Former CBS Reporter Sharyl Attkisson Sues Justice Department For Allegedly Hacking Her Computers

| by Edward Arnold

Sharyl Attkisson, a former CBS News correspondent, is suing the Justice Department for allegedly hacking her computers.

She claims that while she was still reporting for CBS, from 2011 to 2013, her computers were hacked while she was covering controversial stories, including the Benghazi scandal.

The lawsuit is seeking $35 million in damages.

"I just think it's important to send a message that people shouldn't be victimized and throw up their hands and think there's nothing they can do and they're powerless," Attkisson said.

The Justice Department has denied any involvement in hacking Attkisson's computers, sticking to a 2013 statement.

"To our knowledge, the Justice Department has never compromised Ms. Attkisson’s computers, or otherwise sought any information from or concerning any telephone, computer or other media device she may own or use."

In her new book, “Stonewalled: My Fight for Truth Against the Forces of Obstruction, Intimidation, and Harassment in Obama's Washington,” Attkisson details the narrative of her computer troubles. After consulting with multiple experts that confirmed her claims, she filed the suit.

Attkisson had three separate computer forensics exams showing evidence of intruders installing software to steal her data and passwords.

She also released a video of her computer self-deleting the words off her screen. An article by Vox alleges that the incident Attkisson recorded is not consistent with any type of hacking, and was more likely due to her backspace key malfunctioning.

Media Matters also pointed out inconsistencies in Attkisson's story. The site claims that at first she said a source alerted her to who exactly was behind the attacks. Then, in an interview with HuffPostLive, Media Matters reports, she admitted she didn't know who was behind the attacks, only that she believed evidence showed what she called a “government tie.”

Attkisson, after two decades with CBS, quit in March 2014. She cited frustrations with the company because her investigative reporting was not getting aired due to what she alleges was a liberal bias.

Attkisson is no stranger to controversy: back in 2011, she came under fire for linking vaccines to autism, a claim that has time and time again been discredited by scientific community.


Sources: Fox News, Politico, Media Matters, Vox, Science-Based Medicine

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