Tuesday, September 23, 2008

Icegate Gate: the hacking of Palin's email

Political Punch: "Son of Democratic Politician Indicted for Hacking Palin's E-mail"

David C. Kernell, 20, was indicted by a federal grand jury in Knoxville, Tenn., for "intentionally accessing without authorization the e-mail account of Alaska Governor Sarah Palin," the Justice Department says. Kernell's father is Tennessee State Rep. Mike Kernell, a Democrat. Acting Assistant Attorney General Matthew Friedrich of the Criminal Division, and U.S. Attorney James R. Dedrick for the Eastern District of Tennessee, announced today that Kernell turned himself in to federal authorities for arrest and will be arraigned today before U.S. Magistrate Judge C. Clifford Shirley.

The indictment states that, on approximately Sept. 16, 2008, Kernell "obtained unauthorized access" to Palin’s personal e-mail account by allegedly resetting the account password. Kernell then allegedly read her e-mails and made screenshots of the e-mail directory, e-mail content and other personal information and, per the indictment, posted screenshots of the e-mails and other personal information to a public Web site. Kernell, if convicted, faces five years in prison, a $250,000 fine and a three-year term of supervised release. >>>

8th Oct 2008
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Michelle Malkin: "On the Palin e-mail hacker trail"

(...) A grand jury in Chattanooga could hear testimony this week into the break-in "of the personal e-mail of Vice Presidential candidate Sarah Palin. The Knoxville News-Sentinel said the FBI is investigating the possibility that a University of Tennessee student who is the son of a state legislator from Memphis carried out the hacking. The report said FBI agents raided the apartment of David Kernell early Sunday morning. It said friends of Kernell were interviewed, and said they are due to testify about the case in Chattanooga this week. A federal grand jury is set to convene in Chattanooga on Tuesday (...)"

WBIR reported on the raid at the party over the weekend: "The FBI is stepping up its investigation into the possibility that a University of Tennessee student hacked into the personal e-mail of Vice Presidential candidate Sarah Palin. (...) the FBI served a federal search warrant (...) A Department of Justice spokesperson confirmed there has been “investigatory activity” in Knoxville regarding the Palin case (...) A separate law enforcement source confirmed to 10 News that a search warrant was served on Kernell’s apartment. According to the witness, several agents arrived at The Commons of Knoxville around midnight. They presented their badges upon entering Kernell’s apartment, where several students were having a party, and took down their names. The witness tells us they asked him and those who did not live in the unit to go outside. He believes the investigators took about 1.5 to 2 hours taking pictures of everything inside the apartment. Witnesses say Kernell and his friends fled the apartment when the FBI agents arrived." Analysts say that whoever is caught might face only a slap of the wrist as a result of a DOJ loophole. (...) >>>

22nd Sep 2008
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... following report seems to be false - what does trickle out is that the Kernell case is still being pursued ...

Rightpundits: "Sarah Palin Email Hack Traced to Chicago"

The story of the Sarah Palin email hack has taken a new turn. According to security experts, the hackers’ electronic trail has been traced to Barack Obama’s hometown of Chicago. His national headquarters is located there. In many ways the Palin email hack of her Yahoo account reminds voters of the Watergate break in of 1972. A generation ago, a very suspicious presidential candidate ordered his men to break into George McGovern’s campaign headquarters in Washington DC. The episode was emblematic of an administration known for dirty tricks politics as usual.

In those days they did not have electronic mail but they did have private correspondence on paper. Richard Nixon won election but was impeached for felonies related to the Watergate hack within a year. What is now known as Icegate in 2008 is eerily reminiscent to Watergate in 1972. Those with a long memory remember the Watergate plumbers who Nixon insisted acted alone. Speaking of plumbing, now we are told that Wikileaks acted alone in the Icegate scandal. Some things never change. According to an internet security expert (...) >>>

21st Sep 2008
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... least said - 8 diggs

Los Angeles Times: "Blogosphere lynches 'Palin hacker,' minus evidence"

20th Sep 2008
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... this little scrap of news on the alleged hacker son of Repr. Kernell (D) Watergating the family's private Yahoo account is in limbo between the Pomo WH file and the McCain-Palin Ticket ... if the Plouffe relationship holds, it moves to Pomo WH ... here's how what is now dubbed Icegate was done ...

PJM: "Palin Hacker’s Identity is Revealed"

The hacker is David Kernell, the 20-year old son of Mike Kernell, a Democrat and elected state representative in Tennessee, according to Nashville’s largest newspaper, the Tennessean. (...) >>>

Comments section: "Wait a minute. Now I see in the Comments over at Terry Frank’s Site [http://terryfrank.net/?p=3591] that David Kernell has ties to David Plouffe, Obama’s Campaign Manager. Steady, Holmes!" ... "Good. I hope law enforcement throw the book at him. Whats this? David Kernell has ties to David Plouffe? Watch the democratic wheels continue to fall off. Why do i sense another shoe is going to drop?"

19th Sep 2008
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