Hackers and their accomplices after the fact
Let's not forget Gawker which first published Palin's hacked emails, writing
Now comes word that Anonymous, the fun-loving Internet trouble-makers based loosely around the message board 4Chan, gained access to another Palin email account: firstname.lastname@example.org. It looks legit! The offending posts, screenshots, heretofore unseen family photos, and emails have all been deleted from Imageshack and 4Chan. But we have them.
"We didn't publish Bristol's phone number. (Tho we did call it. And we did publish shrunk screenshots of the emails.) You know also that we'd have no hesitation in publishing similar info about Obama or Biden. If we're sleazebags, we're equal-opportunity sleazebags."
THEY TOLD ME THAT IF GEORGE W. BUSH WERE RE-ELECTED, no one's email would be safe from the prying of jackbooted thugs motivated by politics, not national security. And they were right!