By James Gordon Meek
Daily News Washington Bureau
WASHINGTON—Sarah Palin's running mate will never have this problem.
Computer hackers broke into GOP veep pick Palin's Yahoo! e-mail account and posted the contents of several innocuous personal exchanges online.
John McCain's team confirmed the "invasion of privacy" after a sampling of Palin's e-mails and family photos were distributed by Wikileaks.org, which publishes anonymous submissions of sensitive information.
"This is a shocking invasion of the governor's privacy and a violation of law," McCain-Palin campaign manager Rick Davis said in a statement. "The matter has been turned over to the appropriate authorities and we hope that anyone in possession of these e-mails will destroy them. We will have no further comment."
The FBI and Secret Service are looking into who hacked the account, officials said.
McCain has admitted that he doesn't know how to use a computer and can't send e-mail—a deficiency that's drawn ridicule from rival Barack Obama.
Wikileaks obtained the files from an underground hacker group, "Anonymous." The disclosure raises new questions about whether Palin tried to skirt Alaska's freedom of information laws by conducting state business with her Yahoo! account.
Hackers targeted her "gov.palin" account. Her husband used "fek9wnr" in his address. "Fe" is the chemical element symbol for iron, and "k9" is an abbreviation for canine. Todd Palin was the winner of the grueling Iron Dog snowmobile race.
Todd Palin's address matched a family license plate number, Alaskan blogger Andrew Halcro told The News.
One e-mail posted online was with her lieutenant governor in July after a radio show.