LOS ANGELES — Thousands of emails written by Sarah Palin as Alaska governor are to be published, although parts of the possible White House candidate’s exchanges will be censored, reports said Wednesday.
The more than 24,000 pages of emails are being released as part of Alaska’s disclosure laws, but 2,415 pages the state deems privileged, personal or otherwise exempt will not be published.
The Anchorage Daily News, which is among news organizations and individuals that requested to see the correspondence, said the emails are being sent to the printers this week, a process estimated to take four days.
A number of media outlets asked for the emails to be released in 2008, after Palin became the surprise running-mate of Republican presidential candidate John McCain.
At the time officials said they could not be released because of the antiquated electronic databases they were stored on, complicated by the fact that Palin commonly used a Yahoo account to conduct state business.
Linda Perez, current Alaska governor Sean Parnell’s administrative director, contacted news groups this week to say his office was preparing to release printed copies of the mails, which will be shipped in large boxes.
Among those who sought the release of the emails is Andree McLeod of Anchorage, who has had ethics complaints against Palin dismissed by the northwestern US state.
“I don’t hold out much hope that all of these emails haven’t been scrubbed of any incriminating information,” she said, according to the Anchorage Daily News.
The release comes as speculation mounts over whether Palin will run for the Republican nomination in next year’s election against Democratic President Barack Obama.
Palin has kept the media guessing, including during a “One Nation” bus tour which began Sunday: journalists have had to scramble to follow her, with no details given in advance about her travel plans.