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. Anne E.

    They'd better not try to insinuate or infer that the Obama camp had anything to do with it. Anyone with sufficient knowledge of "the e-mail" can hack into anything they're able.
    However, if Sarah has nothing to hide, why won't she cooperate as she promised?
    Sounds like her staff is also following the example set by the BUSH administration, in flaunting the processes set forth by Alaska's state government. Well, "Governor," way to follow in the footsteps of the most corrupt "presidential" administration since Nixon's!
    Already we're seeing more of the same.


    September 17, 2008 05:57 pm at 5:57 pm |
  2. McCain Invented the BlackBerry, Palin Invented the Manure Spreader

    !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!America won't stand for this sexist attack on Caribou Barbie's e-mail!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    September 17, 2008 05:57 pm at 5:57 pm |
  3. Independent NV Voter

    That was very poor judgement on her part. Just like it was poor judgement of McCain to nominate her as his running mate. I feel so much better about them in the White House. NOT!

    September 17, 2008 05:57 pm at 5:57 pm |
  4. Chris

    Whoever is responsible has done their civic duty. Palin conducted public business outside of proper public channels. As for personal information that is a casualty of good citizens exposing bad , that's the risk you take when you become a public figure. You surrender most of your privacy. This is known, and should be embraced by those who really believe they can do good for the whole of America. It's the sacrifice you make to lead the people.

    If Palin wants to prove she has the mental and emotional strength to pursue governance then she'll deal with this like an adult and refrain from such knee-jerk reactions like "you've invaded my privacy", and apologize to her constituents for not handling potentially sensitive data correctly.

    September 17, 2008 05:57 pm at 5:57 pm |
  5. John F. Leech

    Is Sarah Palin the Illegitimate daughter of Dick Cheney or what?

    Otherwise, she's a quick learner.

    Delay, delay, delay – Deny, deny, deny – Distract, distract, distract. She is becoming an accomplished politician, and exactly what we don't want in the White House.

    She has nothing to hide. She'll cooperate with the investigation.


    September 17, 2008 05:57 pm at 5:57 pm |
  6. Regret the Palin Pick

    She is a gift that keeps on giving!!!

    September 17, 2008 05:58 pm at 5:58 pm |
  7. Robert, Houston, TX

    More phony outrage? This is coming from the party that supports domestic spying. What's their so often said line: "Why should you worry...unless you have something to hide?" I just ove the hypocrisy of their outrage!

    September 17, 2008 05:58 pm at 5:58 pm |
  8. David

    Hacking into anyone's personal email is illegal and should be so. However, if Palin was indeed using a private email system to conduct state's business, that is also highly unethical. Emails from our leaders are communications owned by the American public, and that raises serious questions about her judgement.

    September 17, 2008 05:58 pm at 5:58 pm |
  9. Brian

    Completely unrelated, but check out this "conversation" I just had with a republican friend of mine:

    Republican: How can you be so apathetic about immigration? Don't you feel we need to tighten border security and regulations on illegal aliens?

    Me: What, again, were the regulations put on the "illegal aliens" that founded this country that we now live in?

    Republican: Oh, so what? We should just let everyone in? Then this place would way overpopulated!

    Me: I agree, overpopulation is a big problem - that's why I support abortion rights.

    Republican: Go to hell!

    Me: Sorry, I can't go to a fictitious place.

    He walked away at that point.

    September 17, 2008 05:58 pm at 5:58 pm |
  10. Jay T.

    Hey, McCain: The Economy is crashing. Pakistani troops were ordered to open fire on American military if they crossed their borders. Ignore this new attempt to divert voters from the reality about us.

    September 17, 2008 05:58 pm at 5:58 pm |
  11. Ray, NC.

    Another MADE UP CONTROVERSY by the McCain Camp. First Lipstick-gate, now E-mail-hacker-game. Give me a break... gate

    Obama / Biden 08

    September 17, 2008 05:58 pm at 5:58 pm |
  12. McCain '08

    Pretty petty of OB supporters. "Duh, let's hack her email account and call her daughter, tha'll show her." How about we hack Michelle Obama's accountor Barack Obama's personal email account and then call one of his daughters. Doesn't sound to funny now does it? Who do you think has more to hide, I bet Barry with the likes of the company he keeps around.

    September 17, 2008 05:58 pm at 5:58 pm |

    She did not violate any laws. The guy tazed a 10 year old and drank on the job and the commissioner refused to respond to her e-mails to take action. There were lawyers all over yesterday discussing that this case is ridiculous and that Palin has nothing to worry about. There is no need to go to testify as if she has committed a crime and let all the liberals have a field day with absolutely nothing like you guys do time and time again. I really wish there was an article on the money Fannie and Friddie funneled into the Obama Campaign and prior to that his personal wallet considering he is #2 on the list of money acceptance from the the 2. No but just go on liberals continue deflecting by villianizing a woman who tried her hardest to get a Trooper off the job so he couldn't harm anymore children or enforce the law drunk. Imean after all he is still a trooper at the moment. I guess thats the way liberals like there law enforcemeny abusive and drunk.

    September 17, 2008 05:58 pm at 5:58 pm |
  14. Tracey

    This is why you shouldn't use private email accounts for official government business. Sure, it's easier to hide illegal activity, but it isn't as secure as official government email.

    September 17, 2008 05:58 pm at 5:58 pm |

    Does this mean she would use a Yahoo account for highly confidential material from the CIA?

    Very poor judgment on Palin's part.

    September 17, 2008 05:59 pm at 5:59 pm |
  16. Foo Man Jew

    I don't use my email for account info or sensitive information.
    These guys are gonna be toast when they are caught, but she deserves to get this by trying to hide govt activity in a personal account. She and McBlackberry should be in charge of new economy, yeah right

    September 17, 2008 05:59 pm at 5:59 pm |
  17. redwhiteblue

    Note to the guilty ones.....
    Deny everything and ignore subpoenas. I learned that from Bush and Co.

    September 17, 2008 05:59 pm at 5:59 pm |
  18. kris

    at she she has an email account, if you ask McCain about emails he will call you names for calling him a yahoo. He will react to it like Palin reacted to Bush Doctrine.

    September 17, 2008 05:59 pm at 5:59 pm |
  19. CCM

    Wow another way of attracting attention to McSame's Campain driver after the Power of popularity shades. Those who hack the mail should be the campaign advisor when trying to vett her after seen the ship is sinking. The burble is about to burst now.

    The only way to make it strong is to continue lying, again and again.

    Obama/Biden 08!!

    September 17, 2008 05:59 pm at 5:59 pm |
  20. Sally from Cali

    Hey, she's a celebrity now just like Paris Hilton.

    She should call Paris for some "my email's been hacked" advice cause she definitely can't get any from Mciinventedtheblackberry.

    September 17, 2008 05:59 pm at 5:59 pm |
  21. BIG ED

    E-mail will be Auction Off tomorrow’s on eBay

    September 17, 2008 05:59 pm at 5:59 pm |
  22. rin

    omgaa.... the republicans did this themselves... jsut to get Palin emails discredited in the scandal she is involved with! i am not buying this republican trick!! this is toooo funny!

    September 17, 2008 06:00 pm at 6:00 pm |
  23. Paul from Virginia

    my gut tells me it was done by a super smart geek who volunteers for Obama. this could be a potential disaster for Obama. watergate comes to mind.

    i'm sure rick davis will start throwing allegations soon....

    fellow dems...don't get too excited...this can keep palin in the news and get more sympathy votes from white females.

    September 17, 2008 06:00 pm at 6:00 pm |
  24. Dennis

    " a shocking invasion of . . . privacy and a violation of law"

    Hmm, but not when it's according to the telecommunications act the republicans shoved down our throats . . .

    The amazing twisting of reality continues.

    September 17, 2008 06:00 pm at 6:00 pm |
  25. James H.

    Wait, so it's ok for Palin to cooperate with political investigations now? Does this mean she will cooperate with Alaska authorities after all?

    September 17, 2008 06:00 pm at 6:00 pm |
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