Alaska releases additional Palin emails

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Posted: Jul 06, 2011 9:50 PM
Alaska releases additional Palin emails

The state of Alaska on Wednesday released an additional 54 pages of emails from Sarah Palin's first month as governor.

Linda Perez, administrative director for the governor's office, said the emails were inadvertently omitted from the 24,199 pages of messages the state released last month that documented Palin's first 21 months in office.

News organizations and individuals requested emails from Palin's time as governor in September 2008, shortly after she became the Republican vice presidential nominee. When most of the emails came out last month, only a few were from December 2006, Palin's first month as governor.

The records released Wednesday were heavily redacted and mostly sent to Palin by aides. A relative handful came from Palin herself. In a Dec. 12, 2006, message, with the subject line "AG status," apparently referring to her hunt for an attorney general, she said she was disappointed that an aide was speaking of candidates when she wasn't ready for names to be discussed yet.

"I am finding my circle of confidants to be shrinking daily," she wrote.

In another message from the same day, Palin detailed what she was looking for in an attorney general: "I will be appointing an independent, `new' AG who does not have any baggage on any sides of any of the relevant issues facing the legislature. All I have been looking for is a good legal mind, someone totally committed to ethical government, a less-political, unpretentious long-time Alaskan who is free from the influence of any of the `more of the same' circles running in Juneau."

The state claimed executive or deliberative process in making the redactions. Wednesday's email release was done electronically; Perez said the state is working on a new system. The emails released last month were in paper form and filled six boxes.

Perez said the state is making sure that all emails that should have been released have been. If more are found, she said they'll be released with emails from the final 10 months of Palin's term _ a period covering October 2008 through July 2009. Requests for those emails were made subsequent to the initial request in September 2008.

No timetable for the release of the additional emails was given, though Attorney General John J. Burns has said it won't take as long.