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A jury in Tennessee has convicted a former student of hacking the e-mail account of US politician Sarah Palin, Associated Press news agency reports.

David Kernell, 22, was found guilty of obstructing justice and unauthorised access to a computer.

He faces up to 20 years in prison for the first charge and one year for the charge of hacking.

He broke into Ms Palin’s e-mail account during her 2008 Republican campaign for the vice-presidency of the US.

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