Jury sees Facebook records on breach of Palin's email account

Jury sees Facebook records on breach of Palin's email account

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By HARLOW SUMERFORD
6 News Reporter

KNOXVILLE (WATE) - The jury in the federal trial of a man charged with breaking into Sarah Palin's email account saw his Facebook records on the incident Thursday.

David Kernell was a University of Tennessee student in Knoxville at the time of the incident in September 2008. Then Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin was Republican presidential nominee John McCain's running mate.

Prosecutors showed the jury copies of Kernell's Facebook activities and Facebook security director Max Kelly testified that users are given a unique ID that's recorded and shows any action they take.

Kernell said in an online chat he saw nothing incriminating in Palin's email. A frowning face symbol followed.

A friend of the Kernell's also took the witness stand Thursday and described how the breach was done.

Benjamin Reed said that Kernell told him about breaking into Palin's Yahoo email account the night he did it.

"He told me he used a proxy server...to mask his IP address so he wouldn't be able to be traced or caught," Reed said.

After lunch, an undercover FBI agent took the stand and told the jury that Kernell created a "Palin" folder on his computer where he stored all the documents and pictures he copied.

The agent said Kernell bragged on Internet chat sites after getting into Palin's account saying, "I am God."

Palin's daughter, Bristol, testified Wednesday about her cell phone number winding up on the Internet after the breach. She said she got scary voice mails and random texts.

No members of the Palin family testified Thursday.

Kernell was charged with four felonies in October 2008, including identity theft, wire fraud, computer fraud and obstruction of justice.

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