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. IZ

    let us read the news from yestrday, who was behinde inveting Blackberry?

    September 17, 2008 05:54 pm at 5:54 pm |
  2. A house divided

    Obama declared himself a uniter and, like Bush... has proven himself quite the opposite.

    He accused HRC of polarizing... and proved himself the true polarizing politician.

    He promised change and gave us more of the same old political tactics and dirty games.

    He hyped hope and peddled lies.

    September 17, 2008 05:55 pm at 5:55 pm |
  3. Jerry Ohio

    Could I ask a question why is Palin in so much trouble and why McCain did not know anything about her when he selecting her for VP and he only met her one time but he states she have more experience then Obama but he only knew her for 1 month.

    September 17, 2008 05:55 pm at 5:55 pm |
  4. No McPain

    A) I don't believe this story for a second. Probably a publicity stunt.

    B) If it is true – I'm surprised they're not blaming Obama.

    C) If it is true – what has she got to hide?

    September 17, 2008 05:55 pm at 5:55 pm |
  5. Independent / Country always

    LAIRS........LAIRS..........LAIRS........i dont care about her or her yahoo email all i care is for food on my table and i know democrat will do that atleast.

    September 17, 2008 05:55 pm at 5:55 pm |
  6. REAL Change

    She is as Guilty as the hacker.............

    September 17, 2008 05:55 pm at 5:55 pm |
  7. Lisa in Shelton

    Hackers deserve long harsh punishments; but if SP wants people to believe in upholding the law of the land she must not put herself above it – what happened to her own "I have nothing to hide" statements about potential ethical violations. Folks reap what they sow.

    September 17, 2008 05:55 pm at 5:55 pm |
  8. BIG ED

    United Socialist States of America, Thanks McBush/Bush
    Socialized Insurance.

    Socialized Housing mortgages

    Socialized Banking.

    Socialized Oil Drilling

    These Commie Republican Bastards.... Is there no stopping them????

    September 17, 2008 05:55 pm at 5:55 pm |
  9. Republicans Hate America

    This country just lost close to a trillion dollars in wealth in the last 2 days and this is what the republicans are outraged about!

    September 17, 2008 05:55 pm at 5:55 pm |
  10. Dee Okla.

    Hey were are all of palin cheerleaders, I hope the lights are coming.

    September 17, 2008 05:55 pm at 5:55 pm |
  11. No to Palin

    Right...they will investigate hacking into her e-mail but not Troopergate.


    September 17, 2008 05:56 pm at 5:56 pm |
  12. CM

    Looks like the use of private email to conduct government business and avoid public inquiry backfired.

    I'd be interested in whats in those emails and why its that important to be kept secret. They'll probably be all over the web by tonight anyway.

    September 17, 2008 05:56 pm at 5:56 pm |
  13. A Bridge to Nowhere

    Someone snooping into a Republican's email? How ironic.

    September 17, 2008 05:56 pm at 5:56 pm |
  14. Robert

    I am opposed to Palin as incredibly undeserving of our votes, but I agree that the hacker who did this should be brought to justice.

    Not justifying this person's action, but...
    It is important to note that she has had her entire staff communicate by personal emails to subpoena-proof her administration. This is a little troubling from someone who claims to be all about open govt and accountability – something Palin has gone to great lengths to avoid.

    September 17, 2008 05:56 pm at 5:56 pm |
  15. yonimal

    May be now we will get to know the contents finally as she was trying to cover up all those emails. We all should be ashamed to have someone like this on a VP ticket

    September 17, 2008 05:56 pm at 5:56 pm |
  16. Billy

    This is why is it against the law to conduct government business on a personal e-mail account.

    What if she was VP and was discussing national security issues?

    Palin has broken the law and needs to be held accountable!

    September 17, 2008 05:56 pm at 5:56 pm |
  17. Katrina

    Waiting for McCain to claim that Obama did it with the Blackberry he invented...

    September 17, 2008 05:56 pm at 5:56 pm |
  18. DV

    I'm no Palin fan, but hacking e-mail accounts is lame! You shoudl subpoena the relevant messages – otoh, then she'd probably just refuse to cooperate, which is, apparently, one of her miraculous powers.

    September 17, 2008 05:56 pm at 5:56 pm |
  19. Kentucky

    This woman and John McCain think that they are above the law.

    September 17, 2008 05:56 pm at 5:56 pm |
  20. John

    This is just too funny....yes she is being picked on...I am sorry F.B.I, Sarah and whomever else..but you shouldnt be suprised when you find she is selling Rape Kits to victims on EBAY!

    Sorry but you have been hacked!

    Oh we all know that McCain didn't hack it! LoL

    September 17, 2008 05:57 pm at 5:57 pm |
  21. Messiah complex

    Blame this on McCain- oh but Obama claims Old John can't e-mail or use a computer.

    But we all KNOW the Obamabots live at their keyboards and cell phones.

    Guess we know who is subverting the democratic process- ONCE AGAIN.

    How can either Clinton support this tyrant, Obama the great.

    September 17, 2008 05:57 pm at 5:57 pm |
  22. Susan

    If she had nothing to hide............................

    September 17, 2008 05:57 pm at 5:57 pm |
  23. McSameMcCain on myspace

    Well Gov Palin, if you weren't using your Yahoo account to hide official business from the public, you wouldn't have gotten hacked would you?

    Guess what deary, just because you cancelled the accounts today doesn't mean that the emails aren't on yahoo's servers and subject to being turned over to authorities in their investigation of your Richard Nixon style of management. Watergate/Troopergate....this time the comparison fits!

    September 17, 2008 05:57 pm at 5:57 pm |
  24. the other jd

    Dear Amy- Wow it has been such a whirl to my bee-hive since Grandpa picked me! I just wish he would quit asking me to sit on his knee. What is up this like trooper gate thing, huh? I am like so the princess of Alaska, and what I say goes, right? If I say you are fired, you are like so totally fired. I mean, like I should have to answer to anyone! Gotta go! Todd is trying to read over my shoulder.

    September 17, 2008 05:57 pm at 5:57 pm |
  25. MNBluess

    Just seems off...So is Yahoo the official email for govt official???

    Just seems unprofessional.

    Sad that her privacy was invaded though, celebrities get no privacy, ask Paris Hilton.

    September 17, 2008 05:57 pm at 5:57 pm |
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