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Sarah Palin's Email Hacked

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Uploaded on Sep 18, 2008

Several people have written to claim that because the hacker did not publish any business-related emails, this proves that Governor Palin did not use her Yahoo account for official government communications. Though their logic is flawed, it is entirely fair for them to ask for evidence that Palin and her administration are, in fact, guilty of the poor judgment and unprofessionalism mentioned in this video.

Ill start with a quote from Fox News - a source that is normally supportive of the McCain-Palin campaign: Palin has sometimes used private e-mail accounts to conduct state business. Previously disclosed e-mails indicate Palin embraced Yahoo accounts as an alternative to government e-mail, which could possibly be released to the public under Alaska's Open Records Act.
http://elections.foxnews.com/2008/10/...

Some emails from the governors official account (i.e., not her Yahoo accounts) have already been released under the Open Records Act. Various news sources have pointed out that many of these emails regarding official state business were copied to Todd Palins private Yahoo account. Heres a quote from the Washington Post: Todd Palin was frequently copied on e-mails relating to Alaska State Troopers and the union representing public safety employees, according to McLeod, who received four boxes of redacted e-mails in response to her request.
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/...

The Minneapolis Star reported the same thing on September 9.
http://www.startribune.com/politics/n...

The Toronto Star ran a similar story:
http://www.thestar.com/News/USElectio...

It is remarkable that as late as September 25, Sarah Palins lieutenant governor was quite open about the fact that her Yahoo account was the chief means of communicating with the governor while she was campaigning. Heres a quote from the Associated Press:

Even Palin's lieutenant governor, Sean Parnell, said keeping in touch has been difficult. And since hackers broke into Palin's Yahoo e-mail account last week, he said, it has dropped off entirely. Until she was hacked, we were communicating just about daily. Now I'm talking with her chief of staff, Parnell said.

http://ap.google.com/article/ALeqM5h9...

On September 15, The Seattle Times wrote: Palin routinely uses a private Yahoo e-mail account to conduct state business. Others in the governor's office sometimes use personal e-mail accounts, too.
http://seattletimes.nwsource.com/html...

CONCLUSION

There is no question that Governor Palin conducted government business on her poorly-secured Yahoo account, and to her credit, Governor Palin does not seem to be denying that she routinely used her Yahoo account for state business. Her own press secretary, Bill McAllister, said that she appropriately uses her personal Yahoo account for political activities.
http://seattletimes.nwsource.com/html...

The real issue for people like the Republican activist Andree McCloud, who has done much to bring this issue to light, is whether Governor Palin should be obliged to release these emails under Alaskas Open Records Act. And the issue for the rest of us, as we consider our choices in the upcoming election, is whether Governor Palin showed good sense and judgment in conducting government business through an unsecure email account housed on a server owned by Yahoo, a private corporation.

OCTOBER 10 UPDATE:

"The judge ordered the attorney general to contact Yahoo and other private carriers to preserve any e-mails sent and received on those accounts. If the e-mails were destroyed when the accounts were deactivated, he directed state officials to have the companies attempt to resurrect the e-mails. 'We shouldn't be in a position where public records have been lost because the governor didn't do what every other state employee knows to do, which is to use an official, secure state e-mail account to conduct state business,' McLeod said after the 90-minute hearing."

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2008/10...

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