Ex-campaign staffer indicted in email scandal

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — A federal grand jury has indicted a former campaign manager of New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez for hacking the campaign’s email system and obtaining correspondence by the governor, her staff and supporters.

U.S. Attorney Kenneth Gonzales announced the indictments in Albuquerque on Thursday against Jamie Estrada of Los Lunas, who briefly served as campaign manager in 2009 but was fired as Martinez was starting her campaign for governor.

Prosecutors allege Estrada used password and username information to hijack a 2010 campaign computer account after Martinez took office as governor in 2011.

The governor and her staff had continued to use the campaign computer system for some government business but the electronic mail was directed to an account controlled by Estrada.

Estrada’s lawyer didn’t immediately return a call seeking comment.

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