OF HERSELF AND OTHERS
by Sharon Rondeau
(Apr. 17, 2017) — On Sunday, former CBS News journalist Sharyl Attkisson released an “Obama-era Surveillance Timeline” detailing events occurring before, simultaneously and after she discovered that her computers, telephones and internet service were intruded upon in 2012, allegedly by a government entity.
The findings was confirmed by forensics analysts hired privately by Attkisson as well as by CBS.
On Twitter on Monday, Attkisson released a link to an updated version of the timeline.
Her write-up follows an article dated April 12 titled, “When “incidental” intel collection—isn’t incidental” which begins, “I’ve spoken to a small group of reliable, formerly high-placed intelligence officials who have dropped a few interesting tidbits on me of late.”
She then listed a number of her discoveries in bullet-point format, concluding with:
Possibly inappropriate requests to “unmask” names of U.S. citizens captured during surveillance of a foreign target may be preceded by a chain of communications intended to provide a pretense or cover story to justify the unmasking.
“Unmasking” refers to the identification of a U.S. citizen whose communications with a foreign “target” under U.S. government surveillance are captured.
Attkisson’s entry for September 21, 2010 reads:
Internal email entitled “Obama Leak Investigations” at “global intelligence” company Stratfor claims Obama’s then-Homeland Security adviser John Brennan is targeting journalists.
“Brennan is behind the witch hunts of investigative journalists learning information from inside the beltway sources,” writes one Stratfor official to another.
The email continues: “Note — There is specific tasker from the [White House] to go after anyone printing materials negative to the Obama agenda (oh my.) Even the FBI is shocked. The Wonder Boys must be in meltdown mode…”
“The Wonder Boys” reportedly refers to the National Security Agency (NSA). Brennan later becomes President Obama’s CIA Director.
She then detailed her discovery, through a confidential source, of the gunrunning operation “Fast & Furious” which led then-Attorney General Eric Holder’s media staff to identify her as “out of control.”
Under the heading “December 2012,” Attkisson reported:
Two intelligence-connected sources separately suggest to Attkisson that she’s likely under government surveillance due to her reporting. One source tells her the government has pushed the envelope like never before and that public would be shocked to “learn the extent that the government is conducting surveillance of private citizens.”
As Attkisson arranges a forensic exam of her computer, evidence later shows the intruders then attempted to cover their tracks and to erase evidence of their intrusion. However, the erasures leave additional forensic evidence.
The timeline notes that the telephone records of Fox News’s James Rosen and approximately two dozen Associated Press journalists were collected by the U.S. Department of Justice without the reporters’ knowledge or a warrant.
Attkisson’s report appears to support the claims made by Atty. Larry Klayman, who represents former NSA and CIA contractor Dennis Montgomery. In dozens of videos produced since the new year, Klayman has stated that Montgomery’s testimony to two FBI agents nearly two years ago was expected to result in an investigation as to why prominent businessmen, Klayman himself, Donald Trump and more than 150 judges allegedly were placed under surveillance by the U.S. government.
More recently, Klayman has urged the U.S. House Intelligence Committee to have Montgomery testify as to the data he reportedly collected while working as a software developer for the government.
When on March 4, Donald Trump, using the term “wiretapped,” tweeted that his office at Trump Tower was placed under surveillance by the Obama regime, the mainstream media immediately ridiculed the claim “unsubstantiated” and “without evidence.”
On the same day, CBS News quoted Obama spokesman Kevin Lewis as having suggested that Trump’s claim was “simply false” while contending that “A cardinal rule of the Obama administration was that no White House official ever interfered with any independent investigation led by the Department of Justice.”
Klayman has named former CIA Director John Brennan and former NSA Director James Clapper as having allegedly carried out the surveillance of Trump during the presidential campaign. “This will go all the way to the top,” he told McLain, indicating that he believes Barack Obama was aware of the surveillance or “should have known.”
As Attikisson made her computer-intrusion claims known, left-leaning media attempted to discredit her.
Attkisson is still awaiting the release of her FBI file. “Where’s my @FBI file and why withhold it?” she tweeted both on Monday and last week.
In January, former journalist and writer Jon Rappaport published an interview of Attkisson in which he wrote:
…Attkisson is unable to see her FBI file. The FBI won’t show it to her. This is a breach of law. They won’t show it to her because it would reveal the FBI and DOJ stance on her investigative work at CBS. They didn’t like her work. They considered it a threat. They considered it an exposure of truths they wanted kept under wraps, relating to Fast and Furious, Benghazi, Green Energy Waste, etc.
On March 19, a federal judge refused to dismiss Attkisson’s multi-million-dollar lawsuit against the DOJ.
After two decades and having received a number of journalism awards, in 2014 Attkisson resigned from CBS with the apparent sense that her investigative reports had been sidelined by CBS producers, perhaps out of a desire to protect the Obama regime.
Attkisson is the author of two books and now hosts Full Measure News on Sunday mornings at 9:30 a.m. ET. On Easter Sunday, she aired an interview with Sen. Lindsey Graham discussing the revelation that Obama’s national security adviser, Susan Rice, had requested that certain U.S. citizens associated with the Trump campaign be “unmasked” prior to the election.