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. Jean

    Is THIS what Obama is going to bring to Washington?

    By the mere fact someone did this... they are obviously taking action to help the Democratic and Obama Party. We don't need these type of people in charge.

    September 18, 2008 08:30 am at 8:30 am |
  2. AA


    Oh look, another shiny object.

    Trying to distract the public much GOP?

    While the act itself is deplorable, this would be a page 11 snippet of a story if it was not for the fact that...

    – a private e-mail account was being used for gov't business
    – who's contents are linked to an ongoing gov't investigation
    – it is tied to someone who is running for the second highest office
    – who is refusing to cooperate with gov't appointed investigators

    – who is SO stupid that her entire defense is that she did notice that she was using a web browser based public e-mail service (Yahoo), instead of her official gov't appointed e-mail program (you know the one with the gov't seal) that says Governor Palin on it...
    20 to 30 individual times!

    And you want us to swallow this? For real?

    You cannot be seriously considering this fool as a possible representative of you can you?

    Wake up and say, not this time. Don't worry no one will know and your children will be safe.


    September 18, 2008 08:30 am at 8:30 am |
  3. Hispanic Female Republican

    This is only going to make her more popular, so thank you!

    McCain/Palin '08!!!

    Palin for President 2012!!!

    September 18, 2008 08:30 am at 8:30 am |
  4. b. mynatt

    I cannot believe that someone would be so bold and stupid to do this to one of our VP candidates! Just shows that there are some people in the world who will do whatever, to anyone regardless of what damage they might cause!

    September 18, 2008 08:30 am at 8:30 am |
  5. kim, richmond, va

    This is just a ploy to get away from the issues. Give me a break!

    September 18, 2008 08:31 am at 8:31 am |
  6. indewoman for OBAMA

    Stop blaming OBAMA for EVERYTHING bad that happens.

    September 18, 2008 08:31 am at 8:31 am |
  7. Will

    You are creepy. It was in no way affiliated with Obama and Sarah Palin should have known better than to have a normal email account when she is running for THE VICE PRESIDENT OF AMERICA!

    September 18, 2008 08:31 am at 8:31 am |
  8. onedayatatime

    To think that there are still registered voters planning to cast a ballot for the Rethugs is mind boggling. She is "busted" trying to circumvent the governmental safeguards on improper use of e-mail by using a personal e-mail account. Her husband is not only the "first Dude" but apparently a close advisor who has access to whatever she has access to. This was the dumbest VP pick in history and will ultimately be the punch line of some very funny jokes. Unfortunately, right now there's nothing funny about it.

    September 18, 2008 08:31 am at 8:31 am |
  9. scott h.

    Yes! America IS waking up. That's why Obama is ahead in the polls today.

    September 18, 2008 08:31 am at 8:31 am |
  10. Bluv

    While I'm definitely not a fan of Palin in anyway, this is uncalled for and unwarranted as those who did this should be prosecuted to the full extent of the law. This takes the focus off real issues and gives some more reasons to feel sympathy for her and vote on those reasons versus her qualifications for the position.

    September 18, 2008 08:32 am at 8:32 am |
  11. Vote Obama

    You stupid people who fall for this deserve to get what you will if this idiot is elected as President!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    September 18, 2008 08:32 am at 8:32 am |
  12. Jon S.

    So you have a presidential candidate who doesnt use the internet and then you have a vp candidate who uses yahoo for state business. As someone involved in the technology industry this concerns me deeply as these 2 are showing both their age and inexperience to understand the cyber world we live in. When I saw that she had a yahoo account I knew someone would hack it. She could save herself a lot of trouble by actually talking to the press. If you would talk to the press maybe they wouldnt have to do investigations on you. They are just trying to find out who you are and your basically giving them no other choice.

    September 18, 2008 08:32 am at 8:32 am |
  13. Bill for REAL Change - Vote: Obama/Biden

    Funny thing – these Republicans and Emails....does anyone remember them going after their own President and Vice President – whose emails pertaining to the illegal and politicalized firing of several state attorney generals were "lost" and not able to be produced? They were not so "enraged" then to open an "investigation".

    I wouldn't be surprised if the "will-do-anything-to-win" McCain't – founder of the Blackberry – didn't use his own skills to break into Palin's emails just to make a story out of it. Shame on you Mr. McCain't!

    September 18, 2008 08:32 am at 8:32 am |
  14. JIM...TX

    "SHOCKING" says thats rich coming from Republicans who's so used to slimeball tactics 🙂 What IS shocking is that Palin's so stupid to use a non secure domain for her secret notes she didn't want on the State system in case someone went looking into her QUESTIONABLE dealings.

    September 18, 2008 08:32 am at 8:32 am |
  15. Rami

    Just another distraction. This only plays into the McCain camp. So, I wonder who is responsible for it. Additionally, the McCain camp probably will say that now that this happened no one should use these emails in an invistigation. How conveniant. Anyway, let's get back to the economy and let the CIA deal with this one.

    September 18, 2008 08:32 am at 8:32 am |
  16. Vote Obama

    mccain and palin are done for!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    September 18, 2008 08:33 am at 8:33 am |
  17. d

    Taking a page right out of Dick Cheney's book, Palin is using private emails to conduct gov't. business? Why the big deal? Because in any investigation personal emails can NOT be subpoenaed. Obviously, she has something to hide.
    While I am sure that the repubs will accuse the Dems of hacking into the account, truth is, you have to be a moron to think that someone out there can not hack into an email address. Whoever did it is smart enough to cover there tracks and will never be caught.

    You can take the yahoo out of Alaska, but you can't take the yahoo out of 'gov.sarah @''.

    September 18, 2008 08:33 am at 8:33 am |
  18. Jay from New Jersey

    Who are these Obama vigilantes? Why doesn't he ring them in? Why is he losing control over his "supporters"?

    September 18, 2008 08:34 am at 8:34 am |
  19. John B. From New Hampshire

    "S" needs a lesson in communications. maybe he too can go to several different colleges to get a simple career in such... like journalism... funny this was the top of the ticker yesterday, and today as well. looking for those ratings CNN?

    P.S. this race is not as close as the polls show. it's like a championship. if the media didn't make it seem close, who would watch?!?!

    Obama had NOTHING to do with this... Yahoo is a public e-mail site... anyone with half a brain could hack someone's account. the better question should be, why was a governor using Yahoo to conduct state business? why not on a more protected and private e-mail channel? if that's not eyebrow raising, i'm not sure what is anymore!!

    OBAMA '08

    September 18, 2008 08:34 am at 8:34 am |
  20. Gerald in Georgia

    McCain and the repugs will do anything to keep her on the front page and America's mind off of the issues. They are trying so hard to make her a victim. Anything to make America feel sorry for her.
    Remember America.... STAY FOCUSED!!!!!

    September 18, 2008 08:34 am at 8:34 am |
  21. Larry Kincaid

    S – not bloddy likely. She might well be a decent person, but she's wholly unqualified to lead this country at this difficult time. We've had enough Republican control over the past 8+ years, don't you think?

    September 18, 2008 08:34 am at 8:34 am |
  22. Bob O

    Don't blame the Obama campaign for this unless or until there is some evidence that the campaign was involved.

    Speaking of evidence, if the emails show that Palin is illegally using her personal account for official state business, then there should be an investigation – and NOT by the Alaska AG, who is too politically conflicted to be allowed to conduct the investigation.

    September 18, 2008 08:35 am at 8:35 am |
  23. Lifelong Republican for Obama, Columbia, TN

    Please...give me a break! Just another distraction from the serious and #1 issue at hand-the Economy!

    September 18, 2008 08:35 am at 8:35 am |
  24. T'SAH from Virginia

    Automatically someone is going to BLAME the DEMOCRATS!!! But stop and THINK – it can be a REPUBLICAN making it look like a DEMOCRAT!!!!

    REPUBLICANS have played DIRTY for years and now they cannot handle the BACKFIRE – they will try ANYTHING to get elected and THIS YEAR – "WE'RE NOT HAVING IT"!!!!

    OBADEN 2008-2016 – "YES WE CAN and WE DON'T GIVE A HACK"!!! LOL

    September 18, 2008 08:35 am at 8:35 am |
  25. Tomas

    This is the result of an overly-secretive campaign and the way that they are sequestering the woman who is vying to hold one of the most powerful offices in the world. If she won't reveal herself and the press won't ask her the tough questions, the American people will find out the answers themselves. Like it or not.
    Palin will be revealed for the fraud and politically opportunistic pick that she is. The bubble will come crashing down in an ugly mess.
    Buhbye McCain and all his pathological lying.

    September 18, 2008 08:35 am at 8:35 am |
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