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Media Frenzy Over 24,000 Palin Emails Released Today


Dozens of reporters flooded a state office building in Juneau today to cart away banker’s boxes stuffed with nearly 24,000 pages of emails released by Alaska state officials from former Gov. Sarah Palin’s administration.

In a highly anticipated move—and now a top trend on Twitter—the release follows Freedom of Information Act requests filed from December 2006 through September 2008 by news agencies during Palin’s bid as the Republican vice-presidential candidate, the New York Times reports.

The correspondences include emails from both Palin’s government and personal accounts, with some redacted and others omitted due to attorney-client and some executive deliberation privileges. Emails for the 10 months preceding her resignation have not yet been released.

Palin said she’s not worried by the content of the emails, while Alaska Dispatch political columnist Amanda Coyne noted in a recent column that all the attention is “for what I’m betting won’t be much,” according to CNN.

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