Washington, Dec 29 (ANI): Sarah Palin's former staff has reportedly asked the state's Attorney General to postpone release of over 25,000 emails during her tenure as the Governor of Alaska.
According to the Daily Mail, the request was made by a number of news organizations, including NBC News, MSNBC.com, The Associated Press, Mother Jones, Pro Publica and the Juneau Empire, in 2008 after Senator John McCain picked her as his vice-presidential candidate.
State regulations allow the attorney general to approve a delay if information released in public records would hurt the office of the Governor, and three different attorneys general have received requests from the office to delay the release of the emails since Palin was in office.
This time, the governor's office has asked for a delay until May 30, 2011, the paper said.
However, the Governor's office has said it would eventually release around 25,700 emails, including everything sent to or from the government and private email accounts of Palin and her husband Todd, over 50 key state employees, aids and advisers.
The governor's office said it plans to withhold some of the emails, citing exceptions allowed in public record law.
Palin ran into trouble in 2008 for conducting state business using her personal email account, and contents of emails from her personal Yahoo account were posted online by a hacker at that time.
Last June, the state did release to MSNBC.com and NBC News nearly 3,000 pages of emails between Todd Palin and state officials. Those emails showed Palin's extensive reach into his wife's administration, including his role in judicial appointments, union negotiations, state appointments and other official business, and also raised some questions about potential conflicts of interests with his oil company employer. (ANI)