Former CBS News reporter Sharyl Attkisson says in her new book “Stonewalled: My Fight for Truth Against the Forces of Obstruction, Intimidation, and Harassment in Obama’s Washington,” that a source has confirmed the government spied on her.
Both Attkisson's work and personal computers were compromised after she began digging into the Fast and Furious and Benghazi scandals, and she now openly states that she believes a “government-related entity” was behind the hacking.
After a lengthy investigation into the breach, she says a source told her it was 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 intruders discovered my Skype account handle, stole the password, activated the audio, and made heavy use of it, presumably as a listening tool,” Attkisson wrote, according to a New York Post review of her book. She added that her source is “connected to government three-letter agencies."
Attkisson quoted the source: “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."
The New York Post reviewed Attkisson's book ahead of its release on November 4, and Attkisson also discusses how the media defends President Obama for offenses they would be howling at Republicans over. They usually defend him because he shares their political beliefs, she writes.
Via the New York Post:
Reporting on the many green-energy firms such as Solyndra that went belly-up after burning through hundreds of millions in Washington handouts, Attkisson ran into increasing difficulty getting her stories on the air. A colleague told her about the following exchange: “[The stories] are pretty significant,” said a news exec. “Maybe we should be airing some of them on the ‘Evening News?’ ” Replied the program’s chief Pat Shevlin, “What’s the matter, don’t you support green energy?”
Says Attkisson: That’s like saying you’re anti-medicine if you point out pharmaceutical company fraud. [Emphasis added]
Attkisson also wrote in her book that an "incensed" CBS executive told her not to appear on conservative radio host Laura Ingraham's program. He reportedly described Ingraham as "extremely, extremely far right," and while CBS reporters are free to appear on left-leaning MSNBC shows, he told her she couldn't appear on Ingraham's.
The New York Post adds:
One of her bosses had a rule that conservative analysts must always be labeled conservatives, but liberal analysts were simply “analysts.” “And if a conservative analyst’s opinion really rubbed the supervisor the wrong way,” says Attkisson, “she might rewrite the script to label him a ‘right-wing’ analyst.”
Read the complete story at the New York Post here.
This post has been updated to focus on the hacking allegations.