Call it amoral or disgusting, perhaps even illegal, but thanks to a group of hackers the public can peak behind the curtain of GOP vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin.
On Wednesday, the group Anonymous, known best for their hatred of Scientology, hacked into Palin’s personal Yahoo e-mail accounts and then posted her password onto the Web. By day’s end, the email account was deleted; however, Gawker.com managed to salvage some screen shots and her contact list.
I’m not going to post any of the e-mails here; it feels a tad slimy.
Nevertheless, here are some observations and presumptions about the governor’s personal writing style, based on one email she wrote in July.
• Palin likes the ellipses—she used it twice in one email burst—but fails to use them according to AP style;
• Palin capitalizes words for emphasis. You KNOW what I mean?
• Palin correctly applies the apostrophe to plural nouns;
• Palin likes parenthetical statements;
• Palin seems to enjoy onomatopoeias (for example, “Arghhh”).
Read the email at Gawker here. The Palin campaign failed to respond to a Ragan email for comment.
Her Yahoo email account drew attention this week after The New York Times reported Governor Palin and her staff in Alaska began using private email accounts to conduct state business. The reason for these private accounts, the Times reported, was to avoid subpoenas. Public officials' email accounts, the ones provided by their government agencies at least, are public record.
UPDATE: The Secret Service wants the Associated Press to turn over the leaked emails, which were already widely circulated on the Web; the AP refused. Editor & Publisher said that yesterday's incident illuminates the much larger issue of the Palin administration using private email accounts for state business. That may be true. But what about the ramifications on not only Web security, but also the frighteningly fast pace that information travels on the Web?