The Sarah Palin email extravaganza. Weekend reading, anyone?
Looking for something to read this weekend? Why not curl up with 24,000 pages of emails from Sarah Palin's tenure as governor of Alaska?
The documents were requested by news organizations and local activists more than two years ago. They will be made available in Juneau in paper form, but don't worry, you don't have to catch a plane to Alaska to get a peek. Like other news outlets, the Los Angeles Times will be scanning the printed emails and posting them online in a searchable archive.
What can you expect? The memos and replies of Alaska state government from December 2006 through Sept. 30, 2008. That was the cutoff, rather than July 2009 when Palin resigned the governorship, because that's when the requests for the emails were made.
In addition to the official state email account, Palin's emails from two personal Yahoo accounts, used to conduct state business, will be included. Will there also be links to cute cat videos? Forwarded funny email chains? Notes about picking up milk or whether it's time to pick up more ammo for the hunting rifles?
Maybe. Or maybe not: this summer's hottest government-issued reading material isn't complete. Another 2,200 pages have been withheld by the state of Alaska. The reason includes exemptions to public records laws including the privacy provision of the Alaska Constitution, attorney-client privilege, work product privilege and executive and deliberative process privileges.
Yikes. With language like that, these are going to be 24,000 pages of pretty dense reading.
-- Carolyn Kellogg
Photo: Sarah Palin at Colorado Christian University on May 2. Credit: Ed Andrieski / Associated Press Photos