Sep 17 2008

Sarah Palin’s inbox on Wikileaks

Published by at 8:47 am under Government

I don’t expect a Governor to be internet-savvy, but this is ridiculous:  Palin’s Yahoo inbox was compromised and the entire contents were uploaded to There’s accusations that she was using this email address to bypass transparency laws included in the Wikileaks story and the sample email given is a good example of this.  If this really is Governor Palin’s mailbox that is.   

So we’ve got a Presidential candidate who admits to not knowing enough about computers to send an email, and a Vice-Presidential candidate who doesn’t know enough about security to keep her own mailbox safe.  This does not bode well for the future of computing in the US.  If this is real, the Democrats are going to be all over it.

Update:  Wired has verified at least one of the emails on the Wikileaks site.

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9 responses so far

9 Responses to “Sarah Palin’s inbox on Wikileaks”

  1. alan shimelon 17 Sep 2008 at 12:58 pm

    Oh Martin – It could happen to anyone 😉

  2. Martinon 17 Sep 2008 at 1:21 pm


    I know, I have one or two friends who’ve had similar embarrassing incidents happen to them 😉 . My problem with this incident is two-fold:

    1) The hackers shouldn’t be poking their noses in other people’s mailboxes. If they have an accusation, it should go through the system, hacking her mailbox isn’t the answer.

    2) If Palin was working legitimately, there should be nothing in her Yahoo mailbox that would be embarrassing or incriminating, at least directly related to her job. But even with the couple of emails we’ve seen, it’s pretty obvious that she was trying to avoid her duty to make her emails part of public record.

    I just wonder what else is going to come out of this email archive and how much Palin is sweating right now?


  3. LaurenFon 17 Sep 2008 at 1:36 pm

    I’m still doubting some of these emails. Regardless, in a week that is highlighting actual issues about the economy, this is terrible. The media will jump on this and it’s gonna be lipstick on a pig for another week straight. Thanks, hacktivists. Your candidate can win, let him focus on the issues.

    McCain’s VP selection process:

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  5. mgpon 17 Sep 2008 at 4:06 pm

    Someone on ZDNet had a good reason why she shouldn’t be using Yahoo. Because, even if she has nothing to hide, she may have been conducting business that shouldn’t be exposed all over the internet. She took that business outside of whatever protections the IT Dept of The State of Alaska provided. The official business does NOT belong on Yahoo’s servers where Yahoo employees can access it. Regardless of whether her intentions were suspect or not, her use of a non-official channel to conduct official business displays VERY poor judgement.

  6. Bill Grosson 17 Sep 2008 at 7:24 pm

    I wonder, how hard would it be for someone to fake an email, given full control over the email box, and the computer taking the screen shots?

    Is it possible that this is staged?

    Could we be jumping to conclusions assuming truth in evidence that might be easily falsified?


  7. Martinon 17 Sep 2008 at 7:53 pm

    Given that McCain is basically calling for the heads of the people responsible, I think we can safely assume this is the real deal.

  8. joeon 17 Sep 2008 at 8:56 pm

    Well, he COULD be calling for the heads if it was a fake, just to get people to feel sorry for Palin.

    As to hiding emails being politically damaging, if that were the case, President GWB still hasn’t released a few thousand or so, despite it being in direct violation of the law.

  9. laundrymanon 17 Sep 2008 at 9:45 pm

    I can’t wait to hear what Rush Limburger and all the other shock jocks have to say about this one. Will they come to their heroine’s defence? Express outrage about the individual’s right to privacy in a free and fair America?

    No doubt they’ll weave in the outrageous anarchism and thuggery of recent mob action in Alaska – timed for Sarah’s homecoming:

    “In Alaska at the weekend, a Welcome Home rally for Mrs Palin was dwarfed by a demonstration organised by Alaska Women Reject Palin, which was held on the lawn of a downtown Anchorage library.”

    Rush and those like him seem to revel in rumour and innuendo. I’m dying to hear about what they see hanging on the line – Anything but Sarah Palin’s dirty laundry, I’ll guess.

    Could this shocking transgression of public privacy be the leak that causes the implosion?

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