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Isn't the central issue here that Gov. Palin was using this email address to discuss state business? Now, from what I can see, Alaska law allows a governor to claim executive privilege if she is seeking advice from her aides in her communications, but that is heavily qualified. If those communications are requested, they must be reviewed by a third party who then has to explain what the communications were about and why the governor is claiming executive privilege. But all of this assumes that the governor is using her state email address to begin with, rather than skirting the records request issue entirely by using an address that journalists, legislators, and her constituents may not even know about. Dave is right. What this kid did does not legally qualify as "hacking." I would go a step further and say that what he did qualifies as heroic.
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