September 18th, 2008
06:56 AM ET
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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. David

    For the first commenter, and I'm sure the several Palin drones that will follow, Obama didn't hack her account, genius. And if you actually believe the Obama campaign was behind it, you have a more delusional and scarier thoguht process than Palin herself.

    It was a hacker on steroids. Plain and simple. Give it a rest.

    September 18, 2008 08:40 am at 8:40 am |
  2. Joseph

    I know they are very good, let 's see..
    she is a lier,, big time lier, even after her lies about the bridge was exposed , she did not stop lying..

    he has a 17 year old daughter who is unmarried and is pregnant

    She and John Mccain are trying to stop the investigation of the troopergate which she has fired the boss of the troopergate because he declined to fire her ex-brother in law...

    the list goes on and goes on ...It is just too many for me to keep up with.

    she is one of the most corrupted and dishonest politicians in the history of this country...

    September 18, 2008 08:40 am at 8:40 am |
  3. A Young Woman from Kansas

    I can't believe that America is stupid enough to follow the Republican party after McCain's scandal some years back and Palin's current scandal. We criticized Clinton for having an affair which had no affect over our lives, yet we don't critically analyze and critique corrupt Republicans who's negative political actions do affect our lives. I think Palin needs to accept that she's going to be under the political scope and we as the American people deserve to know what she has been writing about in her e-mails, and she is obligated to deal with the consequences of her political actions in Alaska. As a woman, I don't trust her; she used her children as political playcards and when I know more about American political policies than she does, it is not a good sign for America as a country. As a woman, I am seriously offended that the Republican party thinks I will vote for McCain-Palin just because the VP is a woman. I'm voting for Obama because he cares about improving this country so we will be prosperous in the future. His economic plan and alternative energy policy ensures that America will be a country to look up to like we once were (the World War II generation). I'm from a Red State, and I still see the hypocrisy that is the Republican party.

    September 18, 2008 08:40 am at 8:40 am |
  4. Columbus Celia

    Aw shucks. I knew I shouldnt have had that guy fired. Now the world will realize how dumb I really am.

    September 18, 2008 08:41 am at 8:41 am |
  5. LG

    Hey S Are you an absolute idiot? How do you blame Obama for email hacking. That's the problem with all you republican idiots you cant see who is causing the real problems. Pull your head out and get a clue. 4 more years of republican rule will take this country down to an all time low.

    September 18, 2008 08:41 am at 8:41 am |
  6. Kim

    Shut up!!!!!!!!you sound insane.... don't nobody really cares about her private email.... this was most like a kid with nothing else do...

    September 18, 2008 08:41 am at 8:41 am |
  7. ben

    and pay attention to what she has said, is saying, and her experience. She has nothing.

    September 18, 2008 08:41 am at 8:41 am |
  8. Cindi

    ...oh come on. Stop the paranoia.

    Obama's camp doesn't need to break into Palin's email. It is, however, much more likely that some random anti-Palin kid or private civilian took the time and energy needed to do it.

    Not everything anti-Palin is from Obama. She's pretty good at making her own enemies if you haven't noticed.

    September 18, 2008 08:41 am at 8:41 am |
  9. Sean from NC

    I wish people would get a clue! This is not a smear tactic from Obama. Any professional hacker can gain access to an e-mail and say that I did it on the behalf of somebody. So it's really unfair to say that everything that happens to the GOP is an tactic sent via Obama. That's like saying that all of the protestors at the GOP were sent there as spies for Obama and to delibrately disrupt the convention on his behalf. Get real people!!! Speaking of smear how many anti-Obama, muslim-Obama and terrorist Obama e-mails are out there. Anyone who is new to a campaign trail is subject to this kind of scrutiny.

    September 18, 2008 08:41 am at 8:41 am |
  10. OHIO

    does the GOP know the difference between hacking and spam emails palin signed up for.

    No McPain

    September 18, 2008 08:41 am at 8:41 am |
  11. ALL CAPS


    you sound like a complete nut.

    September 18, 2008 08:41 am at 8:41 am |
  12. American Dream

    S, you're hallucinatory at best. And if this had happened to the Obama campaign, you right-wingers would be yelling "we have a right to know everything!" You guys are cracking me up. But hey, it's your world so do and believe what you probably couldn't be convinced otherwise anyway!

    September 18, 2008 08:41 am at 8:41 am |
  13. Frank

    You are less than smart. This article does not even mention Obama, let alone imply that he is responsible for somebody hacking into her email account. Also, take caps lock off.

    September 18, 2008 08:41 am at 8:41 am |
  14. Michelle, PA

    I'm no Palin fan, but hacking her personal e-mail is a huge invasion of privacy. Doubt the Democrats would be that stupid, more likely it's some bored college kid – maybe an Obama supporter, maybe not – who got tired of video games and wanted 15 minutes of fame.

    That said, puts a whole new light on her conducting official State business through Yahoo in the past, doesn't it?

    September 18, 2008 08:42 am at 8:42 am |
  15. alicia

    S why is that everytime something happens to ms beauty queen obama is behind it. Maybe concern citizens really want to know what other lies she is telling. She has a legal investigation on the way and her ethics are in question. But some how Obama is to blame. America is waking up to the lies but some how Obama is the blame. What a bunch of babies grow up and get some common sense.

    September 18, 2008 08:42 am at 8:42 am |
  16. Using Yahoo Mail for State Government Affairs?

    Hmmm let's see she uses a less secure means of email to conduct Official Alaskan State business and encourages her aides to do the same. Not only does this circumvent any transparency of her actions as Governor, but shows the extremely POOR judgement she uses to conduct business period. She knew her "private" email could not be subpoenaed for use in a public trial. What does she have to hide.....? And now she's trying to say the investigation into her abuse of power is politically motivated?? Even though the investigation was initiated before her selection as a VP candidate. PALIN is not to be trusted and is not of moral substance. But then again she IS Republican!

    September 18, 2008 08:42 am at 8:42 am |
  17. Anonymous

    Sarah Palin has no standing to subpoena anyone or compel testimony regarding this alleged breach of her privacy rights in her personal e-mail account since she has directed her staff to ignore the subpoenae issued to investigate her improprieties in office. Is this the kind of leadership we want for our country? Where is Ken Starr these days?

    September 18, 2008 08:42 am at 8:42 am |
  18. Anonymous

    That's ridiculous. It is as likely that Obama did this as it is the GOP did it themselves in order to lay it on the Democrats. It is exactly the sort of Karl Rove tactic that McCain has embraced after deciding he would trade his integrity for poll numbers.

    September 18, 2008 08:42 am at 8:42 am |
  19. proud army and navy mom

    what is pitbull Palin hiding?

    Maybe that she is a lying hypocrite who fires people she doesn't like and put her high school friends in positions' of authority?

    September 18, 2008 08:43 am at 8:43 am |
  20. pat C.

    who cares about this frauds email? she is making john mccain look more like a fool everyday. he now can't stay on his weak message because he is scared to death she might say the wrong thing!
    she is a joke and has backfired on the republicans. be careful john might get what you ask for.
    mccain acts like he is a nervous wreck these days.
    obama is making him look like an out of touch old fool here.

    September 18, 2008 08:43 am at 8:43 am |
  21. magik_dolphin

    Good job Palin! If you can't even protect your own personal email account; how are you going to handle protecting our beloved country. I think the Repulicans planned this one!

    Plus a government CAN NOT use personal email address for business. It clearly states that in the employee policies. I guess she is above the law.

    September 18, 2008 08:43 am at 8:43 am |
  22. cheryl

    I would like to know why we have to ask a woman if " she can do it all"?work and family. did anyone ask mccain, biden, or obama that question? are we still in the mood of woman "take care of the children, and men babysit the children?"

    September 18, 2008 08:43 am at 8:43 am |
  23. BJGT

    WikiLeaks are not releasing emails from her personal account. They are only interested in the gov account containing emails that should be archived and public anyway.
    She told her staff to only use their personal email and her personal email to discuss state business. It's a dandy way of avoiding accountability in the case of a subpoena, say for unethical conduct.
    If she had used her official government email account this hacking would not have happened.

    What is she hiding?

    September 18, 2008 08:43 am at 8:43 am |
  24. rodlang

    The hacker should be prosecuted by both the Feds and State of Alaska. In AK, they take this issue seriously....up to five years in prison. The libs have totally lost it, they are out of control and are hurting Obama. If they have any common sense, they will knock it off.

    September 18, 2008 08:43 am at 8:43 am |
  25. Mudo

    Ok, S.
    First rule of the internet (more or less) is don't type in all caps; it looks like you're shouting.

    Secondly, the entity known as Anonymous did this. I could spend a lot of time explaining Anonymous to you, but you wouldn't get it I think. I say this not to disparage you, but someone who types in all caps shows me they understand how to get on the internet and then that's about all - I'd have to explain things like "4chan" and "/b/", and I'm afraid you couldn't grok it.

    Thirdly, at the risk of my better judgement: Anonymous did this without any political agenda; Anonymous did it for the LULZ.

    Lastly, do you really want a public official who uses a free web based email for personal and business reasons alike (the business part is pretty unethical, by the way) to be a heartbeat away from "the button?" To paraphrase Larry the Cable Guy, "I don't care who you are, that's just stupid right there."

    September 18, 2008 08:43 am at 8:43 am |
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