Attkisson: Assume I’m On Obama Admin’s ‘Enemies List’
THIS JUST IN: The Obama Administration doesn’t like Sharyl Attkisson.
Well, that’s really nothing new. However, news of an “enemies list” is.
According to an interview with The Hollywood Reporter, Attkisson was told by sources within the Obama administration there is an “enemies list,” which she assumes she’s on along with other reporters such as James Rosen, whom the administration has targeted. (RELATED: Reporter Says Federal Government May Have Hacked Her Computer)
The former CBS News investigative reporter is in the midst of promoting her new book, “Stonewalled,” which has already included TV appearances on “The O’Reilly Factor” Monday night and “Fox & Friends” Tuesday morning.
Hollywood Reporter: Do you believe that people working for the president of the United States hacked your computer and spied on you?
Attkisson: The way you phrase the question makes me want to couch it a little bit. I have been told by two computer forensics experts that a highly sophisticated entity using abilities outside non-government resources, using software proprietary either to the DIA, CIA, FBI or NSA made repeat remote intrusions into both my computers over a period of time. And we have evidence of a government computer connection into my computer system.
HR: And why do you think they would target you as opposed to more partisan voices, like Rush Limbaugh or Glenn Beck?
The question carries the assumption that they haven’t targeted others. I kind of assume I’m on a list. I don’t think I’m the only one, along with James Rosen and the Associated Press, that garnered special attention. There’s probably a list of people.
HR: So an enemies list, like in the Nixon administration?
Attkisson: I’ve been told there is such a list, yes.
HR: And who do you suspect is on that list?
Attkisson: Well, there’s an internal email that indicated reporters who were working with leakers in government agencies or perceived as enemies of the White House are being targeted. So I think that’s probably accurate — anybody that they perceive as harmful to their agenda or working with leakers and whistle-blowers, which I did a lot of.
HR: Do you have sources who told you the names on that list? Is Rush Limbaugh on that list, for example?
Attkisson: Another reporter told me — I can’t remember who — that they thought he was on some sort of target list, but I don’t know that to be the case. I have someone who told me the existence of a list but not the names on it.
As part of her interview tour, Attkisson spoke to TheDC’s Ginni Thomas. Part 1 of the interview will appear Nov. 9, with part 2 coming Nov. 16th.