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Sarah Palin emails released!

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  1. Invisible

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    Written by: Ewen MacAskill in Juneau, Friday 10 June 2011

    Sarah Palin's emails date from her inauguration as governor of Alaska in 2006 through to being propelled to fame as the Republican vice-presidential candidate in 2008. Photograph: Charles Krupa/AP

    Thousands of Sarah Palin's emails dating from her time as governor of Alaska have been released in a move that opponents say could damage a potential run for the White House.

    The emails, copies of which were handed to the Guardian in six crates, date from her inauguration as governor in 2006 through to 2008, when she was propelled to fame as the Republican vice-presidential candidate. The period coincides with Palin's giddy rise and fall in approval ratings, culminating with a series of rows, including an ethics investigation and a falling-out with her running mate, John McCain.

    Palin's critics say she and her allies stalled a freedom of information request for the emails made in September 2008. But Linda Perez, administrative director to the present Alaska governor, Sean Parnell, a Palin ally, denied there had been any obstruction. "It was the sheer volume," she said. "Nothing else."

    In all the state of Alaska handed over 24,199 pages of printed emails to the Guardian and other media organisations that had applied for copies. Guardian reporters are sifting the documents for stories. A team of data journalists will be publishing thousands of the raw emails as quickly as possible to allow readers to scan them for interesting material. Readers are being asked to tag unread mails according to the subjects they cover and how interesting they are, and alert our editors to those which warrant further investigation.

    The release comes the week after Palin's highly publicised bus tour of the east coast in which she said she was still considering whether to seek the Republican nomination for the 2012 White House race.

    In an interview last week with Fox, Palin said she was relaxed about the emails because every rock that could be kicked over had been. But a note of caution crept in when she added that "a lot of those emails obviously weren't meant for public consumption". She has a semi-authorised version of her time as governor due to be released next month as a documentary.

    Earlier email releases highlighted the big role that Palin's husband, Todd, played behind the scenes in her administration. But those releases are dwarfed by this one.

    Such is the level of interest in Palin that 15 US media organisations including CNN, Fox, the New York Times and the Washington Post crowded into the court building in the state capital to take possession of their copies. The main value of the emails will be in offering insight into Palin's character. Her critics portray her as vindictive, small-minded and paranoid, more focused on celebrity than policy. Her supporters, including members of the Tea Party movement, blame such negative appraisals on a liberal media out to get her, citing bias in their failure to request the emails of Barack Obama and other prominent Democrats.

    Andree McLeod, a longtime Palin critic who lives in Anchorage and is among the private citizens who made the original freedom of information request, said: "The emails will demonstrate Sarah's fly-by-the-seat-of-your-pants administration … the loose, rogue kind of government she ran."

    McLeod is sceptical about how much damaging information will come out, given the length of time Palin and her lawyers have had to go through them. About 2,275 emails have been withheld and some of the 24,199 have been redacted.

    Perez said that with the release on Friday staff would begin working on freedom of information requests dealing with Palin's remaining time in office, up to her resignation in July 2009.

    The Guardian has this week been the target of rightwing ire for reporting that Sarah Palin would be denied a meeting with one of her political idols, Lady Thatcher, on the grounds that it would be "belittling" for the former British prime minister.
    The conservative radio host Rush Limbaugh denounced as "preposterous" the report ahead of Palin's brief visit to London next month.

    A Thatcher ally had told the Guardian that aides of the former Iron Lady, who is in poor health, would ensure she had an "off day" if necessary during Palin's visit to avoid her.

  2. MaxShimba

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    It's fun watching all the palinites get frenzied. They're like a stirred-up ant pile.
  3. Nyambala

    Nyambala JF-Expert Member

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    Ukifikiria rim ya karatasi na ukubwaa wote ule ziko 500 na hizi ni mpya and well compressed. 24,000 ni rim kama 48 of loose papers. Anyways huyu mama has a potential ya kuiharibia GOP maana kakiingia kwenye race focus yote itakuwa kwake na probably she'll clinch the nomination in rep. primaries but will never get elected.
    Na hii ni nini tena???