[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2009/POLITICS/07/06/sarah.palin.fbi/art.sarah.palin.gi.jpg caption="Alaska's Sarah Palin is stepping down as governor at the end of the month."] (CNN) - The FBI, in a rare response to rampant rumors on the Internet, said it is not investigating Alaska Gov. Sara Palin on public corruption charges.
"Normally, we don't confirm or deny those kind of allegations out there. But, by not doing so, it just casts her in a very bad light," said FBI Special Agent Eric Gonzalez, who confirmed for CNN the statement he made to the Anchorage Daily News. "There is just no truth to those rumors out there in the blogosphere."
Gonzalez told the Los Angeles Times that there was "no wiggle room" in his comments for any kind of inquiry.
The speculation began almost immediately after Palin's unexpected announcement on Friday that she would step down as Alaska's chief executive with 18 months left in her term.