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. Jay

    Hmmmmm – Where was the outrage over the illegal taping of phone calls when Linda Tripp tried to bring down the Clinton Whitehouse?

    September 18, 2008 07:23 am at 7:23 am |
  2. America the Stupid

    You can't be the candidate of change when you have a Yahoo email account.....Anyone can hack those.

    McDumb and Failin

    September 18, 2008 07:25 am at 7:25 am |
  3. I'll take 4 more years of "Bush" vs Obama!!

    Yes, I'm sure she was hiding information........ emails are never used as evidence. What next, she ordered flowers at while in the office?

    September 18, 2008 07:25 am at 7:25 am |
  4. Sideburns

    No new investigations until you cooperate with the one that's going on! 😉

    September 18, 2008 07:26 am at 7:26 am |
  5. SD

    Investigation for what? Didn't she know about the dangers of Cyber space, or don't they have that problem in Alaska. Credit card #s, personal information, banking information is hacked every day in cyber space and i never heard him make a big fuss when it happens to every day people. Oh, I forgot he is just one the "washington fat cats", with his 12 houses and billionaire wife, why should he care. All this time his campaign is spending defending Palin should be spent on a strategy to help a crashing economy, people without health care, bringing our troops home. You picked her, vetted her, now you are protecting her. I need a man in the White House, not a Romeo!!

    September 18, 2008 07:26 am at 7:26 am |
  6. bobfromcanton

    I read that the AP refused to cooperate with the Secret Service to find the individual(s) that did the hack. I guess we know who the AP is voting for! If this had happened to the Democrats Obama/Biden we would never hear the end of the cooperation the AP would give to authorities.... Makes you wonder.

    September 18, 2008 07:28 am at 7:28 am |

    While I do not condone hacking of any kind, I suspect if Palin had used the government network, with the installed firewalls, this would have been harder to achieve. Conducting official buisness on Yahoo is asking to be hacked. Surely this is violating Alaska state laws, but then of course, republicans enacted the Patriot Act, so would this not be allowed, if the hacker thought she had terrorist connections? He/she could be a national hero.

    However,if the hacker is found and supoenaed, invoke the republican justice clause, and ignore the entire issue!

    September 18, 2008 07:28 am at 7:28 am |
  8. Darren

    McCain’s actions in Alaska are tantamount to witness tampering.

    More ‘above the law.’

    More lies.

    More Bush.

    No thanks. Can’t afford it.

    September 18, 2008 07:28 am at 7:28 am |
  9. bill

    who cares about her emales being hacked no tayling how many and who have been spied on by bushie shoulnt do that at all she is imploding get out of her way or you might get smeared with opalen crap

    September 18, 2008 07:29 am at 7:29 am |
  10. Terri

    It has now become apparent that Palin is just a hired Barbie (i.e.all she can do is smile and not talk for herself), a body for the female gender vote. Why is it that McCain or someone from the McCain camp does all the talking and being outraged on her behalf? I have yet to hear her express any opinion and comment on the issues surrounding her.

    September 18, 2008 07:31 am at 7:31 am |
  11. Anne

    No doubt this is their own conspiracy they made to get airtime and press time.

    September 18, 2008 07:31 am at 7:31 am |
  12. Tom in Delaware

    I'm glad I made a copy of all the comments (409 of them) from this posting last night, because words can't really describe the hatred, paranoid, and twisted vileness of the Liberal Left.

    I'm sure they'll be a repeat of it here today in a very short amount of time, but I've already generated an e-mail to make it's way across the country so that oridinary americans can witness for themselves the pathetic nature of the Obama supporters.

    NO ONE in their right mind could read the ocean of horrible remarks and say to themselves..."Well, if these people support Barack, then maybe I should too."

    You've gone way too far and it's going to cost the Democrats the election in November.

    McCain/Palin '08

    September 18, 2008 07:32 am at 7:32 am |
  13. AMERICAN in AR

    I can't wait to see all the left wing nut reactions to this one...I laughed so hard after reading the comments when Hillary tucked tail and ran, but oh my...those bad bad conservatives they were setting her up, hmmmm and you want her to be President, and she is afraid of going up against Sarah, I thought you all were saying she coudn't run this country, looks like she is the one not backing down...and I'd much rather know she could be the one taking the call at 2am then someone who would say 'no I won't take that call or meet with them, they only want to make me look bad' and all the cronies said AMEN.

    yep if you are reading this I am shocked...didn't think CNN had the guts to post it.

    September 18, 2008 07:33 am at 7:33 am |
  14. Bulldog

    Didn't Sarah Palin herself blow the whistle on a fellow co-worker for improperly using his email working on campaign issues which he was forced to resign? Now we are finding out even after blowing the whistle on her co-workers she is doing the exact same type of thing. Once again a liar and hypocrite. I'm starting to lose track of all the lies there are so many.

    September 18, 2008 07:34 am at 7:34 am |
  15. Kathy

    Really, invasion of privacy. Well what the hell do they think listening in on all our cell phone calls is???? They are so hypocritical it is maddening!! Nothing but lies, smoke and mirrors!!

    September 18, 2008 07:34 am at 7:34 am |
  16. real, educated, caring, no BS mothers for Sen. Obama

    and growing every day!

    Now, for the article.....PALIN GATE PALIN GATE PALIN GATE PALIN GATE PALIN GATE PALIN GATE PALIN GATE PALIN GATE PALIN GATE PALIN GATE PALIN GATE and folks, it is not going away that easy....keep hammering until the truth comes out.

    the mc c goons are taking over the alaskan government along with the FBI and the SS (means Secret Service) not the other infamous SS.....why? PALIN GATE PALIN GATE PALIN GATE PALIN GATE PALIN GATE is just one of many....

    September 18, 2008 07:35 am at 7:35 am |
  17. Roland


    Who gives a moose patty about Palin? What role did the Keating Five have to do with this week's financial meltdown? Republicans like to ruin banks!

    September 18, 2008 07:35 am at 7:35 am |
  18. Erin

    this is a shame that this is happening to her....however, is there something she is hiding?

    September 18, 2008 07:36 am at 7:36 am |
  19. I Love my COUNTRY!

    I am an IWASP – Intelligent Woman Against Sarah Palin

    September 18, 2008 07:36 am at 7:36 am |
  20. vancav

    I thought the Dems were trying to recreate '68, not '72. And this without the courtesy of a FISA hearing. I wonder if a Dem equivalent of Liddy will emerge, sticking his hand in a fondue pot to prove his metal. To paraphrase Howard Baker, what did Obama know, and when did Obama know it.

    September 18, 2008 07:37 am at 7:37 am |
  21. Bulldog

    CNN actually gave a multi-millionaire ex Hillary supporter multiple interviews yesterday for supporting John McCain. And if you actually listen to her, she not support John McCain, she just has a personal vendetta against Obama. This lady actually had the nerve to call Obama an elitist when she is 10 times richer than Obama and only live in the United States part time. CNN, I am ashamed you would actually give this lady airtime.

    September 18, 2008 07:37 am at 7:37 am |
  22. proud army and navy mom

    I have to comment on Joe Biden being such a moron here is his quote talking about the reason for AIG almost going under

    And what's caused this? The profligate tax cuts to the very, very wealthy that John [McCain] wants to continue.

    Yes Joe it was tax cuts had we taxed them to death they wouldnt have been in that position to begin with.

    Moron.....Nice pick for VP libs

    September 18, 2008 07:38 am at 7:38 am |
  23. Elaine

    Whether you support Palin or not, this is an evasion of privacy. Unacceptable.

    September 18, 2008 07:39 am at 7:39 am |
  24. Mongo

    Perfect. Now there is good reason to not go ahead with the Troopergate investigation. This is good for McPain, they could not have done better themselves. Hmmm...could they have done it themselves?

    September 18, 2008 07:39 am at 7:39 am |
  25. Phillybits

    So NOW privacy is a big concern? Well – since there's no Right To Privacy and especially if Gov. Palin has "nothing to hide", I see no problem with her emails being released to the public as they may shed more light on her involvement in Troopergate.

    But furthermore, what is the governor of a state using an unsecure email system like Yahoo! to conduct state business when she had a reasonably secure state email system?

    Was she trying to avoid potential subpoenas a la the RNC in 2006?

    September 18, 2008 07:40 am at 7:40 am |
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