JUNEAU — Sarah Palin says she is not worried about the impending release of thousands of pages of emails from her time as Alaska’s governor.
Palin told Fox News Sunday that “every rock” that could have been kicked over to uncover things in her family has been, and “I don’t think there’s anything private in our family now.”
By week’s end, the state is expected to release more than 24,000 pages of emails sent to and received by Palin during her first 21 months in office. That’s a period that ends September 2008, shortly after Palin was chosen to be the Republican vice presidential nominee.
It was around that time that the first requests for Palin’s emails were made. Subsequent requests have been made for the remainder of Palin’s emails. The state has yet to begin reviewing those.
Palin and key aides were known to use private email accounts to communicate while she was in office.
Palin said “a lot” of the emails about to be released weren’t meant for public consumption; some are between staff members and some “probably” are between family members, she said.
She said people might try to take the emails out of context but she won’t be distracted by the email release.
Palin also was asked about one of her former aides, Frank Bailey, whose recently released tell-all from his time with Palin paints an unflattering portrait of her. The book alleges, among other things, that ghost-written opinion pieces were written and media opinion polls were sometimes rigged.
Palin called those claims “complete lies” and lashed out at Bailey, who she said “hoarded” private emails for years.
Bailey is being investigated by the Alaska attorney general’s office for use of emails in his book. Executive ethics laws bar former public officials from using information acquired during their work for personal gain if the information hasn’t been publicly disseminated. Bailey has insisted that he’s done nothing wrong.