Activist pursuing Sarah Palin's official e-mails granted protective order

Anchorage citizen activist Andree McLeod has obtained a six-month protective order against a woman who threatened her life over her public records requests for former Gov. Sarah Palin's official e-mails.

The woman, Clare Goodchild, also of Anchorage, admitted making the threats and apologized in court to McLeod. Goodchild said she "meant no harm" when she said she had the cross hairs of her gun scope on McLeod's head and that McLeod had "used up too much oxygen."

Court Master Colleen Ray, presiding over the case earlier this month, said she was troubled by Goodchild's language and would have had "fears and concerns" had the same threats been directed against her.

Goodchild sent the threats in a Jan. 1 e-mail message to the Daily News reporter who had written about the 2 1/2-year effort of McLeod and several journalists to obtain Palin's e-mail record as governor. Goodchild also posted an identical copy of the e-mail on the Anchorage "Rants and Raves" section of Craigslist.

"I find it very offensive that Andre Mclead (sic) is asking the state for every e-mail written or received in ANY account maintained by Palin and her husband," Goodchild said in the e-mail to the Daily News, signing it only as "Clare."

"Where does this b*tch get off thinking the public should shell out for her revenge for the Palin family. I've heard enough from this, and I would like to use stronger words to express my feeling for Andre (sic). Well... I think Andre (sic) has used up to (sic) much oxygen. So I have my scope cross hair on her head! She better watch out, the request may have been her last!"

The Daily News reported it to Anchorage Police, told McLeod what had happened, and engaged the writer in additional messages in an attempt to learn her identity and the seriousness of her threat.

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