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Left Wing Hater Hacks into Sarah Palin's Private Email Account

I've been following this all afternoon but I haven't written anything until now because I was too pissed. Everyday I am learning that there doesn't seem to be a rock bottom for the scum who support Obama. Today we learned that a left wing nut hacked into Sarah Palin's private - PRIVATE - email account and splashed the contents all over the internet. Gawker is a website without any scruples and is promoting Palin's private information even though it was illegally obtained.

It's been reported in a number of places, the New York Daily News, Caleb Howe, as well as others that Anonymous was behind the hacking. Michelle Malkin, however, got detailed information from someone who is knowledgeable on the subject of all things internet about how this hack job went down:

Here's the short version: there is a site called 4chan.org. It is an image posting site based on a popular Japanese site. The site contains multiple boards, each of which is dedicated to a particular subject. The most notorious of these boards is called /b/. /b/ is the board dedicated to random images. /b/tards, as its denizens are called, are interested only in their own amusement. Their sense of humor runs the gamut from sick to cruel to merely strange. Lolcats, as made famous by http://www.icanhascheezburger.com, originated on /b/. A lot of memes start there. There is a lot of racist humor -- pictures of excited and happy black people in proximity to fried chicken abound. There is a lot of pornography. Sometimes it's child pornography, although posting that is moderator grounds for banning -- no, it's not a pedophile ring; /b/tards post it because they think doing so is funny.

4chan does not log participants. Most people don't use or have usernames, and post instead as "Anonymous." And every so often, a number of /b/'s anonymous denizens decide to make somebody's life hell. Sometimes it's a random person who offends /b/'s sense of propriety. Sometimes it's a forum dedicated to a serious topic. Sometimes it's Scientology. And Tuesday, it was Sarah Palin. Or it would have been.

Sarah Palin's email account was hacked by one person. Not a group.

No matter who did this, his criminal actions will more than likely help Sarah Palin by causing people to sympathize with her, and he will get him a 5 year sentence in federal prison once he's caught. This person hacked into the private email of a vice presidential candidate who is being protected by the Secret Service and who is now investigating this crime. Good luck evading them. Head on over to Michelle's place because her source also includes a message from the hacker himself. Here's part:

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 (emphasis mine)

Obama supporter, it seems. The One attracts some really classy people.

Unfortunately, there are media outlets who are making the Secret Service's investigation difficult. The Secret Service asked the AP for copies of the emails they obtained. They refused. Nice. Way to go protecting the lawbreakers, AP. Classy, you folks are.

In an earlier post, Michelle Malkin provides us the details of what the hacker managed to steal:

The Gawker smear machine -- see here for all the background you need -- has posted private family photos of Palin's children that were apparently stolen from the e-mail account.

They have used Bristol Palin's illegally obtained private cell phone number from her mom's private account, recorded her voicemail message, and posted it on their website.

They have reprinted her husband Todd's private e-mail address and son Track's private e-mail address.

Anchoress has a great post and starts off with this:

Remember in 2000, when Rick Lazio was running against Hillary Clinton for the NY Senate, and he walked across the stage to hand her a piece of paper and was instantly condemned as "threatening" and excoriated for "invading her space?"

A lot of people regard that as the moment Lazio lost the race. People didn't like perceiving a woman as being "threatened." They did not like her "space" being invaded.

Now the Obamaphiles - the angry, crazed, hate-filled part of the left who cannot understand the right and will not play fair - has hacked into Sarah Palin's email account. They've invaded her privacy and that of her family in a way so intrusive it can ONLY be perceived as threatening. People will not like that. WOMEN will not like that. Idiots.

Update: We have a comment from the FBI in Alaska:

FBI Spokesman Eric Gonzalez in Anchorage, Alaska confirms to CNN an investigation is underway.

"We are aware of the allegations and we are coordinating with Secret Service as far as the allegation that someone has hacked into Governor Palin's personal e-mail account," he said. "We are going to be working a joint investigation with Secret Service on this."

Brian Hale, an FBI spokesman in Washington, also confirms the FBI has been contacted about the incident. Two federal law enforcement sources say the FBI and Secret Service would have concurrent jurisdiction normally on a matter such as this, but it remains to be seen if the Secret Service will take the lead on the investigation because Palin is a protectee.

Update II: Jonathan Martin of The Politico is on Greta and his focus isn't on the invasion of privacy but on "what else could be out there," meaning that he's hoping that she gets caught breaking the law.

And Greta's panel comprised of Gloria, Bernie, and, Ted are kind of justifying the hacking under the excuse that she may have broken the law. Greta has to remind everyone that Sarah is presumed innocent, but her guests want nothing to do with that.

Update III: Macsmind, who has a contact at DOJ, reports that the investigation into who hacked into Sarah Palin's private email account is in full gear. And Gawker should be a bit nervous tonight:

Intercept of private email communication - even of a public figure - is a federal offense. Not only can the original hackers be charged, but all those who posted the messages as well. The website Gawker may be in further trouble for going beyond the email to post pics from the Palin's personal message box, as well as other personal information that may be afoul of laws dealing with identity theft...

Loose source, but Gawker is a New York based blog and reports are swirling that the feds could seek a court order forcing a shut down of the site. As you know they have posted the emails and pics. Nothing in "Freedom of the Press" allows stolen, hacked private information, to be posted online, much more when it's a Vice Presidential candidate. According to an attorney I spoke with, "This is ten times worse than posting a Tom Cruise video"..."They're in serious trouble".

Note: Alaska has some of the most strict privacy laws in the nation, and Palin is still the Governor...

The Secret Service Electronic Crimes Task Force will be looking into this. It's being considered positively "endangerment of a candidate" at this point.

Others blogging:

Hot Air
Atlas Shrugs
Sister Toljah
Gateway Pundit


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Comments (109)

"The One attracts some real... (Below threshold)
Herman:

"The One attracts some really classy people." -- Kim

Thank you, Kim.

4chan (where the info was l... (Below threshold)

4chan (where the info was leaked) isn't a left wing site. The info was leaked to prove that Palin was conducting government communications via Yahoo. What a retard.

The fucking pieces of shit ... (Below threshold)
GianiD:

The fucking pieces of shit on the left just keep proving over and over again how despicable, repugnant, and vile they really are.

No surprise though, every election Himself has been in, he has had dirty deeds done, on his behalf.

I watched Greta as well and... (Below threshold)

I watched Greta as well and it seemed like they were pushing that Palin is responsible for showing the world what is in her email because the hacker wasn't able to find what he was hoping for.

Thanks - this probably just... (Below threshold)
Jo:

Thanks - this probably just gave us the election!

That hacker won't feel so p... (Below threshold)
Brian:

That hacker won't feel so pleased with himself when the FBI busts down his door.

Maybe ahhm-bama or Barney F... (Below threshold)
GianiD:

Maybe ahhm-bama or Barney Frank can train the hacker of the social graces of Saturday night in the joint.

What do you think would hap... (Below threshold)
jdoe:

What do you think would happen if you were conducting your company's business on a yahoo account and somebody hacked into it?

Most likely your boss would blame you for not using the company's secured servers and you would lose your job over it. If Palin had been following protocol it never would have happened. On the positive side, at least she knows how to use e-mail.

"The fucking pieces of shit... (Below threshold)
RJ:

"The fucking pieces of shit on the left just keep proving over and over again how despicable, repugnant, and vile they really are."

I think you just did the same.

The FBI and SS could start ... (Below threshold)
ODA315:

The FBI and SS could start with introducing the management of GAWKER to a pair of handcuffs for knowingly posting information obtained gained thru illegal means.

And to that classy jdoe, OF COURSE she can use email, her arms weren't broken by people who REALLY tortured their adversaries. I'll bet McCain wishes he'd only been made to form a human pyramid while naked. Jackass.

"The fucking piece... (Below threshold)
jdoe:
"The fucking pieces of shit on the left just keep proving over and over again how despicable, repugnant, and vile they really are."

4Chan is not a left-wing site.

"4chan (where the info was ... (Below threshold)
w3bgrrl:

"4chan (where the info was leaked) isn't a left wing site. The info was leaked to prove that Palin was conducting government communications via Yahoo. What a retard."

Except it didn't prove anything of the sort.

"4chan (where the ... (Below threshold)
jdoe:
"4chan (where the info was leaked) isn't a left wing site. The info was leaked to prove that Palin was conducting government communications via Yahoo. What a retard."

Many hackers are also anarchists. Anarchists dislike all political parties. In fact one could argue that they hate democrats more because republicans believe in less government.

Pretty savvy using the word... (Below threshold)
jp2:

Pretty savvy using the word 'popcorn' to protect your account and official state business. Palin is one smart cookie - surprising she couldn't run a company according to McCain's people.

(And Cassy ties anything she can to "the left" - even teenage pregnancies:

"A sixteen-year-old girl cannot understand the consequences of these actions; she has no idea what she is getting into. This is where her parents and her teachers have let her down. The fact that this happened in one of the most liberal states in the country does not surprise me, either.")

jdoe, we know you wish they... (Below threshold)
LaMedusa:

jdoe, we know you wish they had found something:

What do you think would happen if you were conducting your company's business on a yahoo account and somebody hacked into it?

It was her personal account, not her business account.

This is what the hacker was looking for:

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

Who the hell cares whether or not they are anarchists? Stop rationalizing the issue just to find fault with her. Screw the protocol, the hacker broke the law. "What if" has nothing to do with this circumstance because Gov Palin was not conducting business on her personal acct. I hope this person is handcuffed and paraded out in public as an example.

jp2~Prett... (Below threshold)
LaMedusa:

jp2~

Pretty savvy using the word 'popcorn' to protect your account and official state business. Palin is one smart cookie - surprising she couldn't run a company according to McCain's people.

And we also know that google is your best friend when locating sources for such inside information...

As a former federal law off... (Below threshold)
RoBoTech:

As a former federal law officer, there is more to this than what has been posted around the net.

Posting phone numbers and addresses without the owners permission is a 3 year ticket, FOR EACH OFFENSE.
The hacking offense, 1 year for EACH offense.
For posting the info (by ANYONE!) is a conspiracy worth 3-5 for each offense. If anyone has this info on a site or blog, and the FBI finds it, minimum, loss of ALL resources to host it (domain, server, loss of ISP, etc) 1-3 years. And 3 years probation where you can't even LOOK at a PC.
If a juvie does it, same as above except except, they MAY not get prison time, but will be on the leash, and their parents will have to go thru hell until the time is done. There won't be a PC in that household until times up.
Add ID theft, domestic terrorism, and some other minor charges, and an adult is probably looking at at least 3 years just for accepting and posting, and the originators may be looking at 5-10 years, loss of resources (including the house the server is in) $300-400,000 in fines, 50-100,000 in attorney fees and court fees, depending on the number of offenses.
I hope the Obama biatches get the MAX. And since the SS is on it, they just might. And there is going to be a BUNCH of people riding the train as every one that touched this mess will be prosecuted. They WILL make an example out of the whole bunch. You don't mess with the SS!

if you know anything about ... (Below threshold)
wanderingipods:

if you know anything about 4chan and /b/, you would doubt that the hacker gives a real shit about politics. the hacker would also know shit about what is 'incriminating'

if you know anythi... (Below threshold)
LaMedusa:
if you know anything about 4chan and /b/, you would doubt that the hacker gives a real shit about politics. the hacker would also know shit about what is 'incriminating'

Then he also won't give a shit about paying fines and serving jail time. You must have missed the part where the hacker was reading every e-mail of hers to look for something incriminating. Doesn't care about politics? Nice try, though.

A quick check will verify t... (Below threshold)

A quick check will verify that all possible urls and IP addresses to Wikileaks have been blocked. Im' surprised they haven't taken down Gawker yet,

jdoe - "If Palin had be... (Below threshold)
marc:

jdoe - "If Palin had been following protocol it never would have happened."

What? You have inside info the proves she was?

Please... do tell. You can be a hero to those that oppose her and McCain.

Your apparent wishful delusions aside, even if she was the proper thing to do, you do know "proper" right, would have been to turn the hacked evidence over to the legal authorities.

Last I checked anyone associated with Gawaker Media isn't one of them.

asshat

jp2 - "Pretty savvy usi... (Below threshold)
marc:

jp2 - "Pretty savvy using the word 'popcorn' to protect your account and official state business. Palin is one smart cookie"

I tend to agree. Almost as savvy as....

using jp2.

Oh and jp2, same to you, got the proof she was using the account for official business? (have you being playing with your Secret Squirrel decoder ring again?)

Are you really trying to de... (Below threshold)
jp2:

Are you really trying to deny she used it for state business? Crazy. Anyways, you don't need a decoder ring, just some eyes and objective intelligence.

"Palin routinely uses a private Yahoo e-mail account to conduct state business."

http://www.adn.com/sarah-palin/story/526281.html

But now, neatly, everything is deleted I'm sure. Heard what was left was boring.

Are you really try... (Below threshold)
LaMedusa:
Are you really trying to deny she used it for state business?

Hackers get prosecuted.

But now, neatly, everything is deleted I'm sure. Heard what was left was boring.

You "heard", or made sure of? Like your comments. Tedious and boring, only we get it first hand. F*CK OFF!

As a reference point, Larry... (Below threshold)
J Mack:

As a reference point, Larry Mendte a local Philadelphia netwrok anchor was recently convicted of hacking into co-anchor, Alicia Lane's personal email account. Mendte is now awaiting a federal sentencing on the hacking charges and i facing jail time. Last time I checked Lane was not a candidate for VP

Then he also won't... (Below threshold)
Dave2:
Then he also won't give a shit about paying fines and serving jail time. You must have missed the part where the hacker was reading every e-mail of hers to look for something incriminating. Doesn't care about politics? Nice try, though.

You moron, /b/tards want to stir up trouble and get lulz. That's why he was looking for something incriminating. They could give a shit about politics.

You honestly have no clue, do you?

I'm a Libertarian. Have be... (Below threshold)

I'm a Libertarian. Have been for 25 years. One of the Libertarian movements Top Activists. I know Anarchists. They hang around the fringes of the Libertarian Party. While it's true that they are not total Leftists, they lean heavily towards the Left, in particular culturally.

So, it's splitting straws to say that this guy is "not really a Leftist," if it is found out that he's an Anarchist instead. Technically true, maybe, but for practical purposes an Anarchist is a Leftist.


You moron, /b/tard... (Below threshold)
LaMedusa:
You moron, /b/tards want to stir up trouble and get lulz. That's why he was looking for something incriminating. They could give a shit about politics.

You honestly have no clue, do you?

The secret service will investigate a hacking into the personal e-mail account of a candidate of the presidency. No explanation on why they want to "stir up trouble" is needed. No one cares if the hacker gives a shit about politics. The hacker broke the law and will be prosecuted. Your espionage "reasoning" camouflage attempt does not change this. Go tell someone who cares about your "clue".

Anonymous is left wing? Aha... (Below threshold)
Anonymous:

Anonymous is left wing? Ahahahahaha. Wow, it never fails to amuse me at how ignorant people are, especially to assign blame. Haven't they every used the internets before? XD I suppose nothing in the universe is possible to do without a political agenda, especially humor. gg Anons! Troll is super effective!

Information is starting to ... (Below threshold)
BeenHereB4:

Information is starting to add up, and the user name of the loser claiming to be the "hacker" (breaking into email accounts is NOT hacking, and I am sure it is very insulting to real hackers that this loser is being called one) has been traced back and may turn out to be the adult son of a state representative. The poop really will fly at the propeller if that pans out to be true!

To LaMedusa:The co... (Below threshold)
asdasd:

To LaMedusa:

The comment the poster was in reference to the misguided belief that the hack was in some way motivated by politics.

Yes we realise he'll be sent to jail etc. But he was not politically motivated.

And the "hits" just keep co... (Below threshold)
marc:

And the "hits" just keep coming, this one that apparently originated in the LAT:

When I heard that John McCain's running mate had children named Track, Willow, Bristol, Piper and Trig, I was floored. My reaction, like that of many of my acquaintances, was: Forget her views on religion, abortion, immigration or that bridge to nowhere, the American people are not going to let a person with children named Track, Willow, Bristol, Piper and Trig anywhere near that red button. The American people are too sensible for that, too traditional for that, too classy for that.
and ends with this:
Looking on the bright side, at least she didn't name any of her kids Depot, Face-off or Barbecue. At least she didn't name them Velcro, Sherlock, Ivanhoe or Chamomile. At least she didn't name any of her kids Thor. We could turn this thing around yet.
What an absolute moron!

As for you asdasd you're utterly clueless also.

This in the hackers own words:

Earlier it was just some prank to me, I really wanted to get something incriminating which I was sure there would be, just like all of you anon out there that you think there was some missed opportunity of glory, well there WAS NOTHING, I read everything, every little blackberry confirmation... all the pictures, and there was nothing, and it finally set in, THIS internet was serious business, yes I was behind a proxy, only one, if this shit ever got to the FBI I was fucked, I panicked
asdasd, thanks for playing, don't forget your parting gifts on the way out of the door.

I hope everyone involved in... (Below threshold)
Gail:

I hope everyone involved in this fiasco is prosecuted to the nth degree of the law - including Gawker, et al. This is far worse than Watergate, given the ability of the internet to reach millions in an instant with someone's personal and private information. The irony is that this may sweep McCain/Palin into the White House. Obama is going to take this incident on the chin although he probably had nothing to do with it. Beware of backlash!

RoboTech, I appreciate your... (Below threshold)
Gail:

RoboTech, I appreciate your comments. Thank you.

Her Account was not hacked.... (Below threshold)
Not important:

Her Account was not hacked.
The "hacker" just used the "forgot my password" feature and her security question was "what is my zip code?"

do you trust the safety of America to a woman who secures her email account with her zipcode?

First the idiot who hacked ... (Below threshold)
JFO:

First the idiot who hacked into the accounts should get whatever the law allows him/her to get.

But really ...

Some of you folks are getting absurdly desperate. If you think that this incident "may sweep McBush into the WH you've overdosed on your kool aid. Yeah, the economy is falling apart, McBush doesn't know what day it is, Palin The Stonewaller doesn't know where Europe is and all of America will vote for them because someone hacked her e-mail.

By the way, where's the evidence that this - so far unidentified person - is an "Obama supporter?" Probably in the anal obsessed mind of the likes of marc and his twin brother scrapiron I suppose. And to make marc happy, assuming something makes an ass of...well folks who assume things like that.

"Some of you folks are gett... (Below threshold)

"Some of you folks are getting absurdly desperate."

Seems to me the absurd desperation isn't on this side. Me - I'm pissed about this, and it doesn't make me any more inclined to vote for the party that this stupid jerk nominally supports.

You really don't get the idea that shit like this doesn't HELP your side, do you? Or that it really shows just what you think about everyone who doesn't believe as you do?

If someone had hacked into Obama's account, you'd be incendiary with rage. How dare someone tresspass on the sanctity of email! But for someone you don't like, it's minor.

Ethical behavior seems to be completely dependent on political affiliation for the left. And you wonder why people aren't trusting of your intentions.

Yes we realise he'... (Below threshold)
Yes we realise he'll be sent to jail etc. But he was not politically motivated.

asdasd:

"...and what I concluded was anticlimactic, there was nothing there, nothing incriminating, nothing that would derail her campaign as I had hoped,"

Nope. Nothing political there. Move along.

JFO, you're right. We know who this individual doesn't support. And that does tend to narrow it down a bit. And no, this won't sweep McCain/Palin into the Whitehouse, but this sort of thing (along with all the other unfounded vitriol) does induce sympathy which causes some people to lean toward the ticket. I read many accounts of people saying that their perception that Hillary was being treated unfairly influenced their support of her. It's a stupid reason, but it happens all the time.

Are you really try... (Below threshold)
jdoe:
Are you really trying to deny she used it for state business? Crazy. Anyways, you don't need a decoder ring, just some eyes and objective intelligence.

"Palin routinely uses a private Yahoo e-mail account to conduct state business."

http://www.adn.com/sarah-palin/story/526281.html


But now, neatly, everything is deleted I'm sure. Heard what was left was boring.

JP2,

You are 100% correct. Keep up the good work. I would like to provide some supporting evidence for what you are saying.

Palin has at least 2 yahoo accounts. The one she uses in the article you posted is gov.sarah@yahoo.com not gov.palin@yahoo.com (the one that was hacked).
Every hit on Palin personal... (Below threshold)
WildWillie:

Every hit on Palin personally is a point up in the polls for McCain and a point down for Obama. It doesn't even have to be a left wing site. The left were so dispicable when Palin was announced, the logical assumption now is any personal hit on Palin is from the left. You lefties know this is true. And again, thanks. ww

The headline would leave yo... (Below threshold)
Adrian Browne:

The headline would leave you to believe the case has been solved:

"Left Wing Hater Hacks . . ."

The last sentence reveals we have absolutely no idea who did it or why:

"The Secret Service Electronic Crimes Task Force will be looking into this . . . "


There's far too many accusa... (Below threshold)

There's far too many accusations here of jumping to conclusions by jumping to conclusions.

"we have absolutely no i... (Below threshold)

"we have absolutely no idea who did it or why"

Browne, I'm pretty sure we have the "why". Again for the comprehension impaired:
"...and what I concluded was anticlimactic, there was nothing there, nothing incriminating, nothing that would derail her campaign as I had hoped,"

And jdoe: are you implying that because she had two yahoo accounts, incriminating evidence is possibly on the other one? Damn those incompetent hackers!

The economy is beyond repai... (Below threshold)
bpa:

The economy is beyond repair, soldier's are still dying, people are losing their jobs and homes, gas is high as hell and drugs are still destroying people. I don't give a damn about Gov. Palin's e-mail account. All I can say is people get ready there's a train coming you don't need no ticket just get OBAMA

The left doesn't have a pro... (Below threshold)
Mac Lorry:

The left doesn't have a problem with hackers invading private email accounts on the grounds that the invaders might find something illegal. Yet these are the same hypocrites who were up in arms over so-called warrantless wiretaps.

Hopefuly someone will send ... (Below threshold)
Spurwing Plover:

Hopefuly someone will send a virus on his computer the erases everything on is even his solatare game and leaves that scum crying big fat tears every night

Its interesting to see how ... (Below threshold)
scoober:

Its interesting to see how you all are so upset about illegal survallence of Sarah Palin's emails.

Why then no outrage about other illegal survallence, such as what the Bush administration has been doing for years now?

What I have heard for the past 8 years, "If she has done nothing wrong, then why does she have a problem with someone looking at her private email?"

Read Glenn Greenwald at Salon.com for a more explicite characterization of right wing hypocrisy.

I saw that Greata show, I g... (Below threshold)

I saw that Greata show, I give her kudos, she was the only sane one.

Interesting to see left wing, criminal defense attorneys who have such an expansive view of the 4th and 5th Amendment, but when it comes to a conservative they don't agree with, they throw out the Bill of Rights!!!!!!!

These people need to be prosecute to the fullest extent of the law, they need to be arrested, tried and given hefty prison terms...

Scoober,There's a di... (Below threshold)
Eric:

Scoober,
There's a difference between the government performing a law enforcement duty in which the information is kept private, and a private citizen making another private citizen's information public.

Hypocrisy can go in both directions.

bpa - before you make furth... (Below threshold)

bpa - before you make further comments, you might want to brush up on both your current events knowledge and your grammar! The economy is not "beyond repair" and what the hell does it have to do with the current topic of discussion?

A FEDERAL crime was committed by someone with, by his/her own admission, bad intentions against someone who is currently a candidate for the Vice Presidency of the United States of America - someone under the protection of the Secret Service which only ups the ante. And I sincerely hope that whoever did it gets the book thrown at them - and more than once - because this nonsense has to stop.

Feverishly indulging oneself in unhinged hatred and vicious behavior toward one-half of your fellow citizens should be grounds for a long sojourn in a rubber room. Do you people ever take a step back, take a deep breath and THINK about what you're doing or are you so involved with your infantile "FEELINGS" that you can no longer reason coherently?

Just as an aside - to the moral equivalency buff who is claiming that the DULY AUTHORIZED surveillance of enemies of our country (who want to kill you AND me) - are you out of your teensy little atrophied mind?

I repeat, a FEDERAL crime has been committed by the person who invaded a private e-mail account and then published private information on the Internet. It isn't funny, it isn't something to be brushed off and it certainly isn't something to be blamed on the victim of this unprovoked and utterly despicable invasion of privacy. Are you people simple-minded?

Why then no outrag... (Below threshold)
Mac Lorry:
Why then no outrage about other illegal surveillance, such as what the Bush administration has been doing for years now?

Probably because it was never shown to be illegal in any court of law. A bunch of politicians saying something is illegal doesn't make it so. Here's something for you to ponder: Eliot Spitzer got caught in illegal activity by a wiretap for which there was no warrant naming either him nor listing the phone he was using, yet that was a legal wiretap. Taps originating outside the U.S. don't need warrants, yet are legal. Why then would it be illegal to intercept Eliot Spitzer's conversation if there was a legal, but warrantless, wiretap on a brothel in Canada?

Guessing someones email pas... (Below threshold)
Robert:

Guessing someones email password by using her zipcode is not hacking. You can not hack a moron and stupidity.

Her private email has come into question several times for being used to discuss official business. One would think she would have gone to measures to protect it... Can we afford someone so negligent to run our country...

Yes its still illegal activitity, the so call hacker should be prosecuted

"Are you people simple-mind... (Below threshold)
JLawson:

"Are you people simple-minded?"

No - their ethics are completely politically dependent, and non-reciprocal. If someone had done this to Obama or Biden, they'd be up in arms about it, citing chapter and verse about how it was a federal crime, the perpetrators ought to be hunted down and castrated with a dull teaspoon, yada yada yada.

But because it's Palin - nothing illegal or unethical happened, because it's completely justifiable!

And they think it helps their cause! It's friggin' amazing - they literally don't see how wrong they are, and how condoning this garbage hurts EVERYONE.

Bpa,We have an 94%... (Below threshold)
Mac Lorry:

Bpa,

We have an 94% employment rate, victory in Iraq is within our grasp, 260 million Americans have good health plans, and political momentum is breaking the no drill, no nuck bans the Democrats have maintained for 30 years. We are finally getting to the end of the financial crises caused by policies put in place by Carter and Clinton that forced banks to lend to unqualified borrowers without maintaining capital reserves.

The Obama train has been derailed by people who don't want to go back the failed Democratic policies of the past.

"Probably because it was ne... (Below threshold)
scoober:

"Probably because it was never shown to be illegal in any court of law. A bunch of politicians saying something is illegal doesn't make it so."

Funny, how they needed to make a law giving retroactive immunity for the telecoms that helped with this so called "legal" activity.

Someone was worried that it was illegal, and id not want it investigated.

But that still does not excuse the outrage about this violation of privacy, but no outrage about what the government is doing everyday to look at inocent Ammerican's records and emails with no search warrents.

"But because it's Palin - n... (Below threshold)
scoober:

"But because it's Palin - nothing illegal or unethical happened, because it's completely justifiable!"

I don't know who you are talking about. I don't see anyone saying that looking at someone's private emails is OK, except for most of you people. Yoiu seem to think its fine if someone that YOU trust is doing it.

So, for those you who have ... (Below threshold)
cstmbuild:

So, for those you who have no prob with Palin account being made public...
Is it okay if I start opening your US (Snail) Mail and making photocopies and posting it on the internet?
Whether you agree or not email is as private as postal (snail) mail.

BTW, how the person got into the account does not matter. Used "Forgot password" or hacked, the information is personal and private or, for those trying to split hairs and say it wasn't a "personal" account, private and government related. If gov related it may be open to state or federal looking, but not public viewing.

Tell me who says that its O... (Below threshold)
scoober:

Tell me who says that its OK for Palkin's account to be made public.

The issue here is not wheth... (Below threshold)
scoober:

The issue here is not whether it is OK if Palin's email is hacked into and made public. I think that we can all agree that that is wrong and should be punished. That is, IF they find out who did it. Remember, we don't know who did it. That's why the headline of this post is pretty much a lie.

The issue that I see is that all you sanctimonious people who have no trouble giving Bush and co. all the power they want to eavesdrop on innocent American's emails and phone calls are so outraged that someone would do such a horrible thing to Sarah Palin.

@ScooberIm a flami... (Below threshold)
robert:

@Scoober

Im a flaming liberal, I think Palin is plainly an idiot and ignorant using a Yahoo account especially as a quasi Gov account. She is not ready, does not have the right mentality to run this country. Using a Yahoo account. get her out of here.

I also think, that since the information was retrieved illegally, the sites hosting screenshots should also be help accountable by the law and of course the so called person who got her passord by guessing it.

Who's Palkin?Scoob... (Below threshold)
JLawson:

Who's Palkin?

Scoober - you do your side no good with the stupidity you show. You want comments showing approval of this action, both overt and tacit?

See comment 2. Comment 8. Comment 11. Comment 13. Comment 14. Comment 18. Comment 22. Comment 26. Comment 31. Comment 35. Comment 39. Comment 52. Comment 47.

You don't get to wave a little disclaimer in front like "I know it's illegal," and then follow up with "but I'm sure glad they did it!"

Scoober:"The is... (Below threshold)
JLawson:

Scoober:

"The issue that I see is that all you sanctimonious people who have no trouble giving Bush and co. all the power they want to eavesdrop on innocent American's emails and phone calls are so outraged that someone would do such a horrible thing to Sarah Palin."

The issue that I see is you can't tell the difference between legal and illegal activity.

Here's a hint.

Someone breaking into an email account, looking for something 'incriminating' and then randomly posting what he finds up on a PUBLIC blog is not legal. Neither is it moral or ethical.

Someone in the government performing authorized surveillance of emails, keeping all results very confidential, routing anything found through legions of lawyers to make sure all applicable pricvacy laws are followed, all paperwork is completed with all the i's dotted and t's crossed before anything is even decided upon is legal.

You may have problems with the morality of it, or the ethics behind it - but it's legal. Don't like it? Get the law changed.

And if someone broke into Obama's email and splattered it across the internet - THAT would be illegal as well. There's no justification for it.

Scoober, let me try to use ... (Below threshold)
WildWillie:

Scoober, let me try to use common sense with you even though I know going in lefties do not possess that ability. Why would a repulbican hack into her account and give it to the partisan AP if it will damage our candidate? They wouldn't. You guys are so defenseless it is almost amusing. Keep it up. ww

"Scoober - you do your side... (Below threshold)
scoober:

"Scoober - you do your side no good with the stupidity you show. You want comments showing approval of this action, both overt and tacit?

See comment 2. Comment 8. Comment 11. Comment 13. Comment 14. Comment 18. Comment 22. Comment 26. Comment 31. Comment 35. Comment 39. Comment 52. Comment 47.
"

I'm not on anyone's side, except those that believe in a right to privacy.

Comment 2--no comment on approval or disapproval.

Comment 8--no comment on approval or disapproval.

Comment 11--no comment on approval or disapproval. All it says is "4Chan is not a left-wing site."

Comment 14--no comment on approval or disapproval.

Comment 18--no comment on approval or disapproval.

Comment 22--no comment on approval or disapproval.

Comment 26--no comment on approval or disapproval.

I see a pattern.

"You don't get to wave a little disclaimer in front like "I know it's illegal," and then follow up with "but I'm sure glad they did it!""

I ,and none of your examples (up to 22, which I checked) say "I'm sure glad they did it, or give approval of the actions of whoever hacked into her email.

BUT, there is plenty of documentation of people who approve of the governement (Bush and CO) eavedropping on innocent american's emails without warrents or oversite. Lets see how happy these same peopel are about the govt. spying on Americans when a Democrat is in the executive.

"Someone in the government ... (Below threshold)
scoober:

"Someone in the government performing authorized surveillance of emails, keeping all results very confidential, routing anything found through legions of lawyers to make sure all applicable pricvacy laws are followed, all paperwork is completed with all the i's dotted and t's crossed before anything is even decided upon is legal."

You do not know that all these things are being done. And you are stupid to assume that they are.

Wow, *too* *funny*. Warrant... (Below threshold)
Michael:

Wow, *too* *funny*. Warrantless wiretaps didn't get your back up, but this prank did. Good grief.

"Scoober, let me try to use... (Below threshold)
scoober:

"Scoober, let me try to use common sense with you even though I know going in lefties do not possess that ability. Why would a repulbican hack into her account and give it to the partisan AP if it will damage our candidate? They wouldn't. You guys are so defenseless it is almost amusing. Keep it up. ww"

Several people on this comment thread are speculating that it may actually help her, so its not too far fetched. Carl Rove was susected of bugging his own office to garner sympathy for his candidate once down in Texas.

But, like I said, we do not know who did it. I'm only speculating. But the headline of the page spouts an outright lie.

Much more interesting than ... (Below threshold)
Anon:

Much more interesting than emailed family photos...

Obama's MENTOR in his high school years, was Frank Marshall Davis, the COMMUNIST poet and journalist from Chicago who retired in Hawaii...

Now here's a HUGE story waiting to break...

His "MENTOR"? Talk about sl... (Below threshold)
scoober:

His "MENTOR"? Talk about sliming someone. WHO says that this was his "MENTOR"?

My God, you peole will believe anything.

Where did you get that information?

Yawn Yawn, how shrill and i... (Below threshold)
So What:

Yawn Yawn, how shrill and indignant would this blog be if it were Obama's email account that was hacked? She shouldn't be using yahoo for business anyways..

Palin was using her yahoo account in order to circumvent sunshine laws anyhow...boo hoo on her, shows that she can't hide her work emails anywhere...

Must be that ethical blinde... (Below threshold)
JLawson:

Must be that ethical blinder you've got on, Scoober. I see posts that are tacitly or overtly encouraging such actions. You don't.

But YOU are the one that's right, of course. Because no other possibly valid point of view can exist, since you don't endorse it.

Ah, well. Keep playing - you'll eventually get it.

Michael,Felonies a... (Below threshold)
Sheik Yur Bouty:

Michael,

Felonies are not "pranks".

scoober,

His name is Karl. Misspell his name again and he may just hunt you down.

JLawson,There's tw... (Below threshold)
Sheik Yur Bouty:

JLawson,

There's two things the left is better at than anyone: rationalizing and projecting.

"Must be that ethical blind... (Below threshold)
scoober:

"Must be that ethical blinder you've got on, Scoober. I see posts that are tacitly or overtly encouraging such actions. You don't."

I ask that you show me them, and explain where you see this encouragement.

But, do you encourage the warrentless eavesdropping with no independant oversite by the government that amy be occuring everyday? Will you continue to encourage that eavesdropping if a president of a different party gets elected?

Scoober -I feel li... (Below threshold)
JLawson:

Scoober -

I feel like I'm arguing color shades with a blind man here. I literally think you can't see it - your education, preferences and predilictions don't allow it.

Have a nice day. I've got other things to do.

I say that you see things t... (Below threshold)
scoober:

I say that you see things that are not there. AND I have proof.

You listed this:

Comment 11: "4Chan is not a left-wing site."

As a comment "showing approval of this action, both overt and tacit."

NOW, please show me the approval that you saw.

PLEASE, educate me.

JLawson, you are exactly ri... (Below threshold)
WildWillie:

JLawson, you are exactly right. Scoober is so contradicting himself it is almost delusional. ww

jp2,Palin did not ... (Below threshold)
Sheik Yur Bouty:

jp2,

Palin did not use 'popcorn' as her password. 'popcorn' is what the password was changed to by the person who broke in to the e-mail account.

Reading comprehension is your friend (and for you, probably your only friend).

I read that a republican ha... (Below threshold)
jp5:

I read that a republican hacked her email! Way to go GOP!

I would just like to commen... (Below threshold)
Grace:

I would just like to comment that the MSM has been so negligent in their overall duty to report news, not make it, that people like this "hacker" think it has become their job.

We may doubt it, but true journalists have at least had an education which "should" inform them that this type of activity is illegal.

I love the internet, but the postings of sites which are clearly (to any sane person) illegal should be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law.

4chan is mostly populated b... (Below threshold)

4chan is mostly populated by younger adults that dislike politics be they left or right. Your little foot-stamping blog was amusing though.

Mostly, I think the fact that Gov. Palin was sending official emails through her Yahoo account shows JUST how unready she is for the big leagues. The last thing America needs is another hick in office.

While there's no law per se... (Below threshold)

While there's no law per se against a private citizen gathering evidence, lots of people do things everyday for which they may be held to account. Citizens do have rights though, the right to be secure in their papers among them. Due to the electronic technology aspect, the Governor Palin case should be interesting if not groundbreaking. Here's something else: whenever one's cell phone is switched on, not necessarily making a call mind you, just turned on, that even if it's not a GPS enabled device, it emits a signal that anyone who might know your SIM card number may track with an array of inexpensive software. GOOGLE GPS tracking devices. The phone's speaker may also be remotely switched on for use as a listening device. Perhaps you're wondering, as did I, how certain individuals seem to know your whereabouts, or manage to show up when and where they do. GPS, email, and current technologies lend the bad guys and everyone else a level of sophistication previously unimagined. Cell phone option: when not in use, remove the battery: http://theseedsof9-11.com

Here are two distinct kinds... (Below threshold)
Dave2:

Here are two distinct kinds of questions:

1. Getting into Palin's Yahoo account: was that illegal? a felony? immoral? seriously inappropriate? worthy of condemnation?

2. The motives of the people who did this: apolitical troublemaking? left-wing politics? or what?

If you can't separate these two kinds of questions, you're developmentally disabled.

I read that a repu... (Below threshold)
LaMedusa:
I read that a republican hacked her email! Way to go GOP!

Sure, ya did! And we can see the proof along with your hallucinations, jpidiot!

1. Getting into Pa... (Below threshold)
LaMedusa:
1. Getting into Palin's Yahoo account: was that illegal? a felony? immoral? seriously inappropriate? worthy of condemnation?

Don't reason away the action with questions. She holds a public office. Invasion of privacy is most definitely illegal. There is also a little problem with human rights, here. The liberals are all about human rights, so I understand. So, why so many questions?

Palin was using he... (Below threshold)
LaMedusa:
Palin was using her yahoo account in order to circumvent sunshine laws anyhow...boo hoo on her, shows that she can't hide her work emails anywhere...

The left in all its glory.

All the information in the ... (Below threshold)
Adrian Browne:

All the information in the emails was rather innocuous. But this is a setup for the next round of very personal, salacious emails now coming out (she discusses her "bad thoughts") -- they're probably fake but the real ones will help make them seem credible.

NOW, please show m... (Below threshold)
LaMedusa:
NOW, please show me the approval that you saw.

PLEASE, educate me.

From the hacker:

Looking on the bright side, at least she didn't name any of her kids Depot, Face-off or Barbecue. At least she didn't name them Velcro, Sherlock, Ivanhoe or Chamomile. At least she didn't name any of her kids Thor. We could turn this thing around yet.

I am sure the secret service will be happy to enlighten you as to who "We" is as the investigation progesses. Until then, sit tight, okay? Have some "popcorn".

1. Getting into Pa... (Below threshold)
Mac Lorry:
1. Getting into Palin's Yahoo account: was that illegal? a felony? immoral? seriously inappropriate? worthy of condemnation?

2. The motives of the people who did this: apolitical troublemaking? left-wing politics? or what?

I'm not sure any individual's email account is the point. They hacked into Yahoo and yes that's a felony crime. They sealed their fate when they changed the password of that account so that the legitimate user could no longer access it. The excuse that the hacker was trying to gather evidence of wrong doing is not a defense. If it were, anyone could break into anything and use that excuse. I can just hear it now: Yes judge, I broke into the bank vault, but I was looking to see if they were keeping illegal drugs in there.

As for motive, the hacker said he was looking for something to derail Palin's campaign. It's clear then that this was a politically motivated attack by the left. It's a break-in no different than if it were an office. We'll have to see what links the hacker has to Obama in the hackergate investigation.

Mac Lorry wrote:<blo... (Below threshold)
Dave2:

Mac Lorry wrote:

As for motive, the hacker said he was looking for something to derail Palin's campaign. It's clear then that this was a politically motivated attack by the left.

You need to stop for a second and start thinking for a change, Mac.

Do you know anything about /b/? The reason he was looking for something to derail Palin's campaign is because he wanted to stir up trouble. That's the raison d'etre of these people. They are apolitical trolls.

Honestly, if you don't know anything about a topic, it's best to stay silent.

"Invasion of privacy is mos... (Below threshold)
scoober:

"Invasion of privacy is most definitely illegal."

Especially when done by the Government. Sarah The Sarah Palin email scandal is peanuts compared to the Bush and co. warrentless wiretapping scandal. What would you consider more dangerous: some hacker breaking into a few personla email accounts or the government systemaically spying on people without warrents and no independant oversite whatso ever.
If you choose the former, then you are naive in the extreme.
For the eight years from 1992-2000 all I heard from the right wing was how dangerous it was to give government too much power. Now the same peopel are OK with the government having the power to spy on us without warrents or oversite.
When Obama gets elected, you will return to the "we can't trust government" rant.


If you

"JLawson, you are exactly r... (Below threshold)
scoober:

"JLawson, you are exactly right. Scoober is so contradicting himself it is almost delusional. ww"

Please point out a contradiction in any posts that i have left.

Scoober -Excellent... (Below threshold)
Derailleur:

Scoober -

Excellent job! You're trying SO hard to derail the thread - I applaud your efforts! They're not paying you enough for all the effort you're putting into this! Consult your supervisor and tell him you deserve a raise - you're almost out of astroturf!

But still - what the government does is legal.

What this bozo did was not.

There's a difference between the two!

Especially when do... (Below threshold)
LaMedusa:
Especially when done by the Government.

Government personnel start out as private citizens. Both are liable. You still don't see any contradiction?

Dave2~You... (Below threshold)
LaMedusa:

Dave2~

You need to stop for a second and start thinking for a change, Mac.
The reason he was looking for something to derail Palin's campaign is because he wanted to stir up trouble.

And stir up trouble, he did, for himself. This isn't kid stuff, dave, this is the real deal, and no amount of "much ado about nothing" you try to inject in this discussion will alter the outcome.

What I find especially interesting is the same people are trying to find a way to write this off as a prank. Even jdoe used words like "good work, jp2" and "evidence". Why do you think that is, and why would you guys continue on this thread if it were no big thing to investigate?

If "your friend" the low tier hacker had been thinking to begin with, he would not have stuck his foot in a bear trap looking for the honey. Again, refer back to the source provided in comment 32. In his own words:

Earlier it was just some prank to me, I really wanted to get something incriminating which I was sure there would be, just like all of you anon out there that you think there was some missed opportunity of glory, well there WAS NOTHING, I read everything, every little blackberry confirmation... all the pictures, and there was nothing, and it finally set in, THIS internet was serious business, yes I was behind a proxy, only one, if this shit ever got to the FBI I was fucked, I panicked
Looks like the earlier info... (Below threshold)
BeenHereB4:

Looks like the earlier info is turning out to be correct. The "hacker" might be the son of TN State Representative Mike Kernell D-Memphis*.

Oh my .........

*See the comments at Malkin's place for how the name was associated with the rubico handle.

Do you know anythi... (Below threshold)
Mac Lorry:
Do you know anything about /b/? The reason he was looking for something to derail Palin's campaign is because he wanted to stir up trouble. That's the raison d'etre of these people. They are apolitical trolls.

Honestly, if you don't know anything about a topic, it's best to stay silent.

So are you claiming you know who the hacker is? If so, post that information and I'll believe you know what their motivation is. If not, you're the one who doesn't know anything about the topic should to stay silent.

Whoever did this may be lef... (Below threshold)
onchu:

Whoever did this may be left wing, but neither anon nor 4chan in general is a leftist organization or site.

And if this went down like he said it did, calling him a hacker is awfully generous. Sounds like he's just a bored kid without much common sense.

Dave2,Hav... (Below threshold)
Mac Lorry:

Dave2,

Have a look at the title of this post we're commenting on, MacLorry: "Left Wing Hater Hacks into Sarah Palin's Private Email Account". This title is crazy, because the people who did this are not "left wing hater[s]". They are apolitical trolls.

You can't know that and it's stupid to keep pretending you can. Are you one of those old fogies who thinks people are all so one dimensional that they are not capable of holding political ideas and hacking at the same time? Lots of hackers are collage age men, the very demographic who are some of the most politically idealistic. That person said what they were looking for and why and that's the ONLY information we have about their motives at this point.

Posting to /b/ only shows they wanted to do what damage they could without getting caught. An experienced hacker would have altered the URLs in the screen shots, so this was a script kiddie rather than the hard core hacker you assume.

Distraction Dave2~... (Below threshold)
LaMedusa:

Distraction Dave2~

Give it up. You're stuck in a loop. Next thread, please. But before you go, read comment 96, then move on.

"Do you know anything ab... (Below threshold)

"Do you know anything about /b/? The reason he was looking for something to derail Palin's campaign is because he wanted to stir up trouble. That's the raison d'etre of these people. They are apolitical trolls."

Really, Dave? Do you know anything about /b/? You know this guy? I mean personally. Is this what he told you? That he's apolitical and just wants to stir up trouble?

I'm quite familiar with the hacker mentality myself and your description fits most of them. But not all of them.

Honestly, if you don't know this person yourself, it's best to refrain from pretending you're the consummate know-it-all. You just come off as some officious prick. If you do know him, you should call the effa-bee-eye pronto.

Luckily, we have a... (Below threshold)
Mac Lorry:
Luckily, we have another piece of information. They were posting on /b/. And that counts strongly in favor of the 'apolitical troll' hypothesis.

Nonsense, I've posted to /b/ as have many of my friends and none of us are apolitical, although left wing blogs consider us trolls. The idea is that it's anonymous with few rules and gets a lot of attention. The hacker knew that posting to /b/ would allow the email content to spread without taking the risk of spreading it themselves.

Come on, don't attribute views to me unless there's evidence of my holding them.

The fact that you insist the person is an apolitical troll based on the notion that only apolitical trolls post to /b/ is evidence that you think the hacker is hard core, and that you have a myopic view of what that means. If you knew anything about the hacking community you would know that guessing password and snooping to find personal information to guess passwords is the first things hard core hackers try. Professional burglars always check to see if the front door is open before trying to break-in another way. Posting screen shots that included most of the URL is the giveaway that this is a script kiddie.

Maybe your pretending to know something about the hacking community is why your messages keep getting deleted.

What I'm responding to firs... (Below threshold)
Dave2:

What I'm responding to first and foremost is the absurd title of this post: "Left Wing Hater Hacks into Sarah Palin's Private Email Account". From all that has been said, it looks as if Kim Priestap jumped to wild conclusions with zero evidence. If any of you want to defend Priestap, please go ahead.

Or how about this ironclad piece of reasoning from Mac Lorry?:

As for motive, the hacker said he was looking for something to derail Palin's campaign. It's clear then that this was a politically motivated attack by the left.

Anyone want to defend that?

Now, I have never claimed to know with absolute certainty that the guy who got into Palin's account is apolitical. But odds are, he's just a troll, and it is therefore foolish to call him a "Left Wing Hater".

Oyster, your only substantive point seems to be that there are exceptions to the rule. Well, no kidding. But that doesn't mean we overlook obvious facts about what sort of thing tends to go on at /b/, and start calling this guy a "Left Wing Hater".

Mac Lorry, I do not follow your reasoning at all. To start with, people who post on /b/ -- be they script kiddies or "hardcore hackers" -- are almost never pushing a political agenda. Consequently, when I say that this guy probably wasn't doing this out of party loyalty, I am in no way tipping my hand as to whether he's a script kiddie or hardcore hacker. So you have zero basis for attributing to me the view that this guy is a hardcore hacker.

And if you think that /b/ activity cannot be, nine times out of ten, chalked up to wanting to mess with people and get a rise out of people and stir things up and cause trouble, then you're out to lunch.

The email "hack"(far too mu... (Below threshold)
James:

The email "hack"(far too much liberal usage of this word) was a failure, Anonymous learned nothing interesting. Now it is a success because idiots like these writer are so sensitive to their self identification to political parties that they spew more nonsense than usual.

First, the hacker DID care ... (Below threshold)
NH:

First, the hacker DID care about politics since he admitted he went in there to find something incriminating which he did not. SEcond he is an OBAMA supporter as is his father, a state Rep.

THere was nothing 'a-political' about this at all!

The hacker is the one who ... (Below threshold)
NH:

The hacker is the one who used the word popcorn, NOT Palin, duh.

Dave2,Any... (Below threshold)
Mac Lorry:

Dave2,

Anyone want to defend that?

Yes, I'll defend it. Do you dispute the hacker stated that he was looking for something to derail Plain's campaign? If so, do you claim to know the individual personally well enough to know their motives? If not, are you claiming to be clairvoyant?

Now, I have never claimed to know with absolute certainty that the guy who got into Palin's account is apolitical. But odds are, he's just a troll, and it is therefore foolish to call him a "Left Wing Hater".

Ok, we have the answer. You don't have a clue. Your entire twaddle is based on the hacker posting to /b/.

Mac Lorry, I do not follow your reasoning at all. To start with, people who post on /b/ -- be they script kiddies or "hardcore hackers" -- are almost never pushing a political agenda.

I don't doubt it's over your head, but there's the clue right in your own words; "almost never pushing a political agenda". With 150,000 plus posts a day how the hell would you know if someone did post with a political agenda; are you claiming you review them all? Someone with a political agenda would post to /b/ because it's anonymous, yet something like Palin's emails would get lots of exposure. They may even figure posting to /b/ would confuse morons into thinking there was no political motivation.

I can't believe that people... (Below threshold)
doomah:

I can't believe that people think this was some attack orchestrated by the left. 4chan is a site that is home to everyone, left, right and the middle. People post PLENTY of stuff making fun of barack. They do not discriminate

Congratulations on complete... (Below threshold)
Anonymous:

Congratulations on completely fucking up this story. Anon is not a left wing group. They are not left wing, they are not right wing. The only thing they care about is the lulz, the humour that can be gained in a situation. I don't understand why idiots like you and Bill ORLY think it's okay to simply make things up.




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