The Gawker empire has published cell-phone shots of Brett Favre’s penis, a shirtless photo of the Craigslist congressman, unconfirmable details of Christine O’Donnell’s alleged one-night stand, and stolen footage from Fox News. And God bless them for it. But, sadly, there seems to be a limit to even Gawker’s ballsiness. In a post this afternoon, John Cook writes that a tipster has informed Gawker that he/she “hacked” into Mitt Romney’s personal e-mail account (Hotmail, heh) merely by answering Romney’s password hint (What’s your favorite pet?). The tipster didn’t give Gawker any screenshots, but he/she did offer them the account’s new password so they could peruse for themselves.
So, what dark, sordid secrets are hidden inside Romney’s personal e-mails? We don’t know, because Gawker is, at least outwardly, refusing to look. After all, logging in “would put us at some legal jeopardy,” Cook writes, evincing a surprising and disappointing level of restraint.
We can’t blame them, but, still, come on, Gawker. Take one for the team — Team American People. We got your back. Not as in, like, contributing to your legal defense. But so much moral support.