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Reporter Claims Government Hacked Her Computer And Inserted Evidence To Set Her Up

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Sharyl Attkisson, a former reporter with CBS News, claims in a new book that the US government hacked into her computer as well as her phone lines. Attkisson was one of the reporters responsible for the infamous Benghazi story that became the subject of numerous congressional hearings concerning how an American diplomat was killed in Libya at the American diplomatic compound in Benghazi.

Attkisson says that she began experiencing problems using her computer and phone and first turned to a government source who said she was being hacked in a way so sophisticated that it was likely that the US government was responsible. Attkisson then informed CBS who hired a security firm which confirmed the earlier analysis that she was being hacked and the US government was a likely suspect.

Not only was the government reportedly monitoring her activities but they were also apparently trying to make it seem as though she broke the law by inserting documents onto her computer.

The breaches on Attkisson’s computer, says this source, are coming from 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 (NSA).” Attkisson learns from “Number One” that one intrusion was launched from the WiFi at a Ritz Carlton Hotel and the “intruders discovered my Skype account handle, stole the password, activated the audio, and made heavy use of it, presumably as a listening tool.”

To round out the revelations of “Number One,” he informs Attkisson that he’d found three classified documents deep inside her operating system, such that she’d never know they were even there.Why? To frame me? Attkisson asks in the book.

While we already know that the Obama Administration has been spying on reporters, the accusation of hacking into a reporter’s computer and inserting incriminating evidence is another issue entirely. It is a straight up crime. No novel interpretation of the Patriot Act or Espionage Act can justify planting evidence.

Attkisson says that what happened to her at the hands of the Obama Administration is “worse than anything Nixon ever did.” That’s arguable given at one point Nixon and company were actually considering assassinating a journalist, Jack Anderson. Nonetheless, planting evidence is a very serious charge and one that genuinely does deserve a congressional investigation.

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Reporter Claims Government Hacked Her Computer And Inserted Evidence To Set Her Up

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Sharyl Attkisson, a former reporter with CBS News, claims in a new book that the US government hacked into her computer as well as her phone lines. Attkisson was one of the reporters responsible for the infamous Benghazi story that became the subject of numerous congressional hearings concerning how an American diplomat was killed in Libya at the American diplomatic compound in Benghazi.

Attkisson says that she began experiencing problems using her computer and phone and first turned to a government source who said she was being hacked in a way so sophisticated that it was likely that the US government was responsible. Attkisson then informed CBS who hired a security firm which confirmed the earlier analysis that she was being hacked and the US government was a likely suspect.

Not only was the government reportedly monitoring her activities but they were also apparently trying to make it seem as though she broke the law by inserting documents onto her computer.

The breaches on Attkisson’s computer, says this source, are coming from 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 (NSA).” Attkisson learns from “Number One” that one intrusion was launched from the WiFi at a Ritz Carlton Hotel and the “intruders discovered my Skype account handle, stole the password, activated the audio, and made heavy use of it, presumably as a listening tool.”

To round out the revelations of “Number One,” he informs Attkisson that he’d found three classified documents deep inside her operating system, such that she’d never know they were even there.Why? To frame me? Attkisson asks in the book.

While we already know that the Obama Administration has been spying on reporters, the accusation of hacking into a reporter’s computer and inserting incriminating evidence is another issue entirely. It is a straight up crime. No novel interpretation of the Patriot Act or Espionage Act can justify planting evidence.

Attkisson says that what happened to her at the hands of the Obama Administration is “worse than anything Nixon ever did.” That’s arguable given at one point Nixon and company were actually considering assassinating a journalist, Jack Anderson. Nonetheless, planting evidence is a very serious charge and one that genuinely does deserve a congressional investigation.

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Jane is the founder of Firedoglake.com. Her work has also appeared on the Huffington Post, Alternet and The American Prospect. She’s the author of the best selling book Killer Instinct and has produced such films Natural Born Killers and Permanent Midnight. She lives in Washington DC.
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