Wednesday, September 17, 2008

Palin's Email Account Hacked

Michelle Malkin has the details on the hacking of Sarah Palin's personal email account.

Look, her Alaska Government account is fair game, but her private email account is just that, private. Hacking it is a crime punishable by up to five years in prison and a pretty hefty fine.

Publication of private photos and the private email accounts of her family members is invasion of privacy. Sarah Palin is a public figure. Todd Palin could be described as a public figure (but I haven't seen him make any public appearances since the convention) and certainly the minor children of Sarah and Todd Palin are entitled to their privacy (despite what people may think otherwise).

That hackers did their crime is one thing, that people at Gawker Media think it is then fair game for the media cesspool is another. Sure, right now we don't know if Gawker did the hacking (and I, unlike Gawker, am willing to give them the benefit of hte doubt), but they knowingly published information gather in an illegal manner and there should be consequences.


Matthew K. Tabor said...

I've got to admit... I really don't know what to think of this. I'm not surprised that someone did it - we know what loonies on both sides are capable of - but I'm still stunned.

You're 100% right about Gawker's liability here. I just read The Ancoress's lengthy roundup and agree with her points, too:

It's not the most serious, damning fate ever to befall a politician, but for some reason this bothers me a lot.

Chus said...

This is what I think: Sarah Palin's E-Mail Hacked