Alleged Palin E-Mail Hacker Indicted

Ainsley Jones

The hacking of U.S. vice-presidential candidate and Alaska Governer Sarah Palin's personal e-mail account led to a search of the apartment of 20-year-old David Kernell and his three roommates by federal investigators.


CNET News reports that Kernell, a University of Tennessee student and son of Tennessee state representative Mike Kernell, turned himself over to federal investigators and will be arraigned by Judge C. Clifford Shirley. Kernell is being indicted on charges that on Sep. 16, he intentionally accessed the governor's e-mail without authorization and posted screen shots of the account to a public Web site.


If convicted, Kernell faces a maximum of five years in prison, a $250,000 fine, and three years of supervised release. No court date has been set yet.


The controversy surrounding Palin's use of her Yahoo account was further fueled by reports of another private e-mail account through ITS Alaska.

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