Sarah Palin protested home access in trooper investigation

In August, 2008, then-Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin (R) questioned the access officials had to her bedroom computer as part of the investigation over her firing of the state public safety commissioner.

Staff in the governor’s mansion incorrectly assumed that Palin had been told that her hard drive was being copied for preservation by the Department of Law before the legislative “Troopergate” probe began.

She wrote in an e-mail, “I understand that someone recently went to my Gov’s House bedroom and to one of the House offices to get emails from computers — who, when, etc conducted this search of my bedroom’s computer and the other house computer?”

Palin added that she needed to know about any access to her bedroom “so that I don’t falsely assume my kids have moved my possessions around, and for other obvious reasons.”

When Palin was told that the hard drive on her computer was copied by government officials at the request of the state’s department of law, Palin responded, “It’s unacceptable that whomever is in charge of this ‘investigation’ did not inform me or grant my approval before proceeding. I’m dumbfounded by the way this is developing.”

Executive residence manager Erika Fagerstrom responded, “With all due respect — I believe there’s some confusion as to who had access to your computers and the House. It was not the investigator, but our guys in the Dept. of Law who requested the information to preserve it in advance — before the investigators have access to it.”

Palin replied, “My mention of ‘investigators’ is in the context of our own internal investigators, I am aware it was our own people accessing my bedroom, the computer, and (for now) the computer’s content. No confusion there.”

Rachel Weiner covers local politics for The Washington Post.

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