A Kernell of Truth?Tennessee State Rep. Mike Kernell is mighty quiet with the Memphis Commercial Appeal about whether or not his son David was the person who hacked into Alaska Governor Sarah Palin's e-mail:
As Memphis FBI agents began to investigate the hacking of Republican vice presidential nominee Sarah Palin's personal e-mail account, state Rep. Mike Kernell declined Thursday to respond to online allegations his son was responsible.
"My son's the one in question, and I can't comment on him," said Kernell, a Memphis Democrat.
In Nashville on Thursday, Rep. Kernell would neither confirm nor deny his son was involved in hacking Palin's e-mail account. Although Kernell said he was aware of claims his son was responsible, the politician would not address any of them.
"Father-son relationship," Kernell explained.
"I can't comment on my son," he repeated.
Asked if he has been contacted by investigators, Kernell responded: "Me, no."
"I can't say about my son," he added. "That doesn't mean he has or hasn't been contacted."
David Kernell, now a student at the University of Tennessee in Knoxville, could not be reached.
An FBI and Secret Service investigation into the hacking, launched Wednesday, now involves agents in Memphis, said C.M. Sturgis, a spokesman for the Memphis FBI branch.
"All I can say is that a matter was referred to us from the Anchorage, Alaska, office. An investigation at this time is being coordinated out of FBI headquarters in the Department of Justice," Sturgis said.
Federal investigators want to speak with Gabriel Ramuglia of Athens, Ga., who operates an Internet anonymity service the hacker used. Ramuglia told The Associated Press on Thursday he was reviewing his logs and promised to turn over any helpful information
To be fair, we can't blame Mike Kernell all that much for not wishing to admit that his son is under federal investigation. Knoxville TV station WVLT is reporting that David Kernell may indeed be the target of investigation. State Representative Stacey Campfield (R-Knoxville) says that from what he knows of Mike Kernell, the Memphis Democrat would not approve of his son's alleged actions.
The World was told of the possible involvement of Kernell by a confidential source in Nashville roughly 30 minutes before it made the online newspaper editions of the News-Sentinel and the Commercial Appeal. The news hit the wires just as we were returning from afternoon business to write of the affair.