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2012 Benghazi Attack CBS Scott Pelley Sharyl Attkisson

Says computer was hacked, stories killed

28 Oct, 2014

Attkisson writes in Stonewalled that an administration source she names Number One who she held meetings with in a McDonalds in Northern Virginia in early 2013 informed her that he had accessed her computer. He says the surveillance was:

…worse than anything Nixon ever did.

Attkisson is reported to give evidence that both her CBS computer and her personal iMac were repeatedly hacked and files were accessed, including one on Benghazi. Attkisson:

[…] the interlopers were able to co-opt my iMac and operate it remotely, as if they were sitting in front of it.

An inspection reveals that an extra fibre-optics cable was installed in her home without her knowledge. In fall 2013 when White House officials accused Attkisson of bias in her Benghazi reporting, files in her MacBook Air began deleting at hyperspeed. She videotaped the process and showed it to two computer experts. One of the experts:

They’re trying to send you a message

The experts found evidence that the intruders had tried to cover their tracks by erasing 23 hours of log-in information. Attkisson says blocking of her work became routine under CBS anchor Pelley and his executive producer at the time, Shevlin. Attkisson:

They rarely said the story wasn’t going to air. They just let it sit around and ‘loved it’ until it began to stink like old fish.

She says stories were repeatedly rewritten, watered down and delayed until they never made air. She says they weren’t only stories about the administration but also about government waste and corporate conduct, such as questions about the Boeing Dreamliner.