Alaska state officials released about 24,000 pages of e-mail from former Gov. Sarah Palin’s administration Friday in response to requests from reporters dating back to her 2008 entry into the national spotlight.
The release follows Freedom of Information Act requests filed by CNN and five other news agencies made shortly after Palin was tapped to be Sen. John McCain’s GOP vice presidential running mate.
Roughly three dozen reporters and photographers squeezed into the narrow hallways of a state office building in Juneau as clerks handed out six heavy boxes of papers to each news organization.
The documents were accompanied by a 189-page index that included a brief summary of their contents, including the senders, recipients and anyone copied on the messages.
“The thousands upon thousands of emails released today show a very engaged Governor Sarah Palin being the CEO of her state,” said Tim Crawford, treasurer of Sarah PAC, Palin’s political action committee.
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