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Governor Palin’s E-Mail Account Hacked

By Wyatt Earp | September 18, 2008

<i>The Hacker is wanted for questioning.</i>

The Hacker is wanted for questioning.

And only 25% of those polled on Daily Kooks condemned the crime. Go figure. I know I have sworn off linking stories from the Associated Press, but I had to post this one. You’ll see why at the end of the post.

WASHINGTON - Hackers broke into the Yahoo! e-mail account that Republican vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin used for official business as Alaska’s governor, revealing as evidence a few inconsequential personal messages she has received since John McCain selected her as his running mate.

“This is a shocking invasion of the governor’s privacy and a violation of law. The matter has been turned over to the appropriate authorities and we hope that anyone in possession of these e-mails will destroy them,” the McCain campaign said in a statement.

The Secret Service contacted The Associated Press on Wednesday and asked for copies of the leaked e-mails, which circulated widely on the Internet.

The most astonishing part of this story is not necessarily the offense itself, but the ignorant response of the press:

The AP did not comply. ()

Lovely. So, the Associated Press won’t give up evidence in a federal felony case! Do you think that the AP would comply if Barack Obama’s e-mail account was hacked? You bet your ass they would.

UPDATE: The FBI and the Secret Service have contacted David Kernell in connection with the incident. Apparently, they have evidence that he is the alleged hacker. Oh, and you’ll never guess who his father is: Tennessee State Representative Mike Kernell, a Memphis Democrat. (H/T - Ace of Spades)

I am shocked and appalled.

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9 Responses to “Governor Palin’s E-Mail Account Hacked”

  1. Bloviating Zeppelin Says:
    September 18th, 2008 at 1:58 pm

    More pointedly, however, is THIS question:

    -Were the reverse true, Obama’s e-mails were compromised, would the AP still hold its mud and refuse?


  2. USA_Admiral Says:
    September 18th, 2008 at 3:14 pm

    The lines are drawn and She is on the wrong side. They are a free media outlet for Obama.

  3. leoni2 Says:
    September 18th, 2008 at 4:49 pm

    Gee, real nice way to show how much you respect the law, eh, AP? I’m wondering if they had some involvement in it? I’m just sayin’!!!

  4. RT Says:
    September 18th, 2008 at 5:07 pm

    Where is ?

  5. RT Says:
    September 18th, 2008 at 6:46 pm

    You might find THIS interesting. A Tennessee state rep’s son is of interest of some sort for possible involvement.

  6. Old NFO Says:
    September 18th, 2008 at 8:02 pm

    And this is really a surprise to any of us??? I think not…

  7. grimjack Says:
    September 18th, 2008 at 10:37 pm

    THe Secret Service needed to get this stuff from the AP? How lame are they? Shouldn’t they be competent enough to get it off the internet like everyone else?

  8. USA_Admiral Says:
    September 19th, 2008 at 9:17 am

    Grimjack, I thought you were supposed to help law enforcement when a crime was committed?

  9. grimjack Says:
    September 19th, 2008 at 12:43 pm

    Helping is fine Admiral, but you are missing the point. It is the Secret Service we are talking about. Don’t you think they should have greater capabilities then the AP? Also, why not just do an administrative subpoena? It helps make the evidence admissible in court later, and indemnifies the AP against lawsuits?