Sarah Palin accused of hacking

The world was all abuzz when former republican deputy presidential hopeful Sarah Palin took the stand Friday in the trial of Former University of Tennessee student David Kernell.

Kernell is charged with hacking Palin’s Yahoo! e-mail account during the period while Palin campaigned in the 2008 presidential campaign.

Kernell could get  50 years in prison over this incident. He would be 72 years old when he gets out of prison.

Hacks from the Anchorage Daily News asked her if she thought the charges against Kernell were excessive and she told them she thought there should be consequences for bad behaviour.

Fair enough, after all if every hacker got 50 years that would tell people something right?

We assume then she would be demanding that she is arrested and charged with hacking into a state employees’ computer back in 2004.

An article in the Anchorage Daily News said in 2004 that  Sarah Palin hacked Randy Ruedrich’s computer to find some dirt on him.  What she was hoping to find was proof that the state Republican Party boss had broken the state ethics law while a member of the Alaska Oil and Gas Conservation Commission.

She noticed that Ruedrich had removed his pictures from the walls and the personal effects from his desk. But as she and an AOGCC technician worked their way around his computer password at the behest of an assistant attorney general in Fairbanks, they found his cleanup had not extended to his electronic files.

The technician “said it looked like he tried to delete this, but she knew a way to go around and get some of the deleted stuff.” Palin said in an interview. “I didn’t know what I was looking for, but I was there.”

She found dozens of e-mail messages and documents stacked up in trash folders, many showing work Ruedrich had been doing for the Republican Party and others showing how closely he worked with at least one company he was supposed to be regulating.

Much later, Ruedrich settled state ethics charges June 22 by paying a record $12,000 civil fine and admitting wrongdoing.

Her argument is that she found evidence of wrongdoing so it was “good behaviour”,  however if Kernell thought he might find something wrong doing in Palin’s emails that is 50 years in jail in the former vice presidential nominee’s universe. If charged, and then convicted, she would be very very old when she got out of clink.