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Another? CBS News investigative reporter Sharyl Attkisson says her work and personal computers have been compromised

By Doug Powers  •  May 21, 2013 12:41 PM

**Written by Doug Powers

CBS News investigative reporter Sharyl Attkisson has been doing a lot of digging. It would appear that somebody might be curious about her sources — either that or they were trying to steal her Angry Birds password:

“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 told POLITICO on Tuesday. “I need to check with my attorney and CBS to get their recommendations on info we make public.”
Attkisson told WPHT that irregular activity on her computer was first identified in Feb. 2011, when she was reporting on the Fast and Furious gun-walking scandal and on the Obama administration’s green energy spending, which she said “the administration was very sensitive about.” Attkisson has also been a persistent investigator of the events surrounding last year’s attack in Benghazi, and its aftermath.

Though there’s still no final determination on who compromised Attkisson’s computers or in what way, it comes hot on the heels of news that the Justice Department spied on Fox News reporter James Rosen, as well as two of Rosen’s colleagues.

As much as the DOJ has been in the news for seizing electronic records of reporters, I won’t assume they had any direct hand in this. The brother of Obama’s Deputy National Security Advisor is the president of CBS News. If the Obama administration wanted something from Attkisson, maybe they could have just asked the network to get it for them.

Just to be safe though, investigative journalists might want to switch to using only pencils, notepads and Selectric typewriters until the dust settles.

Audio of Attkisson discussing this on the Chris Stigall show:

**Written by Doug Powers

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