“Washington, D.C. – Former CBS News correspondent, Sharyl Attkisson, has sued the Justice Department over the hacking of her computers, officially accusing the Obama administration of illegal surveillance while she was reporting on administration scandals.
“In a series of illegal filings that seek $35 million in damages, Attkisson alleges that three separate computer forensic exams showed that hackers used sophisticated methods to monitor her work between 2011 and 2013.
“The department has categorically denied any involvement in the hacking, saying in a 2013 statement: “to our knowledge, the Justice Department has never compromised Ms. Attkisson’s computers, or otherwise sought any information from or concerning any telephone, computer, or other media device she may own or use.”
“In an interview, Attkisson said: “I just think it’s important to send a message that people shouldn’t be victimized and throw up their hands and think there’s nothing they can do and they’re powerless.”
“In the lawsuit and related claims against the Postal Service, filed in Washington, Attkisson says the intruders installed and periodically refreshed software to steal data and obtain passwords on her home and work computers. She also charges that the hackers monitored her audio using a Skype account.
“Attkisson resigned from CBS last March after complaining that she was increasingly unable to get her investigative stories on the air. She has published a best-selling book, “Stonewalled”, about her battles against the network and the administration as she investigated stories on such subjects as Obamacare, Fast and Furious and Benghazi.
In an interview with Newslo, Attkisson stated: “I completely understand the need of those in power to be certain that no one is trying to hurt them; but, I had private files on my computer that were meant for my and my husband’s eyes only. No one, and especially not our government, has the right to stick their nose in my private business, or any citizen of America, for that matter.”
She further added: “Any nude pictures I may or may not have on my private computer are my property alone. The government is the only suspect with the technology and interest to go after my private nude photos, not to mention it has cost me my job. Well, now I’m going to make them pay for it.”