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Posted at 01:13 PM ET, 03/07/2011

UPDATED: No record of FBI nabbing Palin stalker

Politico's Ben Smith reports that an original Daily Mirror report cited by Fox News (and cited in this blog post) that reported Shawn Christy had been arrested was wrong.

Politico's Ben Smith reports that an original Daily Mirror report cited by Fox News (and cited in this blog post) that reported Shawn Christy had been arrested was wrong.

According to Politico's Smith, the Mirror report appeared to be an exaggeration of a statement Palin's father Chuck Heath made during an interview with the BBC :

JL: And people have threatened her life?
CH: Oh yeah, oh yeah. And her kids too.
JL: In what way, what are they saying?
CH: A good example is one guy from Pennsylvania. He sent us and other people copies of a gun he'd bought, copies of a receipt for a gun he bought, copies of a one-way ticket to Anchorage. We kind of laugh it off, we got a restraining order on him, and lo and behold last week he showed up in Anchorage, from Pennsylvania, and fortunately the FBI was on top of it and sent him home.

Smith goes on to write that Eric Gonzalez, a spokesman for the FBI's Anchorage field office said the stories were false, and that an Alaska state police spokeswoman and a spokeswoman for the Anchorage Police Department had no record of any contact with Christy.

Note: The original headline on this post, which read "FBI nabs teenage Palin stalker" has been changed.


The FBI has arrested a teenager who sent threatening letters to former Alaska governor Sarah Palin, warning her to "watch her back" and claiming he had purchased a gun and a one-way ticket to Alaska.

Shawn Christy, 19, was arrested in Palin's home state of Alaska after Palin won a six-month restraining order against him in October. The order required that Christy stay a mile away from Palin's home and from a Wasilla-area high school. An order of protection was also issued for Palin's friend, Kristan Cole, who testified that Christy had been contacting her since 2009, sending her a letter with proof of a gun purchase and the claim that he had an affair with Palin.

In an interview with the Associated Press in September, Palin's attorney, Thomas Van Flien, said Christy had "risen to the top of the dozens and dozens of people" who have threatened Palin since she was tapped as the Republican vice presidential nominee in 2008.

Fox News reported Monday that Palin's family has revealed Christy was held in Anchorage, 50 miles from their home in Wasilla. The FBI has ordered Christy to return to his home state of Pennsylvania.

(h/t Fox News, Associated Press)

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