After months of saying that the government was maybe, probably spying on her, Sharyl Attkisson now believes she’s maybe, probably on some kind of list of the Obama administration’s top adversaries.
In an interview published late Monday, the former CBS News investigative journalist was asked by the Hollywood Reporter why the government would target her instead of aggressive partisans like Glenn Beck or Rush Limbaugh.
“The question carries the assumption that they haven’t targeted others. I kind of assume I’m on a list,” Attkisson said. “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.”
The response — a vague, half-committed suggestion offered without a shred of evidence — was classic Attkisson. Before she was busy promoting “Stonewalled,” her tell-all memoir that hit bookshelves today, Attkisson was cagey whenever asked who she thought was responsible for the intrusions (which her former employer also confirmed). By now, it’s clear that she wanted to save the juiciest details for the book.
Citing one of several pseudonymous sources in the book, Attkisson wrote that her computer was likely hacked 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.”
The disclosures offered throughout the current promotional tour have only invited more questions about Attkisson’s claims. Last week, she released what she said was a video showing her computer being hacked, but the footage wasn’t exactly convincing.
During a Monday interview with Fox News host Bill O’Reilly, Attkisson mentioned casually that her team of investigators had come into “new information uncovered as recently as the last couple of weeks.”