Alaska Releases Sarah Palin's Emails

By BECKY BOHRER | June 10, 2011 | 1:15 PM EDT

FILE - In this May 31, 2011 file photo, former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin walks to the door of Trump Tower for a scheduled meeting with Donald Trump in New York. Thousands of Palin's emails from her first two years as governor are being released by the state of Alaska, a disclosure that has taken on national prominence as she flirts with a run for the presidency. (AP Photo/Craig Ruttle, File)

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — Alaska officials have released thousands of pages of emails sent and received by Sarah Palin during her first 21 months as governor.

Reporters and photographers crowded into a small office Friday morning to pick up boxes of emails — hundreds of pounds of paper — to begin poring over them.

The request dates to September 2008, shortly after Palin was picked as the GOP vice presidential nominee. State officials cited a flood of records request following Palin's rise to national prominence, along with the sheer volume of the email request, for the delay.

Requests also have been made for Palin's final 10 months in office. State officials haven't begun reviewing those records yet. Palin resigned partway through her first term, in July 2009.