Sarah Palin Emails Released

After a years-long delay, the state of Alaska released over 24,000 pages of emails from Sarah Palin’s half-term as Alaska governor on Friday.


After a years-long delay, the state of Alaska released over 24,000 pages of emails from Sarah Palin’s time as Alaska governor on Friday.


The emails were released as paper printouts to the media outlets that requested them, among them CBS News, which has a reporter in Juneau collecting boxes of emails. The six boxes of emails were in excess of 100 pounds; media outlets paid $725 each for access to them.


Journalists are now busy reviewing the emails, which includes emails from and to Palin and her staff, for nuggets of information from Palin’s roughly half-term as Alaska governor. A number of media outlets also had plans to scan the emails and make them available publicly, and some are asking readers to help review them. (It is not entirely clear why the state is not simply making the emails available electronically.) The first few pages have already appeared online; you can see them here or here


The emails were first requested back when Palin was the Republican vice presidential nominee. Multiple media outlets requested the documents, and the state lumped all the requests together. The release covers emails from the start of 2007 to September 2008 – most of Palin’s time as governor, though not all of it. (She served from December 2006 through the summer of 2009. The emails from the remainder of her tenure have been requested, but the state has not yet reviewed them.)


Alaska is supposed to respond to document requests within ten days, but they can ask for extensions, and they did so repeatedly when it came to the Palin emails, which were first requested in 2008. 


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The release does not represent a complete record of Palin’s email communications. For starters, the state of Alaska decided to redact information from some emails, and simply withhold others. (The state said it was withholding more than 2,000 pages out of executive privilege, attorney-client privilege and other concerns.) Reporters do not seem to have any way to judge whether the state’s decisions about redaction and withholding are justified; Palin’s former lieutenant governor, Sean Parnell, is now the state’s governor. 


In addition, Palin and her aides were known to use private email accounts, possibly to avoid some messages becoming public. The Associated Press reports that “Palin gave the state a CD with emails from her Yahoo account, and other employees were asked to review their private accounts for emails related to state business and to send those to their state accounts,” but it’s not clear what information from the private accounts, if any, will be included in the release. 


And Palin’s attorneys were given access to the emails before they were released publicly, though the state maintains it did not withhold or redact any emails as a result of their concerns.


On Sunday, Palin told Fox News, where she is a paid contributor, that the email release was not a problem for her, since her tenure had already been thoroughly examined. She added, however, that “a lot of those emails obviously weren’t meant for public consumption” and warned that some could be taken out of context. 

Palin’s political action committee welcomed the release.

“The thousands upon thousands of emails released today show a very engaged Gov. Sarah Palin being the CEO of her state,” said SarahPAC treasurer Tim Crawford. “The emails detail a governor hard at work. Everyone should read them.”


Among the controversies that could potentially be reignited thanks to the email release are the “Troopergate” saga concerning alleged pressure from the Palin family to fire a state trooper and Palin’s role in the creation.—123645219.html 


9 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. WakeUpAmerica
    Jun 10, 2011 @ 20:09:30

    Two important things have already come out – although we already suspected it. First, she required interview questions to be submitted early, other minions researched the answers and put them into a teleprompter, and Sarah read them in the interview. Second, she and her staff wrote letters to the editor praising her and had other people sign them. Those two things alone should put-off anyone who has been infatuated with her. However, she attracts the mentally ill, so probably no epiphanies coming down the pike.


    • Syrin
      Jun 10, 2011 @ 21:46:44

      Thank you for posting these two points. You and I see this as a sign that Palin is not competent. But, you’re totally correct, she attracts the mentally ill, so probably no epiphanies! After 2 1/2 years of sweeping the emails clean, what did we expect? I realized just today that I have nothing more to add to this ugly story or can I properly communicate with those who are mentally ill nor do I want to try. Because they’ve come out and made themselves known to me today!


  2. Aussie Blue Sky
    Jun 10, 2011 @ 22:01:03

    Hoooo boy, Syrin! I love the way they went after the ADN for allowing your comments.


    • Syrin
      Jun 10, 2011 @ 22:31:27

      ADN and it’s band of Palin guardians are still in place! They have NO journalistic integrity whatsoever! No desire to investigate or expose the truth! Some comments stayed, but most where deleted and I was banned 4 times! I kept coming back with a variation of Syrin, _Syrin __Syrin and AkSyrin


      • WakeUpAmerica
        Jun 11, 2011 @ 00:07:07

        I had the same thing happen. I wondered what was going on. That was back when I was a newbie.

    • climber357
      Jun 11, 2011 @ 11:39:51

      The ¨they¨ that went after the ADN was sarah and her staff.

      In Blind Allegiance (p233) Frank Bailey describes Syrin as ¨jabbing Sarah with her sharp stick.¨ That stick must really hurt, for ¨Sarah had to react. ´OK. dokay – enough is enough. I am calling ADN.´¨



  3. lbts
    Jun 11, 2011 @ 05:18:20

    We no longer have a competent press. The media no longer checks facts because they say they don’t have the time or money to do so. They have sold their souls for a few pieces of silver.

    What we have now is a news media that cuts and pastes (complete with grammatical errors) whatever story is “hot” somewhere else on the horizon. Surely, they reason, if it is hot somewhere else, it will be hot here, and all the while they could care less whether the information they’re publishing is true or not – and these days it often is not.

    We need a new press vehicle that will deliver truth instead of all this fictional drama the mainstream media insists on throwing at us. The blogosphere is helpful but disjointed at present, but hopefully something will spring from within it that we can all come to rely upon.

    (Sorry for the rant. The abdication of their responsibilities by the press is one of my pet peeves. Denying valid and reasonable reader comments like yours (by the ADN in this case) simply because such comments expose their shortcomings, is merely further proof that they have abandoned all of the principles and purposes that once made them great. I miss that.)


  4. Martha
    Jun 11, 2011 @ 11:10:41

    The thing is that these e-mails were requested when she was chosen by McCain for VP, a very common request by journalists because no one knew a thing about her.

    As it turned out, she was doing state business on PRIVATE accounts as well, 2 or 3 private accounts, to others in her administration’s PRIVATE accounts.

    This way the private accounts are not public record, which is why most states do not ALLOW the use of private accounts for state business.

    The ONLY way to acquire the e-mails was to search the proper state accounts of more than 50 persons and Palin herself.

    There are thousands MORE e-mails that will NEVER see the light of day, from these private accounts.

    THEN you have Palin who was still governor, and after she quit, her Lieutenant Governor, who became governor, and all the staff that had worked for Palin, stalling the release with ridiculous excuses, making redactions and in the end STILL withholding over 2 THOUSAND e-mails over 3 years later.

    It has taken longer to have these e-mails released than Palin served as governor!!

    THAT speaks volumes in itself, just because the “free press” wanted to get to know the VP candidate through what was supposed to be “public records”.

    Obviously Palin and her administration are terrified that “we the people” should have proper access to what is supposed to the “public” record.


  5. chickapee
    Jun 11, 2011 @ 12:30:11

    I just had a thought, maybe that is why Meg quit Sarah’s entourage; she was given the task of cleaning up the emails. It would take a lot of man hours to read and redact these emails. She was assigned the duty, and that is why Sarah’s attorneys are giving the statements that they did not interfere in the process. As we all can see so far; the emails have been cleaned. After nearly three years, she could have created another database of emails. Disgusting! But don’t fret, the truth always rises to the top. She has probably stepped on a lot of toes with some of the emails released. I feel something coming down the pike real soon. Why doesn’t Alaskans file an ethic complaint in regards to her faking a pregnancy. I also figured out how Sarah has so many people covering for her faked pregnancy. She has told them some fabricated story about Bristol being raped, and everyone feel so sorry for them. Poor Sarah! She had to rescue her daughter and adopt the child because no one else would. Poor me! She is so full of sh#*t.


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