April 23rd, 2010
02:02 PM ET
12 years ago

Palin testifies in hacking case

[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2010/images/04/23/art.getty.palin.jpg caption="Sarah Palin took the stand for about an hour Friday morning in the Knoxville, Tennessee, trial of a man accused of hacking her e-mail, a manager in the court clerk's office said."](CNN) - Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin testified that she did not realize anyone had hacked her Yahoo e-mail account during the 2008 presidential campaign until it was reported in the news media, CNN affiliate WATE reported Friday.

The GOP's 2008 vice-presidential nominee took the stand for about an hour Friday morning in the Knoxville, Tennessee, trial of a man accused of hacking her e-mail, a manager in the court clerk's office said.

The prosecution is presenting its case against David Kernell, 22, who is charged with felony identity theft, wire fraud, intentionally accessing Palin's e-mail account without authorization and obstructing an FBI investigation.

Kernell, who was a University of Tennessee student, has pleaded not guilty. He is the son of state Rep. Mike Kernell, a Democrat who has served in the Tennessee House for more than 30 years.

Palin told jurors that her life and the campaign were disrupted when the hacked e-mails were published, WATE reported.

It took several days for her to deal with media questions after her personal photographs and contacts were posted on the internet, she testified.

She closed her Yahoo e-mail account and her children gave their cell phones up to Secret Service agents, she said, according to WATE.

Prosecutors say Kernell accessed Palin's e-mail by resetting the password. He then allegedly read the contents and made screenshots of the
e-mail directory and other personal information, according to a federal indictment.

"The personal information included, and was not limited to, other e-mail addresses of family members, pictures of family members, at least one cell phone number of a family member, the dates of birth of Governor Palin and another family member, and Governor Palin's address book," the indictment says.

The screenshots were posted on a public website, and Kernell is alleged to also have posted the newly created password on that site, allowing others to access Palin's e-mail account, it says.

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soundoff (39 Responses)
  1. idesign

    *****Sarah Rules*****

    April 23, 2010 02:08 pm at 2:08 pm |
  2. Dave

    I wonder if Caribou Barbie wrote the text of her testimony on her hand...

    April 23, 2010 02:12 pm at 2:12 pm |
  3. Why did McCain put this woman in the spot light?

    Sooooooooooooooooooooo What!!!!

    April 23, 2010 02:14 pm at 2:14 pm |
  4. moth2

    this comment goes for the other one as well, Brown and Mitt and Palin, as far as i am concerned the country can do without the three of them and would be better off. Mitt is still looking for a free ride and can't seem to do anything right. Brown has no clue who he is or what he wants. Palin, well we do not need another stand up comedian who thinks she is doing politics. I would say goodbye to all 3

    April 23, 2010 02:18 pm at 2:18 pm |
  5. Hongli

    Sarh Palin is an "IDIOT". I doubt it that she knows how to use the computer. That the reason her husband was always around her while she was in office.

    April 23, 2010 02:20 pm at 2:20 pm |
  6. Shirley

    In the issue of the man hacking Sarah Palin's email:
    I feel he should get a years probation, community service and
    some sort of monetary payment.
    Agreeably, hacking is serious and should be taken as such.
    It has happened in my family and to friends. But, to put some-
    one in jail (because it was Sarah Palin ?) . Don't think so.

    April 23, 2010 02:23 pm at 2:23 pm |
  7. Mike

    I hope they put this demorat brat under the jail. How would you feel if someone illegally hacked your personal computer and stole personal information. Would not be fun would it, buy you panty wearing weenie tinkle down your legs liberals will not see it that way.

    April 23, 2010 02:24 pm at 2:24 pm |
  8. Corporate Master

    Palin is a Nincompoop!

    The Corporate Masters say, \"Shut up & get back to work SLAVES!\"...

    Lazy Corporate Slaves will be farmed out, No McSlave Burgers, No Slave Wages, No Slave Fun, No Mc-Internet, No Mc-Vote, No Mc- Rights, etc…

    All Wall Street Hating Corporate Slaves are to turn themselves over to the McSlave Camp for Re-Educating.

    No More Regulation of Wall Street talk, it's bad, makes all the Corporate Masters Very Angry!

    You Stupid Corporate Slaves will never learn…

    You can't win the GAME [Wall Street] when it's rigged!


    Break Time Over… Get Back to WORK Slaves!

    P.S. The Corporate Masters are ANGRY at Palin, she is not kicking back some of the BIG $$$ she is pulling down as the Idiot Stooge Mouth Piece of the GOP/Tea Party. This is your final warning Palin-ista or back to woods with you where you belong!

    P.S.S. The Corporate Masters want to know what is the deal with Palin's look of the stoned bug eyed lack of intelligence of a deer caught in the head lights look on her face?

    Submit your responses to The Corporate Masters.

    NOW Get Back To Work!

    April 23, 2010 02:27 pm at 2:27 pm |
  9. Anonymous

    it will be amusing to hear the lefties defend a guy charged with a felony, while bashing Palin....ready wingnuts?? 3-2-1 GO!!

    April 23, 2010 02:27 pm at 2:27 pm |
  10. Sniffit

    What he did isn't "hacking." It was just a clever end-around to sneak into her account.

    April 23, 2010 02:27 pm at 2:27 pm |
  11. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    Oh for Pete's sakes! How is it that we can move with lightning speed to indict a young man whose only crime was hacking into this hack's petty diatribes on her e-mail, yet we can't seem to bring Darth Vader, and his Wall Street cronies to trial for their crimes against humanity and the United States?

    Additionally, it was never made clear if in her ONE HOUR testimony she was able to ANSWER any of the UNSCRIPTED questions posed to her on the stand. After all she's only got TWO HANDS!!

    April 23, 2010 02:28 pm at 2:28 pm |
  12. tim

    There is something both deeply ironic and inspiring about a hack actually "getting hacked".

    Assuming that palin made somewhere in the vicinity of 15 million dollars last year can't she just disappear to her own island now ? Perfect for the reality show her followers deserve to watch 24/7.

    That's DISAPPEAR (Webster's)–"to pass from view: to pass out of notice".

    In a punctual way of speaking, Sister, Goodbye!

    April 23, 2010 02:33 pm at 2:33 pm |
  13. idesign

    Palin has told the procecutors that 50 years is of course to long of a sentence.She's been far kinder to this little jerk than I would be if he broke into my email and gave out my daughters phone number for nutjobs to call her.

    April 23, 2010 02:36 pm at 2:36 pm |
  14. Anonymous

    Isn't funny how everytime you hear this womans name their is some kind of investigtion linked to her. She is so misunderstood .lol

    April 23, 2010 02:37 pm at 2:37 pm |
  15. Independant Voter

    Why was she even at this trial? Nothing she can say would prove this kids guilt or innocence.

    April 23, 2010 02:38 pm at 2:38 pm |
  16. Susie

    Did she actually swear to tell the truth?

    April 23, 2010 02:38 pm at 2:38 pm |
  17. tstorm

    Wow! You mean Sen. Brown didn't want to wear his "I'm with stupid" t-shirt when attending Palin events???

    April 23, 2010 02:40 pm at 2:40 pm |
  18. idesign

    Once more, We hear from the liberal voices of tolerance and inclusion, don't ya just love the diversity and acceptance..........

    April 23, 2010 02:41 pm at 2:41 pm |
  19. Ken in NC

    I can see her now on the stand just "winking" and responding to a question saying, "You betcha". I hope she does not have to look to her hands for help answering a question. LOL

    April 23, 2010 02:51 pm at 2:51 pm |
  20. art in kingwood

    The idiot who hacked her is the son of an Obamist. He deserves any jail time he gets. If there is justice in the universe Mr. Obama would be sharing a jail cell with him for a decade or so in a Federal prison.

    April 23, 2010 02:54 pm at 2:54 pm |
  21. Palin Power

    This hacker will feel the full wrath of GOD herself emanating from Sarah Palin. Sarah Palin is on her inevitable ascension to the Oval Office in 2012.

    April 23, 2010 02:54 pm at 2:54 pm |
  22. Jeff Brown in Jersey

    Knoxville is so lovely! Why not stay there?

    April 23, 2010 03:00 pm at 3:00 pm |
  23. jeff jackson, alabama

    This guy has a democratic state representative for
    a father. Smacks of Watergate to me. I'll bet he gets
    off with less punishment than if one of us got a D.U.I.
    And with a democratic state rep. for a father you'll
    see sooo much less press on this than if he was
    a Republican.

    April 23, 2010 03:01 pm at 3:01 pm |
  24. GI Joe

    Spill Baby Spill – going on in Gulf of Mexico right now.

    She's a lamebrain idiot that doesn't even know enough to keep a password from being found out by a student.

    Hope her Karma gets her soon.

    April 23, 2010 03:03 pm at 3:03 pm |
  25. Billy

    Under oath Palin admitted she thought hacking was that someone had coughed on her cell phone.

    April 23, 2010 03:13 pm at 3:13 pm |
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