CBS’s Attkisson reports ‘some compromising of my computer systems’
In an appearance on 1210 AM WPHT in Philadelphia on Tuesday, CBS investigative journalist Sharyl Attkisson, whose investigative work on the Obama White House has frequently provoked hot reactions, revealed the she had discovered evidence that her computer system may have been tampered with.
Attkisson explained her situation to host Chris Stigall and indicated more details would be forthcoming.
“I’m not ready to fully speak publicly about some things that have affected me because I’m trying to be methodical and careful about what I say,” Attkisson said. “But there has been an issue in my house and there has been an issue with my computer that’s gone on for quite a long time that we’re looking into.”
Later in the interview, Attkisson elaborated on what exactly had been tampered with.
“I have been, as I said, pursuing an issue for a long time now — longer than you’ve been hearing about this in the news with some compromising of my computer systems in my house, my personal computer systems as well as my work computer system,” Attkisson said. “So we’re digging into that and just not ready to say too much more right now, but I am concerned.”
Attkisson said she had been able to ascertain that “a particular thing had happened” as far back as February 2011, but she suspected the issue dated back before that.
Politico’s Dylan Byers followed up with Attkisson following her appearance on “The Chris Stigall Show,” and she confirmed her previous statement.
“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.”
Back in October 2011, Attkisson revealed to radio host Laura Ingraham she was the victim of a Justice Department’s anger when she was “yelled” and “screamed” at over her coverage of the “Fast and Furious” scandal.
Attkisson’s coverage of “Fast and Furious,” the Benghazi terrorist attacks and other Obama administration scandals has also prompted widespread speculation about a rift between her and her CBS bosses, including CBS News president David Rhodes, whose brother Ben Rhodes is a former fiction writer who is now President Obama’s deputy national security adviser for strategic communication and reportedly took the lead in revising the Benghazi talking points.
In response to a previous Daily Caller story on Attkisson’s position at CBS News, a Tiffany Network representative sent the following statement “Sharyl is one of our most valued colleagues, has been for over 20 years, and we look forward to her reporting extensively for CBS News now and in the future.”