Friday, September 19, 2008

Palin E-mail hacker identified, maybe

MEMPHIS — State Rep. Mike Kernell declined Thursday to respond to online allegations that his son — a student at the University of Tennessee Knoxville — hacked into Republican vice presidential nominee Sarah Palin’s personal e-mail account.

“My son’s the one in question, and I can’t comment on him,” said Kernell, a Memphis Democrat.

Bloggers have alleged that David Kernell, 20, is the one who has claimed responsibility for breaking into the Alaska governor’s e-mail account.

The evidence is tenuous. In fact, one of the first blogs to allege that the son of a Democratic politician was responsible relied on e-mail tips and described its evidence as “pretty thin.”

On Wednesday, however, the FBI and Secret Service launched an investigation that includes agents in Memphis. C.M. Sturgis, a spokesman for the Memphis FBI branch, confirmed late Thursday that his office is involved.

“All I can say is that a matter was referred to us from the Anchorage, Alaska, office. An investigation at this time is being coordinated out of FBI headquarters in the Department of Justice,” Sturgis said.

Also Wednesday, a person using the e-mail address posted a message to an online forum about how he used Yahoo Mail’s password-recovery tool to obtain Palin’s password.

“I am the lurker who did it, and I would like to tell the story,” wrote on the Web site.

The hacker later explained how he reviewed Palin’s e-mail messages one by one: “I read though the emails … ALL OF THEM … before I posted, and what I concluded was anticlimactic, there was nothing there, nothing incriminating, nothing that would derail her campaign as I had hoped, all I saw was personal stuff, some clerical stuff from when she was governor. … And pictures of her family.”

First thing I would do is check the kid's bank account to see if there were any recent deposits from the DNC or the Obama campaign.

I'm not kidding. Barack Obama learned politics from Saul Alinsky's book Rules for Radicals, the first edition of which was dedicated to Satan -BTW. Therefore he views politics as a knife fight to the death in a sewer where the only rule is do whatever it takes to win.

He is entirely capable of ordering something like this.

Second I wonder why the kid posted the E-mails after he discovered that they were purely personal and contained nothing damaging to Governor Palin. If I hacked into Barack Obama's E-mail account and found that he was distributing child pornography I would shout it from the rooftops regardless of the personal cost but if all I found were family pictures and notes to his little girls I would not risk going to prison by posting them on the web.

The fact that he has a history of mental illness (otherwise known as a natural Democrat constituent) could explain much.