The Emmy award winning CBS investigative reporter who has been the mainstream media’s lone voice to tenaciously dig into the events centered on Benghazi, said in a Tuesday radio interview that both her personal and business phones and computers have been compromised.
Last week we learned that the Justice Department had seized two months of Associated Press reporters’ phone records. On Sunday, The Washington Post reported that the Justice Department had seized Fox News Washington reporter James Rosen’s personal emails. On Monday, Fox News disclosed that additional Fox employees’ records had been compromised.
Given this background, when Sharyl Attkisson appeared this morning on the Chris Stigall radio show on Philadelphia’s WPHT, the program’s host began by asking the inevitable question: “Do you know if your phone was tapped or your emails watched or seized while you were having conversations with unnamed sources at the White House on Benghazi, Sharyl?”
That’s when Attkisson dropped the bombshell.
“Well, um, I’m not ready to fully speak publicly about things that have affected me, because I’m trying to be methodical and careful about what I say,” she said.
“But there has been an issue in my house and there has been an issue with my computers — It’s gone on for quite a long time — that we’re looking into.”
While she admitted there could be a correlation between DOJ’s seizure of Rosen’s records and what she’s going through, she wasn’t ready to say so with certainty. However, she does admit that the White House has had her in its crosshairs for some time.
“They’ve had many reasons to be angry,” Attkisson joked.
She told talk radio host Laura Ingraham as far back as late 2011 when reporting on Fast and Furious that the White House “will tell you that I’m the only reporter — as they told me — that is not reasonable.”
Following her interview with Chris Stigall, she gave a separate interview with Politico on the question of the possible seizure of her records.
“I can confirm that an intrusion of my computers has been under some investigation on my end for some months but I’m not prepared to make an allegation against a specific entity today as I’ve been patient and methodical about this matter,” Attkisson said. “I need to check with my attorney and CBS to get their recommendations on info we make public.”
Attkisson considered the DOJ’s actions against AP and Fox News “unconstitutional, illegal, if it’s true.”
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