(National Sentinel) Espionage: Veteran investigative reporter Sharyl Attkisson leveled an explosive charge against the Obama administration on Thursday, claiming that the Justice Department secretly switched out a hard drive on her computer.
The former CBS News investigator and current host of “Full Measure” made the accusation in relation to an earlier one contained in her book, “Stonewalled: My Fight for Truth Against the Forces of Obstruction, Intimidation, and Harassment in Obama’s Washington.” [Disclosure: We are not an affiliate of Barnes & Noble]
“Re: My govt. computer intrusions…What would you think if I told you the hard drive of one of my personal computers was secretly switched out w/another while in custody of the Justice Dept. Inspector General– before they gave it back to me? (Tick-tock.)” she tweeted Wednesday.
Re: My govt. computer intrusions…What would you think if I told you the hard drive of one of my personal computers was secretly switched out w/another while in custody of the Justice Dept. Inspector General– before they gave it back to me? (Tick-tock.) #GettingCloserToAnswers
— Sharyl Attkisson (@SharylAttkisson) March 1, 2018
In ‘Stonewalled,’ she wrote that an independent forensic analysis revealed her laptop computer had been penetrated by the U.S. intelligence community and a restricted-access document planted in a place where it was difficult for laypersons to locate.
As further reported by PJ Media:
You may recall that Attkisson’s computer was hacked back in 2012 while she was working for CBS and reporting on the Benghazi scandal. CBS News spokeswoman Sonya McNair said at the time that a cybersecurity firm hired by CBS News “has determined through forensic analysis” that “Attkisson’s computer was accessed by an unauthorized, external, unknown party on multiple occasions in late 2012.”
“Evidence suggests this party performed all access remotely using Attkisson’s accounts,” McNair said. “While no malicious code was found, forensic analysis revealed an intruder had executed commands that appeared to involve search and exfiltration of data.
“This party also used sophisticated methods to remove all possible indications of unauthorized activity, and alter system times to cause further confusion,” she continued. “CBS News is taking steps to identify the responsible party and their method of access.”
Attkisson has filed a lawsuit against the Justice Department, accusing the former administration of illegally surveilling computers. She is seeking $35 million in damages.
In her book, Attkisson writes that source connected to a government agency implicated “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” in the breach.
“I asked them to look at one of them some years ago after the govt intrusion,” she tweeted. “Not the main one but one of my personal computers involved to see if they might come up with more info. Instead, they… withheld the report from me, did a lot of weird stuff.”
The Full Measure host also said that her team of forensic experts discovered the replaced hard drive and said they have “the forensic record and chain of custody documents” to prove it.
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