FBI searches Kernell apt., roommates subpoenaed

FBI searches Kernell apt., roommates subpoenaed

Summary: The FBI searched the apartment of David Kernell, the son of a Democratic Tennessee state representative, suspected of breaking into Sarah Palin's Yahoo email account. Three of his roommates could testify before a Chattanooga grand jury.

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The FBI searched the apartment of David Kernell, the son of a Democratic Tennessee state representative, suspected of breaking into Sarah Palin's Yahoo email account. Three of his roommates could testify before a Chattanooga grand jury.

And, hey, once you've hacked the governor's email (because, it's clear, this account was used for official business; it wasn't just her account for family photos) and the entire Internet has fingered you as the culprit, why not throw a party? Apparently that's what Kernell was doing because the FBI broke up a party when they stopped by to serve the search warrant.

To be fair, maybe the roommates were throwing the party and Kernell was moping silently in the corner with sweat dripping down his face and staring at his phone showing 346 missed calls.

Reports local TV station KBIR:

[S]everal agents arrived at The Commons of Knoxville around midnight. They presented their badges upon entering Kernell's apartment, where several students were having a party, and took down their names.

The witness tells us they asked him and those who did not live in the unit to go outside. He believes the investigators took about 1.5 to 2 hours taking pictures of everything inside the apartment.

Witnesses say Kernell and his friends fled the apartment when the FBI agents arrived. Kernell's three roommates were also subpoenaed, and must testify this week in Chattanooga, according to the witness.

Meanwhile, Gabriel Ramuglia, webmaster of Ctunnel, the proxy service used to attack the Yahoo account, has identified the IP user of the perpetrator but he doesn't think it points to Kernell, Computerworld reports.

"Because I'm not in contact with the Internet service provider, I'm not 100% sure of where the IP is based," he said. "But from what I can tell, the IP address doesn't look consistent with the media reports."

The FBI will be able to close the loop, though, with the records of the ISP to which that IP address is assigned. Ramuglia said it is a small, residential ISP.

A grand jury will convene on Tuesday.

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  • I have yet to see a single ....

    .... Official Business Email published! Not One. Quit spreading the liberal talking points that she used her private Email for official business until you ca produce a single shred of proof!
    ShadeTree
    • Staff admits it

      From the Juneau Empire: (http://www.juneauempire.com/stories/091608/sta_333013278.shtml)

      She is allowed to keep e-mails confidential if they fall into certain categories, such as "deliberative process," said her press secretary, Bill McAllister.

      And, he said later, she appropriately uses her personal Yahoo account for political activities.

      "I don't hear any public clamor for access to internal communications of the governor's office," McAllister said. "I know there are some people out there blogging and talking who would like to embarrass the governor by taking an internal communication and spinning it in some fashion."
      rkoman9
      • These statements do not say she uses ...

        ... her personal account to conduct official business.

        "She is allowed to keep e-mails confidential if they fall into certain categories, such as "deliberative process," said her press secretary, Bill McAllister."

        Does not say anything about her using a private account only what she is allowed to keep confidential!

        "And, he said later, she appropriately uses her personal Yahoo account for political activities."

        Again nothing that says she is using private Email to conduct official business.

        ""I don't hear any public clamor for access to internal communications of the governor's office," McAllister said. "I know there are some people out there blogging and talking who would like to embarrass the governor by taking an internal communication and spinning it in some fashion."

        Also says nothing about her using a private account to conduct official business.

        There is no admission as you claim. If there had been abuses it would have shown up on the web site when her mail was hacked. Show me the smoking gun or get off of it!
        ShadeTree
        • It's a confession.

          There's the smoking gun, RIGHT THERE, the disclaimer that her mails are 'protected' because she illegally used a private account to bypass the Alaska Open Records Act.
          mykmlr9
          • It doesn't say that.

            Political business is not state business. State business is state business. Political business concerns party business, that is partisan activities such as fund raisers, vetting political appointees, even discussions to media inquiries which concern political decisions.
            Under Title 40.21.150 a public ""record" means any document, paper, book, letter, drawing, map, plat, photo, photographic file, motion picture film, microfilm, microphotograph, exhibit, magnetic or paper tape, punched card, electronic record, or other document of any other material, regardless of physical form or characteristic, developed or received under law or in connection with the transaction of official business."
            Despite what you might like to think every message that a political figure writes is not a public record, not even when it is to another political figure.
            Appointing someone to a position in government is official business. Vetting that person is political business not official business.
            Any other stance is basically left wing talking points.
            carlino
          • Wrong as always.

            ALL is what it says carlino.
            it is not for her to decide which.
            mykmlr9
          • It is for her to decide

            If she uses government resources for non official business, that would be illegal.
            Vatar
          • The notion that the POLITICAL activities and GOVERNMENT activities

            of a POLITICIAN can be clearly delineated as you describe is, to put it generously, extraordinarily silly.
            bmerc
          • Untrue!

            By most states' laws, campaigning activities or fundraising activities are not permitted to be conducted using taxpayer-provided facilities, including the network infrastructure. Those particular political activities are clearly delineated from governmental activities. Deliberative items could include MANY things, including questions to legal advisors regarding possible appointees.
            nancyjones36507
          • No where does it say that!

            What are you smoking?
            ShadeTree
          • There's a difference tho...

            You can have political email that's NOT part of the official business of the state of Alaska.

            If say, the Governator sends her and her hubby an invite to a fund raiser BBQ at their home in Sacramento, it would be considered "political" and yet, have nothing to do with the running of the state of Alaska.

            From a freedom of speech point of view, I'd say that would not be a big deal.

            The bottom line - we don't know what's in those emails. Speculation is just so much mental m@sturbation - a worthless exercise. From what WAS posted, there didn't seem to be anything relating to Alaska, the state, the running of, etc...
            Wolfie2K3
      • No Proof

        I read the whole article and there is still no proof she was using the email account for Official Business,only people like you speculating. I also read all the emails there were released just after the hack and there was NO official business going on.
        She was what i call shop talking in the emails,nothing more. We all shop talk during work,after work,during dinner etc etc.

        If it comes out later then she should get whats coming to her but quit spreading lies with no proof.
        Stan57
  • RE: FBI searches Kernell apt., roommates subpoenaed

    Another attempt of the media to slander someone to get an article out whom the police said "has identified the IP user of the perpetrator but he doesn???t think it points to Kernell".
    Creeping Critter
  • subpoenae

    I think its funny they subpoenae this guy for messing with the stupid yahoo password recovery. But all these stupid politicians who get subpoenae nothing happens to. Like Cheney, or the whole troopergate thing with Palin. But no not this poor guy. Ya it was stupid of him but is it really that big of a deal? Compared to troopergate and stuff. CMON!
    Cheeseman111
    • Separation of Powers and ....

      Executive Privilege are involved when you are talking about the Vice President. There are constitutional questions to be answered when one branch of the government files papers on another.
      ShadeTree
      • Wrong.

        The constitution, said the U.S. Supreme Court in re: Agnew's claim, does not extend protection of executive privilege to anyone BUT THE PRESIDENT.
        This is settled law, there are no issues.
        Cheney is in contempt and an honest administration would have him in jail.
        mykmlr9
        • Try taking your own political view out of this...

          "Cheney is in contempt and an honest administration would have him in jail."
          Are you joking or just that foolish? Do you really think any leader is going to just have their 2nd in charge thrown "in jail"? That would be so dumb even George W. would not do that, oh and he hasn't. Regardless of your views, try to stay on topic, I know it is hard for Left Wingers to do, but you don't hear the Right bringing up Bill, cigars or blue dresses do you?
          riveroad
          • What is the oath of office?

            "To faithfully execute all laws..."
            IT's Bush's JOB to put him in jail!
            mykmlr9
          • it is not his job to interpret the laws

            the president is NOT responsible for enforcing the laws or any judicial mandate. that is the job of Law enforcement and the judicial wing. Bush's only direct responsibility is to execute the law, not enforce it, idiot.
            riveroad
          • Oh, talk about stupid.

            Hello, WHO DOES THE DEPT. OF JUSTICE REPORT TO?
            Hmm?
            It is HIS JOB TO ENFORCE.
            interpretaion is up to the court.
            Court already said that VP does not have executive privilege.
            mykmlr9