Alaska’s capital, Juneau, was the scene of frenzied activity on Friday as state officials prepared six boxes of printed messages for each news organization that paid for the documents. Reporters fought for elevators in a mad rush out of the building to begin sorting and readying the documents for publication.
The documents were copies of Sarah Palin’s e-mails spanning a timeframe from her start as Alaska governor in December 2006 to September 2008, after the first month of her run as the Republican vice-presidential candidate—some 24,000 pages of them. They were released in response to public-information requests from media organizations.
The e-mails are said to be, by one newspaper, “an extraordinary event in their own right, providing the sort of intimate look into a governor’s day-to-day interactions that is rarely available to the public.” That’s, perhaps, a bit over the top, but it’ll take time for the media organizations to sort through this “treasure trove.” I’m sure they’ll find a few tasty bits.