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Oregon Requests Probe Of Email Leak

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Former Governor John Kitzhaber resigned on February 18.

The Oregon Department of Administrative Services has requested a criminal investigation over the matter of who leaked some sensitive emails to the media.

Whoever it was sent the emails to Portland's Willamette Week newspaper. The apparent leak included communication between then-governor John Kitzhaber and his attorney. Oregon's Chief Operating Officer described the leak as a "security breach" and requested an investigation by the Oregon State Police.

It's all part of the fallout over possible ethics lapses by Kitzhaber that led to his resignation last week, just one month after the Democrat took office for a fourth term.

The Willamette Week's report showed attempts by Kitzhaber and his attorney to minimize damage from an ethics investigation. A separate criminal investigation of Kitzhaber is ongoing.