Romney campaign acknowledges investigation into email hacking
June 5th, 2012
07:48 PM ET
10 years ago

Romney campaign acknowledges investigation into email hacking

(CNN) - Mitt Romney's presidential campaign on Tuesday acknowledged an investigation into the hacking of an old email account which has was identified as belonging to the former governor by documents published by The Wall Street Journal.

"The proper authorities are investigating this crime and we will have no further comment on it," Romney campaign communications director Gail Gitcho said in an e-mailed statement.

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The website Gawker said Tuesday afternoon that it had received a password to a Hotmail email account which was identified in emails published by the Journal as Romney's, dating to back to his days as governor of Massachusetts.

A post on the website said the account password was emailed to them, and they did not log in to the email account.

Romney has been known to guard his electronic footprint closely, as he and aides purchased work computers on their way out of the governor's office in 2007.

- CNN National Political Correspondent Jim Acosta contributed to this report

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Filed under: 2012 • Mitt Romney
soundoff (12 Responses)
  1. enuff

    What's he hiding?

    June 5, 2012 07:57 pm at 7:57 pm |
  2. Thomas

    Romney is a victim ?

    June 5, 2012 08:07 pm at 8:07 pm |
  3. george of the jungle

    covering his tracks like the crook he is.

    June 5, 2012 08:08 pm at 8:08 pm |
  4. T'sah from Virginia

    Maybe the hacker was looking for all of those documents and emails that were destroyed when R-Money erased and killed all of those computer hard drives when he left office as governor.

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    June 5, 2012 08:40 pm at 8:40 pm |
  5. Blindersoff

    Is this a norm for the exiting Governor to take or purchase computer hard drives? What are they trying to hide?

    June 5, 2012 08:51 pm at 8:51 pm |
  6. Max


    What I cannot really understand is why Romney had was to purchase and take the computers with him when he was leaving the Governor's Mansion in Massachusetts. Doesn't this obviously create some suspicion? Isn't this strange???

    June 5, 2012 09:12 pm at 9:12 pm |
  7. The Contentious Otter

    The Wall Street Journal is owned by Rupert Murdoch. Murdoch was just investigated in the UK for phone and e-mail hacking. This story makes it very hard for the Murdoch clan to claim that phone and e-mail hacking practices didn't permeate their US properties. Newscorp may find Republican politicians are reluctant to protect the FOX News machine when those same politicians are getting their personal accounts hacked.

    June 5, 2012 09:17 pm at 9:17 pm |
  8. Ann

    Anybody trust Mitt?

    June 5, 2012 09:22 pm at 9:22 pm |
  9. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    Mittens purged all files, so I doubt that any off shore account numbers were stolen.

    June 5, 2012 09:46 pm at 9:46 pm |
  10. Factotum

    I can't imagine some going to such extreme only to embarrass themselves more, its sad when you don't have anything to run on.

    June 5, 2012 10:56 pm at 10:56 pm |
  11. dubya

    Romneys emails will cost the election

    June 6, 2012 05:41 am at 5:41 am |
  12. Toluene

    Hi,it is great that most of us naw known good from bad.

    June 6, 2012 06:04 am at 6:04 am |