Bummer… Feds break up a party to serve University of Tennessee student David Kernell with a search warrant!
A court date was set for this week.

David is a self-described Obamacrat and his father Mike Kernell is a liberal Tennessee State Representative.
All signs pointed to the young Obama supporter as the Palin hacker.

David Kernell, 20, is a student at the University of Tennessee-Knoxville. (News5 photo)

The federal agents put a damper on that university party!
They had the students wait outsid while they took photos and evidence from inside the apartment for over an hour and a half.
WBIR reported:


The FBI is stepping up its investigation into the possibility that a University of Tennessee student hacked into the personal e-mail of Vice Presidential candidate Sarah Palin.

A person who identified himself as a witness tells 10 News that agents with the FBI served a federal search warrant at the Fort Sanders residence of David Kernell early Sunday morning. Kernell lives in the Commons apartment complex at 1115 Highland Ave.

David Kernell is the son of Mike Kernell, a Democratic state representative from Memphis.

A Department of Justice spokesperson confirmed there has been “investigatory activity” in Knoxville regarding the Palin case, but she said there are no publicly available search warrants, and no charges have been filed.

A separate law enforcement source confirmed to 10 News that a search warrant was served on Kernell’s apartment.

According to the witness, several agents arrived at The Commons of Knoxville around midnight.

They presented their badges upon entering Kernell’s apartment, where several students were having a party, and took down their names.

The witness tells us they asked him and those who did not live in the unit to go outside. He believes the investigators took about 1.5 to 2 hours taking pictures of everything inside the apartment.

He says Kernell’s three roommates were also subpoenaed, and must testify this week (Tuesday) in Chattanooga.

Jammie Wearing Fool and The Tennessean have more.

David Kernell and his father State Rep. Mike Kernell (D) met with a lawyer on Friday night.

A proxy server led the FBI to Kernell… but bloggers knew who the (suspected) hacker was on Thursday.

*** Would someone please forward this to the Los Angeles Times?

FATHER OF HACKER Is Tennessee Dem State Rep!!!!! …Update: Name- David Kernell …Update: He’s Been Contacted by Feds!
FBI CONTACTS MEMPHIS OFFICE– Dem Rep’s Son David Kernell Targeted in Palin Hacker Attack (Video)
SARAH PALIN (suspected) HACKER David Kernell Meets With Lawyer

UPDATE: More on the hacker investigation from Portfolio:

But Portfolio.com has learned that the IP address used by the Palin hacker originated from an Illinois-based ISP called Pavlov Media, which provides internet service to The Commons at Knoxville, a University of Tennessee student housing complex.

In an interview with Portfolio.com, Gabriel Ramuglia, who runs Ctunnel.com, a proxy service used by the hacker to try to disguise his identity, said federal investigators asked him about a single IP address — a number assigned to a computer on the internet — which has become the focus of the government’s probe into the hacking of Palin’s Yahoo email account.

Ramuglia quickly matched the IP address to one found in his logs, which he said displayed Web activity “consistent with what websites the hacker was expected to have visited through my service.”

“The person visited Yahoo Mail, 4chan.org, and the Web addresses that were visible in the posted screenshots,” Ramuglia told Portfolio.com Sunday night.

Ramuglia declined to provide the user’s full IP address, but Portfolio.com has learned that the address falls within the range operated by Pavlov Media, formerly known as Fusion Broadband, which was created through a 2004 merger between Noment Networks and Distributed Management Information Systems, Inc. (DMISI).

UPDATE 2: (Monday) The Washington Post carried a small story on the major political scandal today.

UPDATE 2: The AP gets around to reporting on the David Kernell today.

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