TheÂ Knoxville News SentinelÂ is reporting that State Rep. Mike Kernell declined Thursday to respond to online allegations that his son - a student at the University of Tennessee Knoxville - hacked into Republican vice presidential nominee Sarah Palin\\\'s personal e-mail account.
\\\"My son\\\'s the one in question, and I can\\\'t comment on him,\\\" said Kernell, a Memphis Democrat.
Bloggers have alleged that David Kernell, 20, is the one who has claimed responsibility for breaking into the Alaska governor\\\'s e-mail account.
The evidence is tenuous. In fact, one of the first blogs to allege that the son of a Democratic politician was responsible relied on e-mail tips and described its evidence as \\\"pretty thin.\\\"
On Wednesday, however, the FBI and Secret Service launched an investigation that includes agents in Memphis. C.M. Sturgis, a spokesman for the Memphis FBI branch, confirmed late Thursday that his office is involved.Â
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