Thursday, September 18, 2008

Obama's Computer Hacker Is Like "Tricky Dick" Nixon's "Plumbers"

Just as Nixon had his "plumbers" breaking in at the Watergate in order to look for dirt on his political opponents, Obama enjoys the support of at least one computer geek who hacked into Governor Palin's personal email account to do some opposition research. Sam Gustin at reports:

It took a hacker 45 minutes to break into G.O.P. vice-presidential candidate Sarah Palin's Yahoo email account, according to a first-person dispatch posted on, the bulletin board where the original emails were published.

In the post, which has since been removed, but I've posted in its entirety below, someone named "rubico" says they reset Palin's password using information publicly available on the internet, and a little bit of logic. As in, "Where did you meet your spouse?" Wasilla High, of course.

After reading Palin's email, "rubico" writes, "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."

Already, Web sleuths have connected "rubico" to an email account belonging to a college student in from a southern state with famliy ties to state Democratic politics. Most bloggers are not naming the person or their father, because they haven't been formally charged by the authorities, though the identity can be found through some simple Googling.

Apparently when it comes to attempting to smear the opposition, the end always justifies the means for some Obama supporters. How Nixonian!

Please note: The postings of "G. Morris", written by John K. Bush and which end in 2016, stated his views as of the dates of posting and should not be understood as current assertions of his views. The postings, which have not been altered since they came to an end, remain on this blog to preserve the historical record. In 2017, Mr. Bush took a position that precludes further public political comments or endorsements. He will no longer be contributing to this blog.

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