Beyond the Palin (updated)

A group calling itself “anonymous” (sound familiar?) hacked into Sarah Palin’s private Yahoo email account and posted excerpts online.

And people wonder why we don’t see high-quality, or even “normal” people, run for public office.  First you have to submit financial information beyond even what the IRS wants.  Then the real fun starts.  The opposition sends in an army of lawyers looking into everything you’ve ever said or written.  They’ll talk to your enemies, ex-spouses if you have any, former business partners, their ex-spouses and disgruntled former subordinates.  Journalists will make stuff up.  Hollywood and TV entertainers will imitate you unflatteringly, mock you and call you everything evil.  They’ll dig into your children’s lives and post their pictures everywhere.  Strangers will forward invented emails and internet hoaxes.  Your photos will be photo-shopped and posted on the internet.  Hope to goodness that you have no real photos or cell-phone captures that might be embarrassing.

And now they hack into your private emails and post them online.

This is the most despicable and truly anti-democratic move I’ve seen in my lifetime in America.  It genuinely endangers our way of government and our way of life.  Not even Larry Flynt’s paying people to expose the secret sexual exploits of Republicans tops this.

Would someone please hack into “anonymous” and tell us all about him/her/them?

Update from Rick Moran:

Sarah Palin's private email account on Yahoo was hacked early yesterday morning and her personal information - including private family photos - were plastered all over the internet.

The crime was perpetrated by a hacker who belongs to a loose knit group of anarchist-like internet posters who call themselves "Anonymous." Michelle Malkin has the
complete story here along with some choice words for the internet gossip site Gawker, who republished the screencaps downloaded from Palin's email account as well as calling the illegally obtained cell number of Bristol Palin, recording her voicemail response, and putting that on their site as well.

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?

Indeed, there are several lefty blogs who not only republished the material but are ignoring the gross violation of her privacy in favor of reporting on a half dozen or so emails that could be construed as being government related. Of course, as this liberal law blog points out, any evidence obtained through the illegal hacking is inadmissable so one wonders what they are trying to accomplish by speculating about the subject matter contained in private emails illegally downloaded from Palin's personal email account.

What this shows is that the atmosphere created by the press and other liberal websites has enabled criminals like this hacker. With their "anything goes" attitude in smearing Palin, unbalanced kooks get the idea that they can do anything. In fact, as the perpetrator himself makes clear (he posted an explanation on the discussion forum), he committed the crime because the thought his fellow inmates would be proud of him:

I read though the emails... ALL OF THEM... before I posted, and what I concluded was anticlimactic, there was nothing there, nothing incriminating, nothing that would derail her campaign as I had hoped, all I saw was personal stuff, some clerical stuff from when she was governor.... And pictures of her family

I then started a topic on /b/ [nickname of the website: ed.], peeps asked for pics or gtfo and I obliged, then it started to get big

Earlier it was just some prank to me, I really wanted to get something incriminating which I was sure there would be, just like all of you anon out there that you think there was some missed opportunity of glory, well there WAS NOTHING, I read everything, every little blackberry confirmation... all the pictures, and there was nothing, and it finally set in, THIS internet was serious business, yes I was behind a proxy, only one, if this sh*t ever got to the FBI I was f**ked, I panicked, i still wanted the stuff out there but I didn't know how to rapidsh*t all that stuff, so I posted the pass on /b/, and then promptly deleted everything, and unplugged my internet and just sat there in a comatose state.

Someone has got to stop this madness. Today it's Palin's email. What will it be tomorrow?
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