Palin Hacking Probe: What's Next?

The intensity of the probe into the hacking of Sarah Palin's e-mail has subsided but big questions remain.

What Happened This Week

What Happens Next

  • The FBI is moving forward with its investigation into Kernell, but is releasing few specifics about what actions its agents are taking.
  • A grand jury could reconvene at any time and potentially file formal charges. An attorney told the Chattanooga Times Free Press that grand juries could "pursue investigations for many sessions," so Tuesday's meeting may be only the first.
  • If the case does end up going to trial, the government's challenge will be proving who was actually at the computer during the hacking, a defense lawyer tells Fox News. Having seized equipment would make that easier, he indicates. (Whether agents seized anything during their visit to Kernell's apartment is not clear, though witness reports indicate that they primarily photographed evidence.)

The McCain-Palin campaign has largely stayed mum about the matter, aside from a brief statement when word of the hacking first broke. Rest assured, though, that plenty more developments will occur in the coming weeks as the investigation unfolds. For a seemingly simple security breach, the probe into how it happened promises to be complex.

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