Former CBS reporter Sharyl Attkisson alleges that a “government-related entity” hacked into her computer, monitoring her activity and planting classified government documents deep in her operating system in what she fears was a plan to lay the groundwork for future charges against her or her sources.
In February 2012, just a few months after her first story on the Department of Justice’s “Fast and Furious” scandal, Attkisson received what she describes as an ”otherwise innocuous email.” In the New York Post’s preview of her new book, Stonewalled, the ex-reporter explains how that e-mail allowed a “government-related entity” to track her every keystroke and access her e-mails and private passwords.
Attkisson discovered the breach through a source “connected to government three-letter agencies.” That source found something even more sinister hidden deep inside her computer’s operating system — confidential government documents that she fears were placed there to give the government a case against her or sources that could have “leaked” the documents.
“This is outrageous,” Attkisson quotes her source as saying. “Worse than anything Nixon ever did. I wouldn’t have believed something like this could happen in the United States of America.”
The source explained that the hacking was undoubtedly accomplished by “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.”