Politics & Government

Sarah Palin's emails to be released by Alaska on Friday

Sarah Palin responds to a question during her bus trip
Sarah Palin responds to a question during her bus trip David Maialetti/Philadelphia Daily News/MCT

The state on Monday announced the time and place for release of 24,199 pages of Sarah Palin's emails as Friday morning in Juneau.

The long-delayed release will be available to media organizations and others paying for paper copies. But Juneau Sen. Dennis Egan is pushing for the state to also ship public review copies to Anchorage and Fairbanks.

Egan, a Democrat, said he was upset that the state won't make the Palin emails available in electronic form. The state printed all the emails out for lawyers to black out portions considered privileged, saying it doesn't have software to do that on their computers.

But Egan argued the state could still then scan those paper copies back into electronic form so anyone can easily access them.

"The thing that really concerns me is that in this age of electronics and digital media, we're doing all this stuff on paper ... it doesn't make any sense to me we're shipping paper all over the state," Egan said.

Egan wrote Parnell Chief of Staff Mike Nizich on Monday saying the paper copies should at least be made available outside of Juneau.

"I don't understand why these electronic records are being put out on paper, but if that's how it has to be, moving paper is easy. I appreciate that the governor's office will have a public review copy here in the Capitol. I'm requesting that you print and deliver the same material to the Anchorage and Fairbanks offices of the governor for public review," Egan wrote.

Anchorage activist Andree McLeod, who was among those who filed public records request for the Palin emails, had protested that she was being required to either fly to Juneau to review them or pay hundreds of dollars for the state to ship her six boxes to Anchorage. That comes on top of the $725.97 in copying fees the state is charging those who want the emails.

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