Former CBS correspondent Sharyl Attkisson, who has done groundbreaking work on the Fast and Furious scandal, is suing the United States Department of Justice for $35 million in damages, alleging the government hacked into her computer between 2011 and 2013.
Attkisson detailed the hacking in a new book entitled Stonewalled: My Fight for Truth Against The Forces of Obstruction, Intimidation and Harassment in Obama’s Washington. She writes in the book that a source who is “connected to government three-letter agencies told her that her computer was hacked into by a ‘sophisticated entity that used commercial, non-attributable spyware that’s proprietary to a government agency.’”
Howard Kurtz of Fox News noted that three separate forensic exams showed that this happened between 2011 and 2013.
Attkisson told The Washington Examiner Friday she hopes “to get information that sheds light on a number of problems I’ve been dealing with.”
“One of the items the FBI is withholding is information surrounding a case they opened on my computer intrusions, which lists me as the victim.
“Yet they never told me they opened the case, never interviewed me, and won’t produce material relevant to the case or the case file. The case has to progress through court and, historically, the government drags it out (at taxpayer expense). So it’s unclear when, if ever, we might receive the documents to which we are entitled.”
The 2012 recipient of the Emmy and Edward R. Murrow awards for investigative reporting is partnering with conservative watchdog group Judicial Watch for the lawsuit. The suit asks for, in part:
“Any and all records concerned, regarding or relating to Sharyl Attkisson. Such records include, but are not limited to, records of background checks of Sharyl Attkisson, records of communications, contacts, or correspondence between Sharyl Attkisson and employees, officials or agents of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, and records of investigations concerning or regarding Sharyl Attkisson as a victim…”
The lawsuit was filed in November. Attkisson said at the time, “That I’ve had to sue to get my own FBI file is concerning. This administration has a terrible record in respecting the First Amendment rights of journalists.”
h/t: Hot Air
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