Former CBS News Correspondent Sharyl Attkisson -- who claims the government hacked her computer, TV and phone while she reported on the Benghazi terror attack -- has released a new video showing what could be evidence of the government taking over her computer.
“That very night, with [White House spokesman Eric] Schultz, [White House Press Secretary Jay] Carney and company freshly steaming over my Benghazi reporting, I’m home doing final research and crafting questions for the next day’s interview with [Thomas] Pickering. Suddenly data in my computer file begins wiping at hyperspeed before my very eyes. Deleted line by line in a split second: it’s gone, gone, gone," Attkisson writes in her book.
Sharyl Attkisson (Credit: CBS News via YouTube)
In the book, Stonewalled: My Fight for Truth Against the Forces of Obstruction, Intimidation, and Harassment in Obama’s Washington, Attkisson explains the difficulties she faced while trying to get at the truth of exactly what happened on the night of September 11, 2012 in Benghazi, Libya, where four American diplomats died, including U.S. Ambassador to Libya Christopher Stevens.
Attkisson's cellphone video appears to show words, sentences and even some paragraphs being deleted on Attkisson's computer. At one point, Attkisson even records the keyboard and touchpad while trying to prove the changes being made are out of her control.
While the video doesn't prove the government or any of its agencies were responsible for the hacking, it certainly makes clear Attkisson's intent on finding out exactly what – or who – was behind the hacking.
Attkisson met with "Number One," who she describes as a confidential source inside the government, to examine the issue with her computer. "Number One," Attkisson says, told her what he found was "outrageous."
"Worse than anything Nixon ever did. I wouldn’t have believed something like this could happen in the United States of America," the source reportedly said. "Number One" later described what was found as a “sophisticated entity that used commercial, non-attributable spyware that’s proprietary to a government agency: either the CIA, FBI, the Defense Intelligence Agency, or the National Security Agency (NSA).”
Attkisson later hired an independent computer analyst to whom she assigns the pseudonym "Jerry Patel" in her book.
“Everything Patel has found serves to confirm my January source and analysis. Patel tells me that only a few entities possess these skills. One of them is the U.S. government. I already know this from Number One," Attkisson writes.
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