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According to the Tennessean The son of state Rep. Mike Kernell has been contacted by authorities in connection with a probe into the hacking of the personal e-mail of vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin, Kernell confirmed on Thursday.


Report: UT student “contacted” in Palin hacking case Here’s the two versions of the Tennessean report, copied and pasted.
UPDATE: The Tennessean has changed the lede: State Rep. Mike Kernell confirmed Thursday that his son, a University of Tennessee-Knoxville student, is at the center of heated Internet discussion into the hacking of the personal e-mail of vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin.
Kernell, a Memphis Democrat, said his 20-year-old son David had been contacted by authorities investigating the hacking of Palin’s personal email account. The FBI and the Secret Service started a formal investigation on Wednesday into the hacking. David Kernell is a student at the University of Tennessee-Knoxville. Mike Kernell said he spoke to his son on Thursday, as he does on a regular basis. Kernell otherwise declined to comment, or discuss his son’s whereabouts and whether he was in custody. Reports that Palin’s e-mail had been hacked bounced across blogs and into the news on Thursday. Contact Theo Emery at 615-726-4889 or [email protected] Here’s the jump of the later version: Kernell, a Memphis Democrat, confirmed that it is his 20-year-old son, David, who is being widely named on Internet blogs and chatrooms in connection with an unfolding story about Palin’s hacked e-mail accounts. The FBI and the Secret Service started a formal investigation on Wednesday into the hacking. David Kernell is a student at the University of Tennessee-Knoxville. Mike Kernell said he spoke to his son on Thursday, as he does on a regular basis. Kernell otherwise declined to comment, or discuss his son’s whereabouts.

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