Alaska to Release Sarah Palin Emails During Her Time as Governor

June 1, 2011


The state of Alaska is set to release more than 24000 pages of emails sent and received by Sarah Palin during her governorship, in response to Freedom of Information Act requests dating back to the 2008 presidential elections.  The former governor of Alaska has tried to delay the email release covering the first 21 months of Palin’s tenure, saying it would be expensive and too time-consuming.  Emails set to be released by June 10 from both Palin’s private and state accounts, will be sent to news agencies, including the AP, MSNBC, and The New York Times. Each media organization will receive five boxes of emails, weighing 55 pounds apiece. They’ll have to pay for hundreds of dollars in shipping, in addition to $725.97 in copying fees, according to the Anchorage Daily News.  Palin and top aides were known for using private accounts to communicate, and emails sent via those accounts that are related to state business will be among those released.  Some of the emails will be at least partially blacked out at state lawyers’ recommendations, while 2,275 pages are being withheld for reasons including attorney-client, work product or executive privilege.


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