his clean, different style of politics of hope and change we are seeing.

    Democrats are so desperate that they will literally do ANYthing to win.

    Obama calls in his army of newbies who will adoringly follow any order issued by their supreme leader.

    Obama speaks, asks, requests that they all rally to his cause and agitate disruption and they all jump and obey just like sheep.

    September 17, 2008 05:42 pm at 5:42 pm |
  14. Joe in StL

    She should ask Sen. Stevens to help her close her hole on the intertubes.

    SERIOUSLY THOUGH – the reason Palin is using private accounts is to avoid subpoenas of her official communications. This is at least deceptive, and probably against the law.

    CHENEY TWIN ALERT – remember all those e-mails the White House "lost"?

    September 17, 2008 05:42 pm at 5:42 pm |
  15. Trish

    This is only the BEGINNING. Beware. I'm sure there are closets full of the stuff that scandals are made of somewhere in the near vacinity of Palin! AND the knowledge that she would use a PRivate Email Address certainly causes more than suspicions. AND WHAT IF she had decided as VP to use a private email address! At least now we have a guarantee that will NEVER happen! Who in their right mind would vote for a Man who made such a ridiculously poor choice for the Next In Line to the Button! THE WOMAN is way out of her League! And not even close to being good enough for America!

    September 17, 2008 05:42 pm at 5:42 pm |
  16. Concerned Teen, Ga

    The republicans are probably going to blame this on the democrats like they always do. Gosh. So may skeletans in the republican closet! Wake up people! Please do what REALLY is the best for our country! Get up and vote for Obama/Biden on election day! Change we can believe in!

    September 17, 2008 05:42 pm at 5:42 pm |
  17. J.L.

    What about an investigation about conducting official state business using private non-state email accounts to circumvent freedom of information laws? Hmm... I guess Palin took a play out of George W. Bush's playbook... but of course, we're not going to hear anything about that from the McCain campaign...

    Although this does confirm one thing... that it's actually Palin's email account. Otherwise I would have expected the McCain campaign to hit back with something along the lines of all the email stuff being shown to be fake.

    September 17, 2008 05:43 pm at 5:43 pm |
  18. Phantom of the Oprah

    I sense Obama's minions behind this.

    Boy is Obama the antithesis of his campaign themes.

    September 17, 2008 05:43 pm at 5:43 pm |
  19. We love Sarah

    State investigators want Palin's emails. Palin's email account gets hacked. Evidence now not admissable in investigation.


    September 17, 2008 05:43 pm at 5:43 pm |
  20. Lambert Moore


    September 17, 2008 05:43 pm at 5:43 pm |
  21. Sandra

    Does this type of thing in terms of using private email accounts supposedly out of site of the public domain(Alaska's public anyway) remind you of anyone else? The White House, Karl Rove, etc. as an example. This woman is getting scarier and scarier. I'm not sure how some of these people believe she walks on water. It shows they don't care about facts only what they want to believe.

    September 17, 2008 05:43 pm at 5:43 pm |
  22. Steve

    My goodness, the hits just keep coming don't they?!?!?!?!? Time for everyone to wake up and realize what a poor choice Sarah Palin is.

    September 17, 2008 05:43 pm at 5:43 pm |
  23. bibek

    YAHOO! Are you kidding me?

    Why in the world would anyone use Yahoo! for official works?

    Fishy.. something is very fishy. i wouldn't be surprised if this story was just made up to stir controversy and take the focus out of the issues! Its Republicans, anything is possible!

    Obama '08

    September 17, 2008 05:44 pm at 5:44 pm |
  24. Unshrub

    She would be a perfect fit for Bush's third term. She violates the law and then refuses to cooperate. The Bush Administration has done the same thing, use private email accounts to do government business to hide illegal actions. McCain choose well to keep Bush's third term alive. Except Obama is making a comeback.

    September 17, 2008 05:44 pm at 5:44 pm |
  25. FL4OB

    That's not change; that's more of the same. If you have nothing to hide, there should be no reason to cover-up, McBush. Transparency please.

    September 17, 2008 05:44 pm at 5:44 pm |
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