By Kim Zetter
November 18, 2009
Never mind the disastrous interview with Katie Couric or the blank
stares in response to Charlie Gibson's question about the Bush Doctrine.
Former vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin calls the hacking of her
Yahoo e-mail account "the most disruptive and discouraging" incident in
last year's presidential campaign.
Writing in her new book, Going Rogue: An American Life, Palin says the
intrusion into her personal e-mail account in September 2008 "created
paralysis" in her administration, because it cut off easy communication
with her "Alaska staff." Presumably, this refers to her staff in the
governor's office, which would seem to be an acknowledgment that the
personal account was used to conduct critical state work, as alleged in
an activist's lawsuit last year.
Threat Level broke the story in September 2008 that someone using the
name "Rubico" had obtained access to Palin's Yahoo e-mail account and
posted photos -- including two pictures of her children -- and five
screen shots of e-mail messages on the whistleblower site WikiLeaks.
Bloggers traced "Rubico" to a 20-year-old Tennessee college student
named David Kernell, whose father is a Democratic state legislator.
Kernell is now free on bail awaiting trial for the hack, scheduled for
Palin writes in her book that she was sitting in a Michigan hotel room
with her husband Todd when she learned about the intrusion on TV. Just
then Steve Schmidt, John McCain's campaign manager, walked in to confirm
what she'd just seen on the news.
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