Political analyst Roger Stone calls the hacking of Republican vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin's personal email "highly illegal and highly outrageous."
"Clearly the left will stop at nothing to try to discredit Sarah Palin," he tells Newsmax TV. But Stone thinks the "constant and unfair attacks on her" are actually helping her.
"It's kind of ironic that the New York Times yesterday criticizes Palin and her top aides for using personal e-mails to conduct Alaska state business, yet when [former New York Gov.] Eliot Spitzer used personal emails to conceal his misuse of the state police, the New York Times said not a thing," he notes.
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Stone calls that an "obvious double standard," but he doesn't think it's achieving the left's desired results.
"The good news is that I think the American people are very fair-minded and I think they're seeing through this. Clearly, she's still more popular than Barack Obama and I don't expect that to change. I really think there's some anti-media, big media sentiment in the country and frankly since the invention of the Internet, people can now get alternative information from places like Newsmax; they don't have to believe what they see on CBS or the New York Times," he said.
Should the hackers be prosecuted if they're caught?
"There's no question. This is an egregious violation of federal law; it's a political outrage and if they can track down who did this, I think they ought to be indicted, convicted and jailed," he said.
Stone thinks the reaction of the McCain campaign to the hacking has been appropriate.
"It's time for law enforcement to step in and see who did this. Their motives are absolutely clear. This is part of a smear. What I find interesting is the actual contents of the emails seem relatively benign: Governor Palin merely doing her job. How many other governors, like Palin, like Spitzer, use personal emails for state business? Most of them do," he declared.
Stone also has some thoughts on the increasing attacks and negativity in Obama's new campaign ads.
"The reason that Obama is getting increasingly negative — and new figures came out today show 77 percent of his advertising has been attacks on John McCain and Sarah Palin so far — is because he's beginning to lose," Stone says.
"People are taking a close look at Barack Obama and they're not liking what they see. This is a guy with a great bio and resume but no accomplishments, no significant legislation, no significant accomplishments," he says.
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