I can’t wait to hear the lefty sites condemn this

But don’t hold your breath.
Question for the Federal lawyers out there: In addition to the hacking crime, is this wire fraud? Are there any statutes this can be prosecuted under besides teh hacking statute? Just curious. Everyone even peripherally involved in this should be charged with a crime:

Sometime early this morning, between approximately 3:00am – 4:00am, members of an infamous group of hackers broke into Gov. Sarah Palin’s private Yahoo e-mail account. The incriminating discussion threads included screenshots of Palin’s e-mail and private e-mail addresses of her contacts. The threads have since been deleted.
Hacking e-mail is a federal crime. A TV anchor who broke into his colleague’s e-mail account recently pleaded guilty and faces a maximum five years in prison.
The law will catch up to the hackers, but what about the lowlifes who are now gleefully splashing the alleged contents of Palin’s private e-mail account all over the Internet?
The Gawker smear machine — see here for all the background you need — has posted private family photos of Palin’s children that were apparently stolen from the e-mail account.
They have used Bristol Palin’s illegally obtained private cell phone number from her mom’s private account, recorded her voicemail message, and posted it on their website.
They have reprinted her husband Todd’s private e-mail address and son Track’s private e-mail address.
You think this is just a harmless prank? Those of you who have had to deal with break-ins and identity theft know exactly what a burdensome process it is to recover from crimes like this.
Gawker knowingly and deliberately published illegally obtained photos of the Palin children.
Where are the privacy absolutists now?
You think Palin Derangement Syndrome is bad now? These by-any-means-necessary lunatics are just warming up.
Let me repeat what I said about Nick Denton and his slime businesses in 2006. It’s every bit as relevant now. And I expect the same cowards who said nothing then to remain silent about the violations of the Palin family’s privacy now[.]

(H/T Michelle Malkin via Ziva)

5 thoughts on “I can’t wait to hear the lefty sites condemn this”

  1. “Everyone even peripherally involved in this should be charged with a crime:”
    Respectfully, that’s spoken like a true non-lawyer. The only people who should be charged with crimes are those who actually committed crimes. And going back the Pentagon Papers cases, it’s clear that the First Amendment protects people from criminal prosecution for PUBLISHING material obtained illegally: it’s only the illegalities of obtaining the information that can actually be charged (i.e., the hackers themselves, not anyone who spread what the hackers first got: yes, wire fraud seems a valid charge on top of the hacking statute, and a separate count for each item the hackers took and each time they sent it to someone else).
    What the First Amendment may not protect the publishers from is civil litigation by the Palin family, most likely under a state-law invasion of privacy tort theory.

  2. What if someone directly with the Obama campaign is involved? Say, someone was payed for services rendered? And what if someone in the Obama campaign made sure this information was published?

  3. Did Biden, Edwards, Lieberman or Gore’s personal accounts ever been hacked when they were running? Did Biden, Edwards, Lieberman or Gore have their children’s cell phone number published? Did Biden, Edwards, Lieberman or Gore get interrupted at their conventions by anarchists? Did Biden, Edwards, Lieberman or Gore get questioned about whether they could juggle fatherhood with office? Did Biden, Edwards, Lieberman or Gore get falsely accused of banning books? …speaking in tongues? …faking a pregnancy? This is the kind of shit that makes people like me say they’ll crawl over broken glass to vote for her. I’ve never seen anyone treated like this in my entire time of following politics.

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