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. milo

    S, this hack was done by a group of anonymous hackers. But of COURSE all you conspiracy theorists think it MUST have come from the campaign, nobody else could POSSIBLY want to find out about the woman. Ridiculous.

    September 18, 2008 08:35 am at 8:35 am |
  2. Raymond Duke

    I hope they throw them in jail for fifty years with no parole. It will be traced back to the Obama camp. Of course the same way he did about the Clintons he will deny and condemn it. It will backfire as his other crap does. Five in this family will not be voting for this socialist.

    September 18, 2008 08:35 am at 8:35 am |
  3. MK, Apex NC

    To "s" writing in upper case

    There is no evidence yet that Obama or his campaign is behind this hack. There is no eveidence that the account was actually hacked. Putting pictures of family is no big deal. Someone may have had access to some pictures perhaps taken when Palin wasn't a celebrity. Screen images of e-mail posted on-line have not been confirmed by Palin. They too could be fabricated.

    McPain camp is trying to get "sympathy" milage out of nothing.

    September 18, 2008 08:36 am at 8:36 am |
  4. Doug R.

    Why is the governor of a state using a personal e-mail account for state business?? That smacks of something to hide. Then again, Palin and her husband are under investigation so there you go.
    There should be a federal investigation into what happened to all of those White House e-mails that went deleted. Anyone who is an objective thinking person knows who is responsible for that.

    September 18, 2008 08:36 am at 8:36 am |
  5. Sue/PA

    I am so tired of Obama being blamed by repugs for everything. Palin should not have had a public email for government business.

    She was for this investigation before she was against it.

    If one has nothing to hide........let the investigation proceed. Remember, it was started ,with her blessing and encouragement, before she was asked to be McCains VP.

    The public has a right to know!!!!

    When you point a finger at Obama....4 fingers are pointing back at you!!!

    CNN POST THIS.................Moderation is like being on a deserted island.

    September 18, 2008 08:36 am at 8:36 am |
  6. Karen

    Wrong to have hacked her accounts. But it has been well known she has these accounts and questions raised about what she is using them for since they are not official government accounts. With her now refusing to corporate with the investigation into the events around her brother-in-law it sure is looking more and more like there is a lot to hide. I do hope they catch the hackers, but how convenient those accounts are now deleted and all that e-mail gone (or is it).

    September 18, 2008 08:37 am at 8:37 am |
  7. proud-thinker


    This has nothing to do with Obama. Someone hacked her Yahoo email which she shouldn't have been using for State business. This just goes back to the bad decisions that Republicans make time and time again. Palin seems to be a Bush clone.

    September 18, 2008 08:37 am at 8:37 am |
  8. Oh Boy!!!???

    Secret service and FBI for a hack job?

    It's out there, she used Yahoo for gov business.

    It's out there, regardless how it got out. Obama didn't hack anything.

    Why not use the fbi to investigate the abuse of charges? How can we trust someone who is accused of something, then, reacts in the same manner by abusing power by saying to America, I will not participate? You have no choice but to do so to prove your innocence.

    Play the victim all you want Palin. John, distractions like these are great to avoid talking about the issues. Let's just vote based on how bad we feel about Sarah's feelings, OK?

    September 18, 2008 08:37 am at 8:37 am |
  9. Jason

    How convenient. I'm sure the Palins will cooperate with this "investigation." Be on the lookout for this investigation to become "tainted".

    By the way, a Republican administration blocking an investigation .... Hmm, sounds familiar .... More of the McSame

    September 18, 2008 08:37 am at 8:37 am |
  10. barbara

    America is waking up and we are not happy with what we are waking up to. Gov. Palin has told so many lies and Senator McCain is covering for her. Sure, he want s an investigation in the alleged
    hacking of her personal email but he wants to stop an investigation into allegatioins of power abuse. What is wrong with this picture?

    September 18, 2008 08:37 am at 8:37 am |
  11. CW in PSL

    If she had opened it up to transparency, then no one would have needed to hack it. More and more things are coming out about Ms. Palin....we will not vote for someone we can't trust or have confidence in during this very difficult economic climate. When McCain put her at the top of the ticket and strated acting more and more of a clone to Bush.....he lost all honor and credibility with the American people!

    September 18, 2008 08:37 am at 8:37 am |
  12. Real Talk

    No, S look at the FACTS and not your political opinion. If this was an investigation into a regular civilian like me and you this case would be open and shut. I knew once she got under the wing of the GOP campaign she woud be able to "Karl Rove" her way out of her wrong doings. If every American could pull stunts like this are streets would be filled with convicts, rapists, killers etc. and these are the likes of who should be running this country. It's a smack in the face of our judicial system.

    September 18, 2008 08:37 am at 8:37 am |
  13. Anonymous


    September 18, 2008 08:38 am at 8:38 am |
  14. kristin

    Hey "S" – no one said it was Obama that hacked her email. I bet Obama would disapprove of this action as well. Both sides of this election have fervent supporters that would go to unacceptable lengths ... so just hold on there.

    September 18, 2008 08:38 am at 8:38 am |
  15. A

    Why is she conducting state business through her personal account? What is she hiding? I don't think that she is a demon or anything like that, but I know she is not capable of leading this country should something happen to McCain. She comes across as an airhead who loves all this attention. If the American people do elect McCain/Palin, I will lose all faith in them.

    September 18, 2008 08:38 am at 8:38 am |
  16. TH

    Give me a break. Just because someone may have gotten into her personal e-mail does not mean that Obama was behind it.

    Get a life.

    September 18, 2008 08:38 am at 8:38 am |
  17. enough already!

    McCain camp looking to change the subject to something that has nothing to do with running the country.

    This race is over.

    September 18, 2008 08:39 am at 8:39 am |
  18. JLB

    well.......I guess the truth about troopergate and other character matters will be made public........uh oh! Your 15 minutes a fame Ms.Palin are about to come to a screeeeeeeeeeching halt!

    September 18, 2008 08:39 am at 8:39 am |
  19. K

    What a lie. The Obama campaign wouldn't stoop as low as the McCain campaign.

    September 18, 2008 08:39 am at 8:39 am |
  20. P


    You shouldn't rush to judgment here.... there is no evidence that Obama was behind these attacks, just as the "Swiftboaters" were not orchestrated by Bush's campaign. He/she may be an Obama SUPPORTER, but to accuse him personally is a bit gratuitous.

    Vote NADER!!

    September 18, 2008 08:39 am at 8:39 am |
  21. GOP Terrorists have destroyed America

    I bet Sarah Palin's monitor has whiteout all over it, for when she makes a correction... or else she just prays to Jesus to help her spelling. What a total ding bat....

    September 18, 2008 08:39 am at 8:39 am |
  22. Mr. Demm

    How is this an attack? This crap happens all the time.
    Were living in a world of computers. Some are just smarter than others face it!

    Obama "08"

    September 18, 2008 08:39 am at 8:39 am |
  23. Anonymous

    Ok, How is this an Obama smear campaign? The conservatives have been doing this for years and now that it comes back to haunt them, you're going to whine like a little girl? Grow up. If they are such a "good and decent" family they shouldn't have anything to worry about. Oh, btw way, a good and decent family teaches responsibility and doesn't let there teenage daughter get knocked up and the son use illicit drugs and participate in underage drinking.

    September 18, 2008 08:40 am at 8:40 am |
  24. Chris

    Another waste of taxpayer money. Secret Service investigating a hacking of a yahoo account? Are you kidding me? It happens everyday to private citizens and not even the local police would be willing to pursue this for anyone else.

    Here's a tip for Mrs. Palin and anyone else who is unknowledgeable in the computer world. When you click that button that says "you are about to send information through the Internet and it may be seen by others" it means that you are about to send information through the Internet and it may seen by others. Get that?

    People with any sense whatsoever treat email like a postcard – it can be read by anyone.

    Just another example of the elitist Republicans demanding special treatment.

    September 18, 2008 08:40 am at 8:40 am |
  25. ben

    you need to pay attention to the issues friend. Instead of looking at her image pay attention to what she stands for.

    September 18, 2008 08:40 am at 8:40 am |
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