Alaska government to release Palin emails
June 1st, 2011
11:48 AM ET
11 years ago

Alaska government to release Palin emails

(CNN) - The Alaska governor’s office is set to release more than 24,000 pages of records relating to Sarah Palin’s term as governor. Requests from media organizations for the documents stem as far back as the 2008 campaign.

Members of the media, including CNN, were informed Tuesday evening in an email from the governor’s office that the release would occur soon. The notification said some of the documents will be redacted and others will be withheld due to several legal privileges that are permissible under the state’s disclosure law, including attorney-client and some executive deliberations.

What will be made public are Palin’s emails dealing with state business—using both her official account as well as private accounts. After the media and others made freedom of information requests in 2008, a search was done “in an effort to capture everything in the state email system” that would comply with the request, Linda Perez, the administrative director for current Gov. Sean Parnell said. Then lawyers within the state Department of Law recommended what should be released and what should be withheld under state requirements, and the final decision was made by the governor’s offce, Perez said.

She said 2,275 pages are not being released.

The original requests for these papers came in 2008 shortly-after Palin was tapped to be Sen. John McCain’s running mate, and there was intense interest in her governorship, including several controversies related to her tenure.

Because of the volume of records and the number of copies that need to be made, the governor’s office hopes the documents will be released by next week.

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  1. Joe citizen abroad

    There goes that lamestream media again, wanting facts and information and documentation and all that nonsense. Why won't they just settle for a wink, a smile, and a sound bite?

    June 1, 2011 02:28 pm at 2:28 pm |
  2. MJ

    Let's be fair about this. We should demand all E-Mail Records of every politician in office for the last 3 years. I'm sure we would learn a lot. Gosh – Maybe a few more photos of our elected elite in their undies? That should keep the press burning.

    June 1, 2011 02:29 pm at 2:29 pm |
  3. jim in indy

    I bet there are lots of typos

    June 1, 2011 02:31 pm at 2:31 pm |
  4. George

    Yes, this is all just a plot against the ex-governor Sarah by the "anybody but Fox" media...... how could anyone ever accuse her of doing anything exploitive for her own gain?
    So what if she averaged about 30 emails a day for the barely over 2 years she was governor, doesn't everyone send that many emails?

    June 1, 2011 02:31 pm at 2:31 pm |
  5. Brad

    What's the old addage.........dumb like a fox. The haters are just jealous that they aren't able to command such attention. If her "power" wasn't credible CNN and the rest of the Kool Aid drinkers wouldn't care what she does. All you bashers are the ones who look silly and stupid....................

    June 1, 2011 02:36 pm at 2:36 pm |
  6. Larry

    Betcha there are a lot of smiley faces in them.

    June 1, 2011 02:39 pm at 2:39 pm |
  7. Debbie

    Why does the media waste time and space on Palin? She's worse than Trump. Self seeking, egotistical. She's a witch. Running around America bewitching people. Don't you think its odd that she is separating the Republican Party? Isn't it odd that she can't find her place in the conservative, moderate or liberal sides of a party. Or even independent. So this whole tea party thing is anti government? I think its unamerican. Ok what do they have to offer. All I ever here is what Obama or the Democrats aren't doing. I never here any solutions from them. They rant and rave. Between the 2 of them, Palin and Bauchman, there is maybe a 9th grade education level. Obama nor the media will have to say much about her. She speaks for herself. She talks loud and says nothing. Nothing worth listening to anyway.

    June 1, 2011 02:40 pm at 2:40 pm |
  8. Liberal in Wyoming

    Fear, Scotty...really? The only thing fearful about Palin is the dimwit kool-aid drinkers that follow her as if she is something special instead of the ignorant Caribou Barbie that she really is. She doesn't strike fear anywhere, she could never win. I hope she does run for the entertainment factor. I want to see her dodge all questions and only discuss the same old, same old that she has been regurgitating for the past 2 1/2 years.

    June 1, 2011 02:41 pm at 2:41 pm |
  9. Expat American

    Anyone that strikes this much fear in the left has got to be doing something right. I can't wait to see how this all plays out.
    So you believe it’s only the ‘Left’ who ‘fear’ Palin? There are many Republicans more intelligent and accomplished than yourself who feel that same ‘fear’. What do you say to them?

    This isn’t some high school pep rally. Yet, at the very least, Palin does seem to put things into a context that people like yourself can understand; if only out of childish ignorant spite

    June 1, 2011 02:41 pm at 2:41 pm |
  10. Brendan H., San Antonio, TX

    Sarah, darling, did you pay the retainer?

    June 1, 2011 02:41 pm at 2:41 pm |
  11. Peter

    Amused by accusations that "the left" is "scared out of their wits" about Palin running. As if this lightweight TV star who admitted that she does not read, didn't know what the Bush Doctrine was and couldn't refer to a single Supreme Court case by name, and whose popularity scores–even among Republicans–is in the toilet, poses a threat. No, I think many on the left (and right) are astonished that this superficial media star with a paper-thin degree and virtually no legal knowledge is fit to be President!

    June 1, 2011 02:44 pm at 2:44 pm |
  12. Marley

    This has nothing to do with the "media protecting Obama". Smart people know Sarah Palin is a vain, vindictive, and evil person who only cares about making lots of money for herself. Once Giffords recovers and returns to work, Palin will be back to trying to defend her role in the shooting.

    June 1, 2011 02:46 pm at 2:46 pm |
  13. cricket

    in response to MJ: How is the media protecting Obama? They rip him and they rip Palin. What Palin is doing is playing the mainstream media against each other. BECAUSE SHE COULD NOT ANSWER 1 QUESTION FROM KATIE COURIC, IT IS EVERYONE'S FAULT. open your mind and think. Don;t blame other because she had a brain fart at the wrong time. (definition of brain fart is when you forget something basic in the moment)

    June 1, 2011 02:47 pm at 2:47 pm |
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