Sharyl Attkisson

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Sharyl Attkisson reporting from a combat mission over Kosovo.

Sharyl Attkisson (born 26 January 1961) is an American commentator, investigative reporter and 5-time Emmy Award-winning news anchor for CBS News, recipient of the Edward R. Murrow award for investigative reporting, and author of two New York Times bestsellers: The Smear and Stonewalled.

After twenty-one years with that network, she resigned on March 10, 2014,[1] this after CBS refused to take seriously certain conclusions she had reached in her reporting on the Benghazi massacre.

Attkisson is a recipient the Edward R. Murrow Award, named for the journalist who challenged Sen. Joseph McCarthy. Attkisson reported on the Obama administration's sales of illegal guns to Mexican drug cartels used to kill US Immigration Enforcement officers.

Bosnian sniper fire

Attkisson accompanied Secretary of State Hillary Clinton to Bosnia for CBS and provided the video to refute Clinton's claim she landed under sniper fire.[2]

Operation Fast and Furious

Attkisson reported that during a Congressional hearing on Operation Fast and Furious, ATF Special Agent Bill Newell told Congress he discussed approval of the case with a White House National Security staffer as early as September 2010.[3]

Benghazi massacre

Attkisson told Steve Bannon of Breitbart,

I think this was a textbook case of a narrative being managed. There were all kinds of sporadic investigations that weren’t allowed to do a complete job along the way. The media was waiting around to hear whatever the spin was from whomever rather than do their own investigations. Remember, a lot of this evidence that was spun as partisan came from insiders in the Obama administrationDemocrats, who supported Hillary Clinton…. These were very good sources that were turning evidence and giving testimony, but this was successfully spun by a lot of powers and with the media’s help as purely partisan.[4]

Obamagate hacking

Main article: Obamagate

On October 31, 2014, she revealed to the world videographic evidence[5] that some person or persons unknown installed keylogging and remote-access software and used it to interfere with her work and compromise several sensitive personal passwords. Worse yet, someone tampered with the router that provides her with high-speed Internet service.[6][7]

In her Best Seller, Stonewalled: One Reporter's Fight for Truth Against the Forces of Obstruction, Intimidation, and Harassment in Obama's Washington,[8] Attkisson tells how her work and personal computers had been hacked for more than two years after she began filing stories about the Benghazi massacre.[9] CBS News investigated and found evidence of multiple unauthorized accesses by a third party in late 2012.[10] The hackers were identified by experts as a US Government intelligence agency.[11] In March 2015, Attkisson and her family initiated suit against Eric Holder, Patrick R. Donahoe and unnamed agents of the US Department of Justice, the US Postal Service and the United States claiming to have been subjected to illegal surveillance activities.[12][13]

On March 19, 2017, a federal judge denies motion to dismiss case brought by former CBS anchor Sharyl Attkisson against Eric Holder and other Obamagate conspirators. Attkisson reported on Operation Fast and Furious, the Benghazi massacre coverup, and exposed the hoax reporting of Hillary Clinton landing under sniper fire. For this she was wiretapped and resigned from CBS. In her Best Seller, Stonewalled: One Reporter's Fight for Truth Against the Forces of Obstruction, Intimidation, and Harassment in Obama's Washington,[8] Attkisson details her story. The judge transferred the case allowing it to go forward.[14]

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  1. Macneal, Caitlin. "CBS Investigative Reporter Sharyl Attkisson Resigns From Network", March 10, 2014. 
  3. Sharyl Attkisson. ATF Manager says he shared Fast and Furious Info with White House, CBS News, July 26, 2011.
  5. Cellphone video by Sharyl Attkisson of actions of a remote-access program on her computer, a program she did not install. Accessed 1 November 2014.
  6. Cronn T., "Big Brother videotaped hacking reporter's computer," Godfather Politics, posted 1 November 2014. <>
  7. Hurlbut T, "Sharyl Attkisson meets Orwell", Conservative News and Views, posted 1 November 2014.<>
  8. 8.0 8.1 "Best Sellers: Combined Print & E-Book Nonfiction", The New York Times, November 23, 2014. 
  9. Mirkinson, Jack (May 21, 2013). CBS' Sharyl Attkisson: My Computers Were Compromised, 'Could Be Some Relationship' To DOJ Scandals. The Huffington Post. Retrieved on November 1, 2014.
  10. CBS News Confirms Sharyl Attkisson's Computer Breached. The Huffington Post (June 14, 2013).
  11. "Kyle Smith, Ex-CBS reporter: Government agency bugged my computer", New York Post, October 27, 2014, 
  12. Attkisson sues government over computer intrusions, Washington Post; Retrieved March 6, 2015.
  13. to Editorial Opinion re Attkisbson, Washington Post; Retrieved March 6, 2015.
  14. In his ruling the judge stated: "In 2011--at the same time that Ms. Attkisson was conducting investigations and issuing certain of her high-profile news reports--the Attkissons 'began to notice anomalies in numerous electronic devices at their home in Virginia.' These anomalies included Ms. Attkisson's work-issued laptop computer and a family desktop computer 'turning on and off at night without input from anyone in the household,' 'the house alarm chirping daily at different times,' and 'television problems, including interference.' All of these electronic devices used 'the Verizon FiOS line installed in [the Attkissons'] home,' but Verizon was unable to stanch the anomalous activity despite multiple attempts. In January 2012, the Attkissons' residential internet service 'began constantly dropping off'."
    "In February 2012, 'sophisticated surveillance spyware' was installed on Ms. Attkisson's work-issued laptop computer. A later forensic computer analysis revealed that Ms. Attkisson's laptop and the family's desktop computer had been the 'targets of unauthorized surveillance efforts.' That same forensic analysis revealed that Ms. Attkisson's mobile phone was also targeted for surveillance when it was connected to the family's desktop computer. The infiltration of that computer and the extraction of information from it was 'executed via an IP address owned, controlled, and operated by the United States Postal service.' Additionally, based on the sophisticated nature of the software used to carry out the infiltration and software fingerprints indicating the use of the federal government's proprietary software, the infiltration and surveillance appeared to be perpetrated by persons in the federal government."
    "An independent forensic computer analyst hired by CBS subsequently reported finding evidence on both Ms. Attkisson's work-issued laptop computer and her family's desktop computer of 'a coordinated, highly-skilled series of actions and attacks directed at the operation of the computers.' Computer forensic analysis also indicated that remote actions were taken in December 2012 to remove the evidence of the electronic infiltration and surveillance from Ms. Attkisson's computers and other home electronic equipment."
    "As Ms. Attkisson's investigations and reporting continued, in October 2012 the Attkissons noticed 'an escalation of electronic problems at their personal residence, including interference in home and mobile phone lines, computer interference, and television interference.' In November of that year, Ms. Attkisson's mobile phones 'experienced regular interruptions and interference, making telephone communications unreliable, and, at times, virtually impossible'."
    "Additionally, in December 2012, a person with government intelligence experience conducted an inspection of the exterior of the Attkissons' Virginia home. That investigator discovered an extra Verizon FiOS fiber optics line. Soon thereafter, after a Verizon technician was instructed by Ms. Attkisson to leave the extra cable at the home, the cable disappeared, and the Attkissons were unable to determine what happened to it. In March 2013, the Attkissons' desktop computer malfunctioned, and in September of that year, while Ms. Attkisson was working on a story at her home, she observed that her personal laptop computer was remotely accessed and controlled, resulting in data being deleted from it. On April 3, 2013, Ms. Attkisson filed a complaint with the Inspector General of the Department of Justice. The Inspector General's investigation was limited to an analysis of the compromised desktop computer, and the partially-released report that emerged from that investigation reported 'no evidence of intrusion,' although it did note 'a great deal of advanced mode computer activity not attributable to Ms. Attkisson or anybody in her household'."
    "The Attkissons allege that the 'cyber-attacks' they 'suffered in [their] home' were perpetrated by 'personnel working on behalf of the United States.' Accordingly, they have asserted various claims against the United States and against former Attorney General Eric Holder, former Postmaster General Patrick Donahoe, and unknown agents of the Department of Justice, the United States Postal Service, and the United States, all in their individual capacities. Those claims include claims against the United States under the FTCA and claims against the individual federal officers for violations of constitutional rights under Bivens v. Six Unknown Named Agents of Fed. Bureau of Narcotics, 403 U.S. 388 (1971)..."

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