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September 17, 2008

Gawker’s got Sarah Palin’s personal e-mails

http://www.jewishjournal.com/blog/item/gawkers_got_sarah_palins_personal_e_mails_20080917/

Somebody hacked Sarah Palin’s personal e-mail account—from which she was inappropriately doing government business—and its contents are now circulating the Internet. The group Anonymous took credit for posting screenshots of e-mail messages and photos on Wikileaks. Wired.com’s Threat Level blog reports:

The cache of stolen data contains five screenshots from Palin’s account, including the text of an e-mail exchange with Alaska Lt. Gov. Sean Parnell about his campaign for Congress.

Another screenshot shows Palin’s inbox and a third shows the text of an e-mail from Amy McCorkell, whom Palin appointed to the Governor’s Advisory Board on Alcoholism and Drug Abuse in 2007.

The e-mail, a message of support to Palin, tells her not to let negative press get to her and asks Palin to pray for McCorkell, who writes that “I need strength to 1. keep employment, 2. not have to choose.”

Gawker, which appears to have gotten the story first, is absolutely blowing up right now. Aside from just how nuts it is that someone hacked the e-mail of such a high-profile figure, I don’t find the story all that interesting. The Web, though, is all a-twitter, which is where I heard the news. (Thanks, Jason Calacanis.) The McCain-Palin campaign had this to say:

“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 emails will destroy them. We will have no further comment.”

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