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. Tammy - KCMO

    The democrats are desperate. They will do any thing illegally to win.
    Republicans – voting irregularities in FL (and probably this year as well)
    Republicans – Palin refusing to cooperate on troopergate as well as the people subpeoned.
    How many Republicans have been caught playing footsie with underage pages and in airport bathrooms?
    Republicans – above the law – torture, using outside email addresses to circumvent the law
    Republicans – no bid contracts to the likes of Haliburton
    Republicans – Keating 5

    Need we say more?

    September 22, 2008 03:19 pm at 3:19 pm |
  2. No Palin!

    She got what she deserved! You do not sent offcial government business from a yahoo account period!

    September 22, 2008 03:19 pm at 3:19 pm |
  3. Mem

    That's not as shocking as the crimes and lies of Palin. Maybe if she wasn't such a liar and didn't try to hide everything people wouldn't be hacking her email.

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

    It breaking the law when you are subpoenaed, but refuse to testify.

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

    It's breaking the law when you are subpoenaed, but refuse to testify.

    September 22, 2008 03:20 pm at 3:20 pm |
  6. Frank

    Is Yahoo the official email account for the government in Alaska ???

    September 22, 2008 03:20 pm at 3:20 pm |
  7. Waterford Diarist

    Left wing lies and criminal activity – and the all-so-typical accusation that it is the victim's fault. Come on, Obama, say "I am not a crook" and wave a "V for Victory" in the air. You're not JFK, you're Nixon.

    September 22, 2008 03:20 pm at 3:20 pm |
  8. Faye

    I bet is this happened to Obama or his wife they would be raked over the coals if not worse!

    September 22, 2008 03:20 pm at 3:20 pm |
  9. Cynthia

    I am not saying that hacking is the right thing to do because it is against the law. Palin should have never had official Alaska government business on her personal e-mail in the first place. It appears that she was trying to escape public & government scruinity by using her personal e-mail address. So, as the old adage goes – what's done is the dark will come to the light.

    September 22, 2008 03:20 pm at 3:20 pm |
  10. N.S of Huntsville, Al

    why are you ignorant republicans blaming the democratic party for this yougn guy? That sounds dumm, because if thats the case you guys shouldn't stop hating Bush that's inoffice right now he has done alot worse then hack into out computers, he has hacked into our pockets.(MONEY) So get over it, and start bloging in regards to your dady BUSH, your candaite McCains flunkie and sidekick.

    NO WAY NO McCAIn NOY WAY IN HELL PALIN!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    September 22, 2008 03:21 pm at 3:21 pm |
  11. Proud to be American

    Palin should have more sense then to use Yahoo for official business ... give me a break. Hello McBush supporters do you want VP or a heart beat away from being P Palin to put national security information on Yahoo? Yes young folks like to hack systems, it is wrong but they do it just the same... a Yahoo account is just a joke ... a minor challenge for some of the smart young ones hence, Palin should have more sense then to use Yahoo.... now she is not wise enough to not put official Gov information on Yahoo do you seriously think she has the intellect to be our VP of USA? give me a break!!!!

    Obama and Biden 2008

    September 22, 2008 03:21 pm at 3:21 pm |
  12. Sigh

    Heck, the republican powers that be have been reading our e-mail for 7 years. So some kid turned the tables. Sucks to have your rights trampled.

    September 22, 2008 03:21 pm at 3:21 pm |
  13. Vision

    Are there any truly intelligent individuals who comment on this blog?

    September 22, 2008 03:21 pm at 3:21 pm |
  14. rm

    If Sarah and Todd can ignore subpeona's, they should leave this boy alone. It's a wash.....

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

    now they(REPUBLICANS) are getting desperate. palin will soon get caught pants down.


    September 22, 2008 03:23 pm at 3:23 pm |



    Yes, you bet, I will vote for an honest Black Man!!! Who cares about
    our country.

    Obama Biden 2008

    This race is about to get nastier by the minute. Coming from The
    Republicans. And "testing" Obama to slip up "defending himself"
    It will happen. Then McCain will laugh and call Obama "testy."

    September 22, 2008 03:23 pm at 3:23 pm |
  17. McCain Bill1991 RNCorupt's are so funny...yeah Obama did it Obama did it...oh boy you are getting more desperate each day

    September 22, 2008 03:23 pm at 3:23 pm |
  18. Independent FL voter


    I pick #2.

    If the emails were totally innocent and open to public scrutiny anyway, why is the FBI involved? Do you think the FBI would be investigating if this happened to you? I promise you they wouldn't–I can't even get the local cops to investigate who broke into my car recently.

    Perhaps the bigger question is, would you, or anyone else running for the second-highest office in the land be STUPID enough to conduct government business on a Yahoo email account?

    And the biggest question of all, how many people will be stupid enough to vote for a ticket that includes such a moron?

    September 22, 2008 03:24 pm at 3:24 pm |
  19. keepitreal50

    If Palin wasn't doing something she shouldn't have been doing (using her private e-mail account to hide state business) then it most likely wouldn't have happened. She is obviously hiding something and she has drawn unwanted attention to herself. She may be living in a virtual cloud of law suits by the end of this ordeal. Palin is lying to the public straight faced and that's all there is to it. Fortunately Obama will be our next POTUS so we can at least breath easy that she won't get her corrupt finger near THE BUTTON.

    September 22, 2008 03:25 pm at 3:25 pm |
  20. Maureen / Calif.

    Our tax dollars have to pay for this "Huge E-Mail Bust"! All because Palin is to stupid to realize that a Yahoo account might not be as secure as her govermnent account. Get a clue prom queen!!

    September 22, 2008 03:27 pm at 3:27 pm |
  21. Karl42

    Exactly, she's just dumb.

    Hillary Democrat, if you really feel that the McCain/Palin ticket is any closer to what you believe in than Obama, then I feel sorry for you if you drive a car - imagine not knowing the difference between a right turn and a left turn!

    September 22, 2008 03:28 pm at 3:28 pm |
  22. Marie

    I'm ashamed I was a Democrat for 30 years. This hate filled campaign run by Obama, the underhanded tricks he uses while spouting hope and change is disgusting. His constant demeaning of women and the horrible way he played the race card to destroy the Clintons turned me off my party to the point that I would never consider voting for this man. Now all his pathetic supproters will say I was never a Democrat, well I volunteered, I donated and I always vote, so keep your uninformed opinions to yourselves. I love how you always explain to everyone how smart you are in your posts, to bad all the spelling mistakes say otherwise. If one of you could tell me one thing that Obama accomplished in the Senate, I would be amazed. You can't because there is nothing, oh maybe the record for the most time missed is something you think he should be proud of.

    September 22, 2008 03:28 pm at 3:28 pm |
  23. wait a minute

    Nobody is turning anybody in. There is usually an electronic trail for the hacking. Let's be patient...

    September 22, 2008 03:30 pm at 3:30 pm |
  24. milo

    "Palin did NOT use her yahoo e-mail for Alaska Government business."

    She absolutely did. Her staff admitted to it weeks ago, before the hack, and there is evidence of it from emails obtained legally by investigations.

    September 22, 2008 03:30 pm at 3:30 pm |
  25. proud army and navy mom

    Fella from Chicago,

    Can you be more idiotic? What did Palin's 17 year old daughter get behaving like a ho, from mom or dad?

    September 22, 2008 03:32 pm at 3:32 pm |
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