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Jun 15 2011   10:28AM GMT

Sarah’s Inbox Makes Palin’s Emails Available Online

Tony Bradley Tony Bradley Profile: Tony Bradley

I have to admit that I have been so busy I was unaware that Alaska was releasing all of former half-term governor Sarah Palin’s emails, and I completely missed all of the media drooling with anticipation. If it weren’t for Jon Stewart and The Daily Show, I might still be clueless, and I wouldn’t know that it had about as much thrill-factor as Geraldo opening Capone’s vault.

Apparently, the 24,000 pages of email failed to produce any smoking guns about Troopergate, or any other Palin scandals. But, most of the public wouldn’t know that. Why? Well, the emails had to be redacted to conceal sensitive information, and Alaska couldn’t do that electronically, so the only way to get the emails is printed out–on 24,000 sheets of paper…48 reams…who knows how many trees. And each printout of Palin’s emails costs $700. Ouch.

Thankfully, the Sunlight Foundation has come to our (and the environment’s) rescue, by taking the 24,000 pages, and re-digitizing them to offer them online at That’s right, The Sunlight Foundation put in the effort to scan all 24,000 pages and post them online in digital, searchable, format accessible to all.

A statement from The Sunlight Foundation explains, “Using an interface similar to Gmail, you can now search these records – as well as those previously released – by keyword, date or common phrase at, as well as “star” ones that catch your attention. The Sunlight Reporting Group also runs down the six different email addresses (two official, four private) held by Sarah Palin and how they were used during her time in office.”

Thank you Sunlight Foundation.

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