A jury in Tennessee has convicted a former student of hacking the e-mail account of US politician Sarah Palin, Associated Press news agency reports.
David Kernell, 22, was found guilty of obstructing justice and unauthorised access to a computer.
He faces up to 20 years in prison for the first charge and one year for the charge of hacking.
He broke into Ms Palin's e-mail account during her 2008 Republican campaign for the vice-presidency of the US. (SOURCE)
On her Facebook Notes page, Sarah Palin has commented on the federal jury's verdict in the Tennessee trial of the son of a Democrat state legislator:
The Hacker Case Verdict
My family and I are thankful that the jury thoroughly and carefully weighed the evidence and issued a just verdict. Besides the obvious invasion of privacy and security concerns surrounding this issue, many of us are concerned about the integrity of our country’s political elections. America’s elections depend upon fair competition. Violating the law, or simply invading someone’s privacy for political gain, has long been repugnant to Americans’ sense of fair play. As Watergate taught us, we rightfully reject illegally breaking into candidates’ private communications for political intrigue in an attempt to derail an election.
I want to thank the public servants who worked so hard on this case, particularly the jurors who gave up precious time from their jobs and families to listen to the evidence and reach a decision.
My family and I appreciate the good people of Knoxville, Tennessee, who showed us true Southern hospitality. We can’t wait to visit again – but without having a subpoena in hand.
- Sarah Palin