Republican vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin’s Yahoo mail account was hacked Wednesday and her emails published at Wikileaks, divulging inconsequential personal messages since she was selected as John McCain’s running mate. The McCain camp considered it an invasion of privacy and a violation of law. According to a statement, they have turned the matter over to authorities and hoped that those in possession of the emails would destroy them. Yeah, right.
One of the emails that was revealed was an exchange in July with Alaska Lieutenant Governor Sean Parnell discussing a talk show host who had been critical of Parnell. Parnell declined to discuss the matter. While another was a personal email of support from McCorkell, appointee of Palin to an advisory board on issues involving alcohol and drug abuse.
The disclosure raises issues about the propriety of the Palin administration’s use of non-government email accounts to conduct state business. Prior to her selection as vice presidential candidate, critics obtained internal emails showing that it was practiced by some aides.
It was unclear how hackers broke into Palin’s Yahoo! account, but it was possible that a hacker sent a forged e-mail to her account tricking her into revealing her own password.