Feds planted classified docs on reporter Sharyl Attkisson's computer, monitored every keystroke
Former CBS reporter turned independent investigative journalist Sharyl Attkisson is one of the best American journalists of the past two decades. She has fearlessly challenged and reported the unethical and illegal behavior in the Federal government over the last several years, bravely reporting details in Obama administration scandals when no one else would.
The Obama administration made her a prime target and went to great lengths to silence her and expose her confidential sources.
from NY Post:
A former CBS News reporter who quit the network over claims it kills stories that put President Obama in a bad light says she was spied on by a “government-related entity” that planted classified documents on her computer.
In her new memoir, Sharyl Attkisson says a source who arranged to have her laptop checked for spyware in 2013 was “shocked” and “flabbergasted” at what the analysis revealed.
“This is outrageous. Worse than anything Nixon ever did. I wouldn’t have believed something like this could happen in the United States of America,” Attkisson quotes the source saying.
She speculates that the motive was to lay the groundwork for possible charges against her or her sources.
Attkisson says the source, who’s “connected to government three-letter agencies,” told her the computer was hacked into by “a sophisticated entity that used commercial, nonattributable spyware that’s proprietary to a government agency: either the CIA, FBI, the Defense Intelligence Agency or the National Security Agency.”
The breach was accomplished through an “otherwise innocuous e-mail” that Attkisson says she got in February 2012, then twice “redone” and “refreshed” through a satellite hookup and a Wi-Fi connection at a Ritz-Carlton hotel.
The spyware included programs that Attkisson says monitored her every keystroke and gave the snoops access to all her e-mails and the passwords to her financial accounts.
“The intruders discovered my Skype account handle, stole the password, activated the audio, and made heavy use of it, presumably as a listening tool,” she wrote in “Stonewalled: My Fight for Truth Against the Forces of Obstruction, Intimidation, and Harassment in Obama’s Washington.”
Attkisson says her source — identified only as “Number One” — told her the spying was most likely not court-authorized because it went on far longer than most legal taps.
But the most shocking finding, she says, was the discovery of three classified documents that Number One told her were “buried deep in your operating system. In a place that, unless you’re a some kind of computer whiz specialist, you wouldn’t even know exists.”
“They probably planted them to be able to accuse you of having classified documents if they ever needed to do that at some point,” Number One added.
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There should be criminal charges filed for these illegal and unconstitutional actions by the Federal government. However, when the Obama administration’s Justice Department is one of the major criminal players in the scandal, expecting them to investigate themselves is foolish.
The task of “watching the watchers” is left to a Congress that seems content to sit on its hands and a press that is complicit to cover up anything that would make President Obama look bad.
We wish Sharyl Attkisson godspeed in her battle against the corruption in the Federal government. Our country needs more reporters like her who are willing to stand up when all the odds are stacked against them.