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. ts

    Palin has shown she doesn't have the judgment. I mean come one, you use Yahoo to conduct government business? She would had been better of if she had taken an ad out in the New York Times. It would had been just as safe. Yahoo is not known for its security. I am pretty sure the secret service will tell her at the end of the day to not use Yahoo in the future.

    The reason why I say this is I also had my yahoo account hacked into. I knew pretty much who did it. But yahoo took no action. Yahoo won't take action for the average user. It only takes action for the so called "high profile" user.

    I have also seen comments online that they hope the hacker is found and prosecuted. Shows you how naive people are to hacking. It goes on alot more than is reported. And alot of them don't get caught.

    So if you want someone that has shown they have naive judgment, vote for McCain. If you want someone that is smart and has the right judgment, vote for Obama.


    September 18, 2008 08:55 am at 8:55 am |
  2. keith

    when will american be smart enough to read between the lines. I haven't been here but and I can see the GOP only cares about the rich and treat the rest of us like your intial "s"

    September 18, 2008 08:55 am at 8:55 am |
  3. McCain for Pres.

    I am soooo tired of Obama who has no experience and the media, who is clearly sexist, putting down Sarah Palins experience. She was a mayor and she is a governor. When the hurricanes hit, it was the mayors and governors speaking to the media. They had all the responsibility. Yet they make fun of Sarah Palin. What a double standard.

    September 18, 2008 08:55 am at 8:55 am |
  4. Clinton Supporter for Obama

    This is another faux scandal cooked up by the McCain campain – anything to take the focus off of the real issues affected hard-working Americans.

    McCain would rather talk about Palin's Yahoo account than the economy any day of the week.

    Let's stay focused on the issues that matter!


    September 18, 2008 08:55 am at 8:55 am |
  5. Maryland

    The McCain/Palin camp blames obama for everything lies they tell american people. This is 21th Century you can not keep lying and don't expect people to find out.

    Nobody is smearing anything about Sarah and her family. she is doing it to herself. What happens to the transparency she promised people?

    Stop the crying and the whinning just tell the truth.

    September 18, 2008 08:55 am at 8:55 am |
  6. Filipina

    They want to investigate????? The troopergate they don't want to co-operate what is this double standard????????? McSame campaign they are doing everything to get all the headlines,,,,,they are running a very low campaign pathetic!


    September 18, 2008 08:56 am at 8:56 am |
  7. J. C.

    The Republican ticket is frought with liars, cheats and all are in the pockets of big oil and lobbyists. Obama need not do any smearing, as the ticket is doing enough of that to themselves. Out of touch and out of their minds is how best to describe the McCain/Palin ticket. Economy fundamentally sound? Open your eyes to the rest of the world, people! Maybe McCain and Palin's personal finances are sound....look who's paying them! WE are, in tandem with big oil.

    VOTE OBAMA, he, at least has a conscience.

    September 18, 2008 08:56 am at 8:56 am |
  8. Scott, Wichita

    Don't really care for either candidate, but that is shameful and illegal. Hope the FBI catches whomever did it.

    None of the Above '08!

    September 18, 2008 08:56 am at 8:56 am |
  9. Kristin

    Palin's family isn't the issue. Her qualifications and the fact that if something smells bad, it usually is. Also, have we all missed the sexism bait. Cut me a break!

    September 18, 2008 08:56 am at 8:56 am |
  10. Chris

    Uhm... Obama's smear campaign? How about almost every McCain ad out there, as well as most of their speaches that mention Obama being just flat out lies? How about Rove of all people calling out the McCain campaign for stepping over the line between fudging the truth and all out lieing?

    And so now you're suggesting that it was someone in the Obama campaign that "hacked" her yahoo account?


    Also, stop yelling... it's really annoying.

    September 18, 2008 08:56 am at 8:56 am |
  11. Tony

    What is a governor doing using Yahoo! mail (which won't have the standard security levels of her proper email) to carry out official government business?

    September 18, 2008 08:56 am at 8:56 am |
  12. Morel

    Here is my take on this e-mail story:
    1-Palin want to get rid of problematic e-mails
    2- create a hacking story
    3- shut all her yahoos' accounts up.
    4-Job well done and the media does the rest of the job by making her look like a victim to unsuspecting viewers!

    September 18, 2008 08:56 am at 8:56 am |
  13. Vote Obama

    Typical Right-wing paranoia comment.

    September 18, 2008 08:56 am at 8:56 am |

    Once again this is a mind game the republicans are playing. Who ever did this works for McCain or supports McCain. Come on how dumb would it be for Obama to have anything to do with this. Seriously!!!! hahahaha you guys are funny with this one.

    Obama-Biden est: 2008


    September 18, 2008 08:56 am at 8:56 am |
  15. Ed, Santa Fe NM

    the hack is probably all baloney... a plant my McBush campaign since they have NOTHING to offer Americans but WAR and RECESSION....


    September 18, 2008 08:56 am at 8:56 am |
  16. Toks Oke

    I guess Barack Obama caused McCain's jet to be shot down too.LMAO!!!!

    September 18, 2008 08:57 am at 8:57 am |
  17. Mia

    It's curious, isn't it, that the hackers never tried to get into Hillary's, Obama's, McCain's or anyone else's email, private or otherwise, though I'm sure they could if they wanted to? It definitely looks like a smear campaign. Palin must have some genuine power for them to be so scared of her they'd resort to this.

    September 18, 2008 08:57 am at 8:57 am |
  18. Jeff

    S, why don't you practice what you preach? Blaming this on Obama with no proof is a smear tactic too. It's irresponsible to say that Obama is responsible without proof, but no one is actually interested in proof, are they? This sort of thing is almost always vigilante work.

    September 18, 2008 08:57 am at 8:57 am |
  19. S.M

    If any information concerning the firing of Troopergate were in her personal email, Palin's credibility is in question as well as her reckless behavior as Gov.

    September 18, 2008 08:57 am at 8:57 am |
  20. Amy-Ga

    It does appear that Obama is using his old Chicago politics to try and smear Palin. First Hillary now Palin. What does this man have against women, yeesh.

    September 18, 2008 08:57 am at 8:57 am |
  21. nick, houston

    CNN.................ALL PALIN, ALL THE TIME?????

    Instead of reporting everything that she does, why don't you refuse to cover her until she begins taking questions from the press.

    When Tim Russert died, the "4th estate" died as well. All we're left with is a bunch of hacks writing what they are told instead of asking questions.

    Why don't you just print the press releases from the McCain campaign so we don't have to have the middleman reporters involved at all.

    September 18, 2008 08:57 am at 8:57 am |
  22. James L

    Why would she conduct government businness with a personal e-mail account anyway. ...?

    September 18, 2008 08:58 am at 8:58 am |
  23. Anonymous

    Actually, the Obama campaign most likely had nothing to do with this, Anonomous has already claimed responsibility for the hacking before the mainstream news groups broke the story.
    If it was a smear tactic im sure there would have been more incriminating emails released, rather than simple chatter

    September 18, 2008 08:58 am at 8:58 am |
  24. American in Europe


    I am sorry Mcain is too old to run this country and she does not qualify to be vice-president they are both to scary to run the country



    September 18, 2008 08:58 am at 8:58 am |

    Ah, yeah sure 's' now so you'er saying that the Obama campaign has hired hackers? duh.

    September 18, 2008 08:58 am at 8:58 am |
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