Democrat Hacker of Sarah Palin Email Indicted

October 8, 2008 · Filed Under News, Sarah Palin ·  

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The hacker who broke into Sarah Palin’s Yahoo email account has been indicted.

The apparent culprit is David Kernell, sons of a Democratic state representative in Tennessee, according to The Smoking Gun.

David Kernell, 20, was charged with illegally accessing Palin’s Yahoo! account “by researching and correctly answering a series of personal security questions,” according to an indictment filed in U.S. District Court in Knoxville.

David KernellAfter accessing Palin’s account, Kernell, pictured at right, allegedly changed its password to “popcorn” and made screenshots of the account’s directory as well as certain messages, photos, and “other personal information.”

Those screenshots eventually were widely distributed online. If convicted of the felony charge, Kernell, an economics major at the University of Tennessee, faces a maximum of five years in prison and a $250,000 fine.

Tennessee Representative Mike Kernell of Memphis claims he had nothing to do with the email hacking, according to

Kernell pleaded “not guilty” today. Stay tuned for developments.