Tuesday, 14 June 2011

There's a 22-day gap in Sarah Palin's e-mails...

Andrée McLeod sent me a copy of a press release about the missing e-mails:

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE            Monday, June 13, 2011

Anchorage, Alaska: Alaska resident and registered Republican Andrée McLeod has written the Alaska governor and attorney general asking why there is a huge 22-day gap of missing emails in the close to 25,000 of Palin emails that were released in Juneau, Alaska by the State of Alaska on June 10, 2011. (See email below)

McLeod asks, “I write to inquire about a huge 22-day gap in Palin’s emails that were released ...by your office. That’s almost a month’s worth of missing Palin emails!”

McLeod called the governor’s office Monday morning, June 13, 2011, to ask about the missing emails. She was told that no one else had called to ask about them.

McLeod continued, “Palin’s standard practice of operating government through secret back-channels with private email accounts on unsecured and unprotected servers violates the freedoms that the Alaska Public Records Act guarantees us and infringes on our right to know about the inner workings of our government.”

Alaska Governor Parnell and Attorney General Burns received McLeod’s communication Monday night. McLeod hopes to receive an explanation as to why there is such a huge gap in the release of Palin’s emails. “Where are the emails? Where did they go?” McLeod asks.


From: Andree McLeod
To: 'sean.parnell@alaska.gov'; 'johnjburns@alaska.gov'
Cc: Don C. Mitchell (Dcraigm@aol.com); 'Perez, Linda J (GOV)'

Governor Parnell and Attorney General Burns,

I write to alert you and to inquire about a huge 22-day gap in Palin’s emails that were distributed on Friday, June 10, 2011 by your office. That’s almost a month’s worth of missing Palin emails!

Sarah Palin was sworn in as governor on December 4, 2006. There are about 7 pages of a few emails that span from December 4-8, 2006…and then the dates shoot right up to only one on December 30, 2006…while the rest of the emails begin again on January 2, 2007 and onward.

There is no mention of this 22-day gap of missing Palin emails listed in the Alaska Public Records Request Privilege Log either.

Where are these emails? Where did they go?

The last email before the 22-day gap was from DNR employee Marty Rutherford on December 8, 2006, and states:

Thank you so much!! I have the Governor's personal email as well, so I'll just
use that for awhile.

This was in response to Michelle Fabrello:

I wanted to let you know that this is a "public" address for the Governor, it is not one that she has access to. I check this account daily, and can forward things on, but I am worried that emails might get missed as there are times when I am unable check it for hours. KrisPerry might have a better email address for her.
Thanks so much,
Michelle Fabrello
Coordinator for Constituent Relations

I would appreciate a prompt response to this serious and important inquiry. Why is there such a huge gap in the emails Sarah Palin sent or received between December 8 through December 30, 2006?

Where are these emails? Where did they go?


Andrée McLeod

BTW Sean: In my review of the emails, I noticed that your personal private email account sparnell@alaska.com was used a heck of a lot more extensively than you’ve let on to the media.

It’s imperative that a law be passed to prohibit the use of private email account for official business so the people’s business is protected and secure…and not at risk of getting hacked as was done with Sarah’s emails.

[Link to the December 8, 2006 exchange.]