January 5, 2015

Politico | Fox News

Former CBS News reporter Sharyl Attkisson has filed suit against the U.S. Department of Justice for illegal surveillance allegedly conducted while she was reporting on the government, multiple sources reported Monday.

Attkisson told Fox News’ Howard Kurtz she and her attorneys have evidence tying the government to various surveillance attempts including monitoring the audio on her Skype account and refreshing “software to steal data and obtain passwords on her home and work computers.”

Attkisson previously detailed the accusations of government surveillance in her book, “Stonewalled: My Fight for Truth Against the Forces of Obstruction, Intimidation, and Harassment in Obama’s Washington,” which was published in November. Among other things, the book mentions a suspicious cable that was attached to her Verizon FiOS box. She also published a video that purported to show an outside entity hacking her word processor. Max Fisher of Vox.com analyzed the video and says it shows a stuck backspace key.

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