In an interview today with Glenn Beck, former CBS News investigative reporter Sharyl Attkisson again addressed the issue of her compromised computers, saying she was “outraged” that someone would attempt to hack them. She also noted that she’d been warned that she was “probably being monitored” and that this particular tip came before the revelations from National Security Agency whistleblower Edward Snowden and the news that the Associated Press’s phone records had been seized.
Here’s the back-and-forth between Beck and Attkisson:
Beck: Can you take us through what it felt like when you realized, “Holy cow, people are coming after me”?
Attkisson: I’ve always had that in the back of my mind because of the kind of stories I do, although in the past I’ve always been more concerned about certain corporations than government, but I had been warned for some time prior to discovery of my computer intrusions that I was probably being monitored. I have very good sources in government corners so it sounded a little paranoid to me but these are people I respect very much. And of course this was way before the Snowden revelations and the Associated Press revelations so it did sound a little funny at first, but once we were able to confirm some of what was happening, as I’ve said I’m outraged. I think people should be just standing up on buildings and screaming about this because if someone is willing to compromise the press or whether they were going after sources or trying to intimidate me, these are things that are, I think, very sensitive in a society that we have today that these attempts would be made. I’m trying not to say too much more. I’m going to let my lawyer comment on more specifics of this, hopefully in the not too distant future. But it’s very technical and I don’t want to…
Those comments mark yet another instance in which Attkisson has teased killer details about her computer break-ins without saying what actually happened. As the Erik Wemple Blog noted almost a year ago, any number of hacking scenarios could have happened to Attkisson.
In her chat with Beck, Attkisson noted that she and her people have been able to “confirm some of what was happening.”
Well, disclose it already. If it’s as scandalous at Attkisson is suggesting, this blog will be “standing up on buildings” along with hordes of Attkisson supporters. Until then, we’ll stay at ground level.
For most of the rest of the interview, Attkisson and Beck talked about Benghazi, Libya, and weak-kneed, ideologically tilted editors.