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. Robert, Houston, TX

    Phony outrage again. This is the party that supports domestic spying. What was it they liked to say?: "Why worry if you have nothing to hide?". Just RINO hypocrisy rearing its ugly head again onto the stage.

    September 18, 2008 07:40 am at 7:40 am |
  2. Watching from NC

    Interesting that the Governor will be cooperating in the investigation of this incident, while at the same time, refusing to do so in that of her home state's into allegations that she abused the power of her office.

    September 18, 2008 07:40 am at 7:40 am |
  3. Michelle ATL

    What is she hiding?

    What are in those emails?

    September 18, 2008 07:41 am at 7:41 am |
  4. brendajoy nh

    I just watched the news and heard that McCain likes to campaign with Sara and that he likes her by his side. Of course he does without her he is nothing. I think that is why he picked her. He was going nowhere. When he speaks alone no one listens, when she is around they do. I also noticed that since Sara became his running mate that foxnews in the morning always speaks about her nicely and not Obama. They can not wait to speak of her every morning. They are only concerned about ratings and to who is best for the country.I have stopped watching those 3 in the morning because I do not think they are fair any more. One more thing we as americans need to realize that Sara is not runnig for presdent ,John McCain is and if can not campaign without her what does that show. He was nothing before her remember that.

    September 18, 2008 07:41 am at 7:41 am |
  5. Thebe

    That's what you get when you skirt the law, Palin! You put your state business at risk, dufus! Now the taxpayer is paying for your poor decision-making. This would be the story of our lives should McSame/Palin get elected.

    September 18, 2008 07:41 am at 7:41 am |
  6. will ny

    Why was she using a Yahoo account for government business....

    this is another clue into Governor Palin... secret emails, and too stupid to do it right.

    September 18, 2008 07:42 am at 7:42 am |
  7. CK

    If this had happened to Obama or Biden, the main stream media would have been screaming in the streets. They would accuse the McCain ticket and, of course, George Bush for this invasion of privacy. But, of course, this article makes it sound as if it's Palin's fault. How dare she use a private email account!! As if Democrats don't do the same thing. Give me a break!!!

    September 18, 2008 07:43 am at 7:43 am |
  8. more skulls in palin's closet?

    We're all waiting! put them all up!

    September 18, 2008 07:43 am at 7:43 am |
  9. Matthew

    The 2008 version of Watergate....

    September 18, 2008 07:44 am at 7:44 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 business on Yahoo is asking to be hacked. Surely this is violating Alaska state laws, but then of course, republicans enacted the Patriot Act, and Palin does live next to Russia, so would this not be allowed, if the hacker thought she had terrorist connections? The hacker could be a national hero.

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

    September 18, 2008 07:45 am at 7:45 am |
  11. Juan Grain

    I do not think that McCain and Palin are qualified to be president, but no one should have their privacy violated. And this is something that most everyone should agree with.

    September 18, 2008 07:48 am at 7:48 am |
  12. J

    I bet she cooperates with this investigation.

    September 18, 2008 07:48 am at 7:48 am |
  13. Dem dirty tricks

    Obama supporters and their internet savvy operatives are the likely suspects in the illegal hacking of Governor Palin's private e-mail accounts and the releasing of those to the Internet Democratic web sites and the media. Obama has been suspiciously quiet on this incident, obviously reveling in what it might bring to his campaign to discredt Palin. There are Obama opertaives and activists and lawyers in the hundreds in Alaska literally pouring through the rubbish pails of Palin in an attempt to get any scrap of info to ridicule her. This is Democratic dirty tricks at its worst. The investigation against Palin is being run by Obama loyalists and it is just partisan garbage -- We need somebody we can trust in Washington and that is John McCain - We do not need these South Chicago style dirty politics of Obama - SHAME

    Oh, and thet big tax cut Obama was promoting with lies – he is retreating from it now as Obama himsself just yesterdat that it could have an uncertain nagative effect on the economic problems we face ni the financial markets

    September 18, 2008 07:48 am at 7:48 am |
  14. Abel

    It bothers me when the Mccain camp tries to distract us from the real issues on ground by calling for investigation of a personal email ordeal of Palin, while discouraging fare testification by Palins staff on the troopergate scandal.
    The world economy is in turmoil because of unilaterism of the Repubilcan led goverment of George Bush & the so called Global war on terror that has affected trade and Global peace . the issue of Georgia & Russia is still of great distraction that will further threaten Global security, all we need in America is a leader that has a listening ear and is very objective before taking sides and in that i see Obama as that unifying factor and for the American so called White women for Palin come on Obamas mumis like you & fell in Love not on the Basis of racial convineince but truly followed her hearth which is a true American women value of freedom

    September 18, 2008 07:49 am at 7:49 am |
  15. reggie

    The liberals are so scared of Sarah Palin and her huge popularity that they will violate privacy to try to derail her. Privacy, the very issue the liberals always taut as being violated by the republicans. SHAME ON THEM! Whoever resorted to this illegal, nasty act should spend time behind bars.

    September 18, 2008 07:49 am at 7:49 am |
  16. Hercules Mulligan

    They're surely DESPERATE.
    Do not know what to do anymore to stop mrs.Palin trying to fiind information that may damage the lady. That shows how shaken up they are.
    And the good thing is that the more they try to bring her down with this dirty tricks, innuendos and desecration of her family, the more favorable to mrs.Palin, people in the streets reacts in her favor. It is common phycology, but it is good, THEY don't get it.
    Not even the help of the "liberal press" bias in favor of their new boy in the block, it is helping those who want to turn this country to a dictatorship of the worst of Leftist Socialism.
    By the way Freddie Mae' bucks cannot be gotten anymore eh? Wow HE was number two recipient of its funds.
    Now as usual proceed with the "ax"; censorhip cannot get betwixt truth and the people.

    September 18, 2008 07:52 am at 7:52 am |
  17. Bullwinkle says no to Palin

    She was an idiot for using Yahoo E-mail for Government business. Free E-mail is soooooooo SECURE!

    Hmmmm....Can we trust someone this smart to VP of the USA?

    I cant wait to see her National Security plan now!lol

    September 18, 2008 07:53 am at 7:53 am |
  18. Sally a Proud Republican for Palin

    FIVE Republicans and TWO Democrats already had an investigation underway prior to this VP fiasco and they are NOW blaming Democrats. Why does she not just get this out of the way to clear the air and move on with the issues?

    I want Palin to start taking much time and room does she need.

    **I don't imagine this will get posted by CNN.

    September 18, 2008 07:53 am at 7:53 am |

    Sarah what color is your lipstick?

    In what aspect, Mike?

    Game over!

    September 18, 2008 07:54 am at 7:54 am |
  20. KMAN

    One thing we know for sure ... it wasn't John McCain who hacked her email account!

    September 18, 2008 07:54 am at 7:54 am |
  21. Allison R.

    So then, are they also investigating Sarah Palin for hacking into Randy Ruedrich's computer and email in 2004, an Alaskan repub chairman, and using information to get him fired? Talk about that story, CNN.
    What goes around comes around. She deserved this.

    September 18, 2008 07:55 am at 7:55 am |
  22. Republicans Hate America

    Gee for this country losing close to a trillion dollars in wealth in just 3 days and all McCain can headline is an investigation on an email account is just absurd! If you focused on the economy like you do on your girlfriends accounts we may not be in this mess right now.

    September 18, 2008 07:56 am at 7:56 am |
  23. Rob

    Those Bad forest Wolves again?

    September 18, 2008 07:56 am at 7:56 am |
  24. Jasmine

    Yes it was wrong. Just as wrong as the GOP's attempt to block Michigan residents who are going through foreclosure from entering the polls. The FBI should also investigate why this is happening. We are revisiting the 1950's and 60's when African Americans were denied the right to vote. If you are poor, you cannot vote in this country? Where does that power come from?

    September 18, 2008 07:56 am at 7:56 am |
  25. gapeach

    What is she hiding? It will come out in due time.

    September 18, 2008 07:57 am at 7:57 am |
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