September 22nd, 2008
01:04 PM ET
14 years ago

FBI searches home of lawmaker's son in Palin e-mail hacking

(CNN) - FBI agents investigating the hacking of a personal email account belonging to Alaska governor Sarah Palin have searched the home of the son of a Democratic state legislator, federal law enforcement sources said Monday.

The search occurred late Saturday and early Sunday at the Knoxville home of David Kernell, 20, son of Memphis Democrat Mike Kernell.

Officially, Justice Department spokeswoman Laura Sweeney acknowledged Monday only that "investigative activity occurred" over the weekend. But three sources familiar with the case confirmed the search of Kernell's residence. No documents have been made public showing what equipment or evidence agents had seized.

The sources requested anonymity because the investigation is ongoing and no charges have yet been filed.

Although charges may be filed, none was believed to be imminent, according to the sources.
Palin's email account was hacked, and some of the contents were displayed briefly last week on an Internet website.

Although the displayed messages did not contain significant political disclosures, the McCain-Palin campaign issued a statement calling the incident "a shocking invasion of the governor's privacy and a violation of law."

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soundoff (171 Responses)
  1. Louis

    ...AND JUSTICE FOR SOME–Does anyone else see the irony that the FBI is rapidly investigating this hacker while Palin, who is under investigation, has her buddies totally ignore state issued supoenas? She refuses to cooperate with a state investigation run by a bipartisan commission, but the FBI jumps to help her. No wonder people are cynical about our system of justice.

    September 22, 2008 03:09 pm at 3:09 pm |
  2. California Gold

    So why is she now refusing to cooperate with the investigation as to her actions as Governor? Why is her husband in contempt of court for ignoring his subpoena? She charges rape victims for their forensic rape kits. She is shockingly uneducated as to national and international politics. Who cares about her e-mail.

    September 22, 2008 03:10 pm at 3:10 pm |
  3. Way to go, genius...

    The hack was so sloppy that it's obviously not the work of someone tied in any way to anything. The kid posted that he hacked Palin's email with an account with an email address tied to his own easily verifiable personal e-mail account.

    Why not just post your glorious hack on your myspace page, idiot?

    The real issue is not that the son of a Democrat hacked Palin's account, it's that Palin is using an easily accessible email account for GOVERNMENTAL use! Not because it's "skirting the email logging", but because it's a tremendous security risk!

    Do you really want someone THIS unsavvy with technology, backing up someone's who is EVEN LESS SAVVY with technology running the entire nation!?

    September 22, 2008 03:10 pm at 3:10 pm |
  4. Tony

    Hey Rob:

    I know that if I were totally innocent of the charges against me, had nothing to hide and asked to be held accountable as Palin has been screeching from the rootops for months, I would sue to try and stop the investigation as well.

    She is as guilty as they come and I sure hope McCain's numbers plummet after October 10th when she is found guilty.

    September 22, 2008 03:11 pm at 3:11 pm |
  5. milo

    "If nothing else, this incident proves that Palin wasn't doing anything wrong."

    Doing government business on private email is wrong. Period.

    She put public security at risk, and someone took advantage of her negligence. She absolutely should NOT be let off the hook, she screwed up and she needs to face the consequences of her carelessness.

    September 22, 2008 03:11 pm at 3:11 pm |
  6. Matt

    This is simple: Palin either paid the kid to do it or has set him up, so she could delete her email accounts and make it so much harder for the legislature's investigation to obtain her emails.

    Now, that's about as believeable and just as crazy as saying Obama's campaign had something to do with this.

    The REAL investigation is the one of Palin, and the entire media is avoiding it like the plague because they don't want to see the polls dip too far in Obama's favor.

    September 22, 2008 03:11 pm at 3:11 pm |
  7. beevee

    Misguided smart young people do this kind of things. Wrong as they are I blame the stupid Palin for using yahoo personal e-mail account for government related matters. She is scary.

    September 22, 2008 03:11 pm at 3:11 pm |
  8. rodlang

    What did the Obama campaign know and when did the know it. The Obama campaign came up through the dirty politics of the Chicago Daly machine. They learned their lessons from the master.

    September 22, 2008 03:11 pm at 3:11 pm |
  9. Jerry Ohio

    Why is Palin using yahoo for Gov purpose she need to be lock up
    why she not going to testify in the troopergate investigation and she told her husband not to talk about the case

    September 22, 2008 03:12 pm at 3:12 pm |

    What difference does this make. Palin is the one running for President and she is a fool!

    And a liar.

    If McCain Palin wins, their tricks work. So much is at stake in our
    country, it is unbelievable horror to think they could win this election.

    If They do, America is racist and stupid.

    Obama Biden 2008 or THE AMERICAN ship will finally sink.

    Obama needs to win Florida. Talk to your elderly folks, please.

    September 22, 2008 03:12 pm at 3:12 pm |
  11. N.S of Huntsville, Al

    Who cares? About the New york Times, CNN you could really learn alot. The times is reporting the facts. If they see that McCain is lieing and they call him on it, what is wrong with it? Pailn is trash and is on the job training, and you news people are letting her get away with why is that? So stop crying Republicans what do want the Times to report lies and act like McCain is honorable, hell know he needs to be exposed and that trash Palin as well.

    September 22, 2008 03:12 pm at 3:12 pm |
  12. Eric-29-m-PA

    Fact Check: Is the father of the 20 year old a Democrat?

    Yes, BUT CNN failed to mention that the father is a Democratic state representative of Memphis.

    September 22, 2008 03:12 pm at 3:12 pm |
  13. wow!!!!!!!!!

    Hitler Youth for Obama......and schmidt was there

    September 22, 2008 03:12 pm at 3:12 pm |




    September 22, 2008 03:13 pm at 3:13 pm |

    The Republicans are trying to "change the subject" because they
    have NOTHING to offer Americans with TRUTH!

    September 22, 2008 03:14 pm at 3:14 pm |
  16. Reese

    Democratic SLIME! OOZING it's way toward the White House by any means possible.

    September 22, 2008 03:14 pm at 3:14 pm |
  17. (zero)bama

    Niiiiiiiiice... there's that party of "tolerance" again, doing what they do best.

    Liberal "tolerance" means tolerance for all ideas and beliefs with which we agree. All others will be derided as sexist, racist, homophobic, (add any other "-ist" or "-ism" here, ad nauseum).

    September 22, 2008 03:14 pm at 3:14 pm |
  18. Mystrunner

    Okay, this really, really can't be attributed to either political party. It's well-known that whoever the person who did this was a part of Anonymous, from 4chan. Anything those people do isn't politically motivated, it's usually done out of sheer boredom or for lulz.

    But I don't doubt this comment will be ignored, just like every other comment here. :p

    September 22, 2008 03:14 pm at 3:14 pm |
  19. McCain/Palin The Copy-Cats

    It breaking the law when you are seapenoed, but refuse to testafy.

    September 22, 2008 03:15 pm at 3:15 pm |
  20. wow!!!!!!!!!

    Eating Buffalo Wings in Heaven with is intelligence of the kid versus the complete ignorant that pig is

    September 22, 2008 03:15 pm at 3:15 pm |
  21. markymark22

    All the left-wing liberals who complained so much about wiretapping, etc. now don't even ackowledge there is anything wrong with this and say Palin shouldn't be using it. Remember your words when your account gets hacked into too. Oh thats right, it's only wrong if a Republican does it?

    September 22, 2008 03:15 pm at 3:15 pm |
  22. Ellemn Rudolf

    There are more than enough instances of wrongdoing in the Palin bio.
    Who knows what the reasons for such are. It appears that she is inexperienced and was feeling her way to being Governor. That's fine. However, these actions cnnot be replicted on a higher level. Whether one liks or hate the candidates, the point is we should not be as sheep following where led w/out questioning. Mrs. Palin is not ready. This much was clear from the interviews donr by her, when she lacked the support and bolster of a prompter.

    September 22, 2008 03:15 pm at 3:15 pm |
  23. Peter (CA)

    Hitler Youth-

    Well, I think the thinking that came up with that name says it all. But, humor me, instead of throwing out a bunch of crud to see what sticks, how about giving us some details?

    See, McCain's and Palin's lies are all well documented. They have lied and lied and lied because they believe voters aren't smart enough to see through that.

    Gosh, I would hope that wasn't true.

    September 22, 2008 03:16 pm at 3:16 pm |
  24. Suzie

    Where I work, when you use company mail for personal use or personal mail for company work, you get Fired !!

    Why would our Govt. even allow her to do this is beyond me.
    She should have been impeached.

    September 22, 2008 03:17 pm at 3:17 pm |
  25. wow!!!!!!!!!

    Silence Dogood..........why don't you separate the ood from dog?

    September 22, 2008 03:18 pm at 3:18 pm |
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