Sarah Palin’s Emails To Be Released

Media outlets aim to crowdsource the investigation

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The long-delayed trove of digital correspondence between Sarah Palin and about fifty state officials will finally be released tomorrow. Many are anxious as to what might be revealed in the emails, while some believe that they probably won’t provide any new, earth-shattering information.

The emails were requested by many journalists during the 2008 Presidential campaign, as Palin was obviously a big player as the Republican VP candidate. The release of the emails has been delayed on multiple occasions, with Alaska officials saying they didn’t have the proper technology to accommodate the requests.

But in January, the Alaska attorney general directed that the emails should be released. And tomorrow, at 9am local time in the capital of Juneau, 24,199 emails will be made public. The emails will cover Palin’s time as Governor, spanning from the beginning of 2007 to September of 2008. Current Alaskan’s Governor Sean Parnell is keeping some 2,000 emails private.

Many of the major news outlets will have people on the ground tomorrow to begin to go through and analyze the emails for possible stories. Two organizations are requesting the help of amateur journalists to comb through the massive cache.

The Washington Post, on its blog The Fix, has a post today entitled “Help analyze the Palin emails.” They are limiting the participants to 100, who will be working in small teams to uncover any important information:

That’s a lot of e-mail for us to review so we’re looking for some help from Fix readers to analyze, contextualize, and research those e-mails right alongside Post reporters over the days following the release.

We are limiting this to just 100 spots for people who will work collaboratively in small teams to surface the most important information from the e-mails. Participants can join from anywhere with a computer and an Internet connection.

Here’s what their request form looks like:


The Washington Post has also set up a Twitter account simply for this purpose. @PalinEmails went live yesterday.

Sign up to help reporters and @TheFix sift through #PalinEmails tomorrow. We’ve got just 100 spots. http://t.co/fqxYyx3(image) 4 hours ago via web · powered by @socialditto

The New York Times is also getting in on the fun, asking readers to help investigate the Palin emails on their politics blog The Caucus.

We’re asking readers to help us identify interesting and newsworthy e-mails, people and events that we may want to highlight. Interested users can fill out a simple form to describe the nature of the e-mail, and provide a name and e-mail address so we’ll know who should get the credit. Join us here on Friday afternoon and into the weekend to participate.

If you requested copies of the Palin emails, they will cost you three cents a page. That adds up to $725.97. They will come in five 55 pound boxes.

Palin herself has commented on the email release, saying that everything there is to know is probably already known. She does have some worries, as she told Fox News host Chris Wallace:

“A lot of those e-mails obviously weren’t meant for public consumption,” she said, and people who read them will “never truly know what the context of each one of the e-mails was.”

This story is bound to become pretty political, and fast. Judging by the comments over on Politico, there is plenty of opinions coming in from both sides regarding the release. Some say that this is an example of the liberal media continuing to hound someone they don’t like. Others say that a transparent government is essential to democracy, and if Palin has nothing to hide, she shouldn’t be worried.


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  • Guest

    So what’s the story here? Why are they releasing the emails? Is it a requirement or something? Is she running for office? Was it a court order?

  • aaron fleszar

    Washington is making up all the headlines and the stories for the media to report on. Want proof? Sarah Palin’s emails will be released on Friday.

    How many coincidences does it take to make something more than a coincidence?

    Sarah Palin a Maverick
    John McCain a Maverick
    Maverick Mark Cuban appears to be the Rich Jerk in the Rich Jerk videos
    Robert Johnson Rich Jerk appears to be Tony Rezko who sold Obama real estate
    Sarah Palin’s basketball name (Barrac-uda) as in Barack-uda
    Barack Obama’s basketball name (O’Bomber)
    Mr. internet technology (Ma)verick (Ma)rk Cuba-n was under investigation of insider trading for a company called (Ma)mma. Sarah Palin coined the phrase “(ma)(ma) grizzly” (Ma)verick (Ma)rk Cuban produced a movie through (Ma)gnolia Pictures called Redacted. Sarah Palin’s 24,199 emails will have a lot of information which will be “redacted.” Why not release 24,000 emails, why the strange number? The Rich Jerk program originally sold for $199, must be another odd coincidence. Probably as odd as the first testimonial on The Rich Jerk site being from Mark Joyner, who’s actually FBI most wanted terrorist Seif al-Adel.

    I said it before and I’ll say it again, Sarah Palin is a federally fabricated person. Her identity as governor of Alaska was fabricated by the feds. If I’m making all of this up, she would sue me, and the FBI and secret service would arrest me. Sarah’s last name is short for palindrome. George SOROS(a palindrome) has been credited with collapsing a number of nations currencies and speaks of a New World Order.

    Osama Bin Laden is also a code;
    (Os) ?
    (ama) ?
    (Bi) ?
    (nla) ?
    (den) ?
    Osama is the look alike for Obama/Biden (Bi)nla(den)


  • Mike Streadwick

    Why is Governor Parnell allowed to keep 2,000 of them private?

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