Verne Strickland: Wilmington NC Dec. 21, 2014
This story is personal to me because I know that the posts on my conservative Christian blog are altered -- text and photos -- censored (cut short) and removed from availability on the net. I hasten to say that, while an allegation is made by national CBS reporter Sharyl Attkisson, my own posts are not as broadly circulated, although they do reach a wide and loyal audience. Still, I am vexed at the abuse of my rights, and being singled out for this treatment. I will not go quietly.
"Sharyl Attkisson has just published a book, Stonewalled, detailing her difficulties covering the Obama White House when she was at CBS. The network confirmed in 2013 that her computer had been bugged. At the time, she was covering both the Benghazi and Fast and Furious scandals.
CBS said at the time:
"A cyber security firm hired by CBS News has determined through forensic analysis that Sharyl Attkisson’s computer was accessed by an unauthorized, external, unknown party on multiple occasions late in 2012.
" …an intruder had executed commands that appeared to involve search and exfiltration of data.
"This party also used sophisticated methods to remove all possible indications of unauthorized activity, and alter system times to cause further confusion.
"Attkisson suspects her computer was hacked by a government agency. She says:
"(The hacking was done 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."
(Related version of Attkisson Federal Bugging Story)
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.”