September 18th, 2008
06:56 AM 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: John McCain • Sarah Palin
soundoff (572 Responses)
  1. ck


    And the Democrats say McCain is sleazy???

    Hacking private emails and circulating them thru the internet....


    McCain / Palin 08 & 12!!

    September 18, 2008 09:23 am at 9:23 am |
  2. Phil McCrevis

    Repugnant! Liberal scorched earth tactics on parade. Unfortunately this is a prime example of how the left operates. The left has a long and well documented history of trying to destroy those whom they cannot compete w/ politically. Gov. Palin is kryptonite to todays democrat party. This illegal violation of privacy is just another example of the Stalinist tendencies of liberals. Anyone who justifies this breaking of the law w/ wishful thinking about possible violations simply suffers from Palin Derangement Syndrome.

    I take it we need to investigate whether Obama, Biden or McCain have personal email accounts from which they may have emailed business related issues?

    This is pathetic! Someone must be held accountable. Although, at the end of the day I believe this only draws more support for Gov. Palin.

    September 18, 2008 09:23 am at 9:23 am |
  3. California Gold

    Our banks are going broke, the auto companies are looking for a $25 million bailout, the gov't took over Freddie Mac and Fanny Mae, 1.3 millions homes in foreclosure, real estate market has tanked, 30% increase in personal bankruptcy filingings, Lehman Bros. has disappeared into bankruptcy oblivion from the financial landscape, our kids are fighting and dying in 2 wars, unemployment is 6% and the Republican campaign is busy keeping us informed about a reported e-mail account being hacked, which reminds us McCain doesn't know how to use e-mail or computers and Palin shouldn't be wasting bandwidth with her right wing garbage.

    I think we ought to abolish the Republican Party if this is all they can offer.

    September 18, 2008 09:23 am at 9:23 am |
  4. Michael I Hastings Minnesota

    Smear campaign by Oboma ? I think it was the Russians cause they are only a stones throw away from Alaska they probably has insight to her and her administration that one being so close can only have

    September 18, 2008 09:23 am at 9:23 am |
  5. PA_Voter

    Wow. Everyone will read your intelligent and balanced comment and vote McCain for sure... Your baseless accusations and lies are very familar... Is that you McCain?

    Anyways, good for hackers, hold Palin accountable for her secret email accounts. Someone who refuses to do real interviews and reveal emails is obviously hiding something. Although even without them it's obvious that she's not ready to be VP or God forbid President, the distance between the two is only a 72 yr. old heartbeat.

    September 18, 2008 09:24 am at 9:24 am |
  6. Jack Jones

    She was not conducting St Business on her E Mail.....she simply mentioned immaterial matters...for Pete's sake get it right.
    Jack Jones
    Atlanta Ga

    September 18, 2008 09:24 am at 9:24 am |
  7. Melissa - Wisconsin

    To s:

    Right, because Obama is in charge of a group of internet hackers that hacked Sarah Palin's e-mail and ONLY made public e-mails a few e-mails that are not incriminating and a couple pictres of her family?

    Ridiculous. Obama had nothing to do with hacking her e-mail.

    September 18, 2008 09:24 am at 9:24 am |
  8. Lynne

    If anyone really thinks this is a smear campaign by Obama, they obviously haven't been paying attention to the McCain smear ads, which have been proven to be bordering on lying. Obama doesn't need to "smear" Palin. Every time she opens up her mouth and gives a (non)answer to questions, she makes herself look like the unqualified candidate she really is.

    September 18, 2008 09:24 am at 9:24 am |
  9. Dee

    This was not done by or on behalf of any Dem. This is a play straight from the Karl Rove text book McClain seems to be now running his campaign based on. He is slipping in the polls on the issues so the need to manipulate the media and take control of the news cycle. PLEASE do not fall for it. Rove was successful in 1986.

    September 18, 2008 09:24 am at 9:24 am |
  10. Seattle Sue

    Where is the outrage of missing e-mail at the White House.

    September 18, 2008 09:25 am at 9:25 am |
  11. rhoward

    Hacking has long been a serious problem for internet users. The pity is that it is not taken seriously by the government until some political figure gets their e-mail hacked. Otherwise, hacking seems to be treated as a game and no real big deal.

    As for the jerk who did the hacking, I hope he/she is really proud of themselves. Their butt belongs in jail.

    September 18, 2008 09:25 am at 9:25 am |
  12. Georgia Gal

    "This is a shocking invasion of the Governor's privacy and a violation of law," campaign manager Rick Davis said in a statement.

    Well first of all they should probably get over it ... unfortunately this type of thing happens quite a bit and very little is ever done about it. Secondly, she probably should've thought about this before using her Yahoo account instead of the one the government gave her (which I feel pretty certain would've been much safer).

    September 18, 2008 09:25 am at 9:25 am |
  13. Rick

    Palin using Yahoo email for Government business is a clear violation of Pulic Record Laws. Same old story, just like the Bush administration. Enough already – vote Ron Paul or anyone else. But not another 4 years of Bush style tactics. Our economy is dead, over 4000 of our bravest soldiers are dead and all because people voted for their party rather then what is right for their Country. Enough already.

    September 18, 2008 09:25 am at 9:25 am |
  14. Mark

    I'm sure Sarah WILL cooperate with this particular investigation. Now, why won't she cooperatie with "Troopergate"?

    September 18, 2008 09:25 am at 9:25 am |
  15. Jacob

    At this point if Sarah Palin stubbed her toe, Republicans would blame it on the Obama campaign. My question is- why are they trying to kill the investigation if there is nothing to hide?

    September 18, 2008 09:26 am at 9:26 am |
  16. k

    Someone who can't protect her email account is going to protect our country.

    Folks, wake up. She is a political ploy. A diversion from the real issues facing America.

    September 18, 2008 09:27 am at 9:27 am |
  17. Cas

    McCain and Palin have lied so much and it has gotten where you can not beleive them any longer. Just looking to blame the Obama camp. It could be anyone in the world, because many of us do not trust Palin, at one point I did like McCain, but now no more, no McCain, No Palin, No McCain Administration. It appears that they all lie and are very dangerous people. They dish out the lies and negative ads, and Obama can't. Come on people.

    September 18, 2008 09:27 am at 9:27 am |
  18. MS

    Perhaps if Sarah Palin was not above the law and her and her aides had responded to troopergate subpoenas then this probably would not have happened. Everybody wants to know the truth.

    Maybe now we will.

    No way no how no McCain no Palin!

    VOTE OBAMA/BIDEN 2008/2012

    September 18, 2008 09:27 am at 9:27 am |
  19. Joan

    There needs to be a full blown investigation and prosecution to the fullest extent of the law. Americans do not want to be spied on by the government nor do we want to be spied on by common hackers trying to "sway" our political decisions. No matter who or what is behind this it is not acceptable.

    We as Americans should not take this incident lightly especially when it includes the minor children of any elected official. Totally outrageous and UN-American! Do not let this story fall into the cracks of the newsrooms. Demand it be resolved and the hackers full blown identity be brought out.

    September 18, 2008 09:27 am at 9:27 am |
  20. Michigan Voter


    I think they are desperate to change the subject from the economy.

    You will see, these kind of stories are going to keep coming, they are going to talk about anything but the ISSUES.

    Lies _ Spin _ and more Lies... Just like Bush did in 2000 & 2004.

    Thanks, but no thanks to McCain & Palin

    September 18, 2008 09:28 am at 9:28 am |
  21. Independent Voter

    To "S"....shut your silly behind up!! If McCain does win I'm sure you'll be one of the millions out of a home and job and you can believe you won't be able to move into one of McCain's seven homes! I can't wait to see all of you idiots whinning about you've lost everything since McCain was sworn into office....can't wait!!

    OBAMA 2008&2012

    September 18, 2008 09:28 am at 9:28 am |
  22. Andrea

    So does she want this investigation conducted before or after she decides to cooperate in her own investigation for abuse of power?

    September 18, 2008 09:28 am at 9:28 am |
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