Media frenzy sparked by release of 24,000 pages of Palin's old emails
More than 24,000 pages of emails from Sarah Palin's first 21 months as governor showed her involved closely in the day-to-day business of Alaska while trying to cope with the increasing pressures that came with her rise from small-town mayor to governor to national prominence.
The emails were packed into six boxes, weighing 250lbs in all, stacked in a small office in a complex of buildings near the state capitol in Juneau.
Within minutes of the release yesterday, Palin tweeted a link to the website for The Undefeated, a documentary about her time as governor and her arrival on the national political stage.
Her supporters, meanwhile, encouraged everyone to read the messages. "The emails detail a Governor hard at work," said Tim Crawford, the treasurer of her political action committee, Sarah PAC, in a prepared statement.
Palin is among the top tier of potential 2012 presidential candidates in polls of Republican voters. Her recent bus tour of the north-east fueled speculation about her national ambitions.
She has said she has not yet decided whether she will run.
Many news organisations posted the emails on their websites throughout the day. The New York Times asked readers to join reporters in reviewing the documents.
"It's insane," said Tony Leadholm, an academic counsellor at the University of California, Davis, and a Republican who finds Palin too conservative for his taste. "It seems anywhere you go, the release of these emails is in your face and there's war going on and actual real people who have actually declared their intent to run for president."
The emails were first requested during the 2008 White House race by citizens and news organisations, as they vetted a nominee whose political experience included less than one term as governor and a term as mayor of Wasilla, Alaska.