Sarah Palin e-mails: What was redacted?

So what’s missing?

Among the 14,482 emails that were sent or received by then-Gov. Sarah Palin (R), Alaska officials released just over 11,000 without altering them. But they also redacted some information from more than 2,300.

And they held back 953 entirely.

For each of these, state officials provided only a brief summary of their reasons for keeping the information hidden. Many are marked “executive/deliberative process.” Others say the information is protected because of attorney-client privilege.

Others refer to Article 1, Section 22 of Alaska’s constitution: “The right of the people to privacy is recognized and shall not be infringed.”

The information left out is often described as discussions over public-policy issues-- polar bears, aerial wolf hunts and “tribal banishment” are among those listed. Others concern official appointments.

In some cases, the reason for the redaction was not clear. One says what was redacted was an “email message re: children, dinner and prayer.” “E-mail message re: Ear column,” says another. “Email message re: Pt. Hope caribou waste investigation,” another says.

David A. Fahrenthold covers Congress for the Washington Post. He has been at the Post since 2000, and previously covered (in order) the D.C. police, New England, and the environment.
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