by Sharon Rondeau
(Jan. 6, 2015) — In a brief detailing claims against the U.S. Justice Department, and by extension, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF), former CBS Reporter Sharyl Attkisson states that ATF agents attempted to thwart her reporting of Fast & Furious, the gunrunning scandal which killed a U.S. Border Patrol agent and several hundred Mexicans, and that the supervising agency, the Department of Justice, “was actively seeking to identify and target government insiders providing information or ‘leaking’ to her and CBS.”
The Post & Email received the claims brief from Attkisson’s press contact, Melanie Potts, whose contact information was listed in her Monday press release.
Attkisson’s claims are made under the Federal Tort claims Act (FTCA).
She is also seeking $35,000,000 in compensation in a lawsuit brought by separate action for invasion of privacy, which she alleges included intrusion into her home, inability to use computers, television and the internet, and cellular phones. Attkisson reports that a computer forensics expert she hired to conduct an inspection of one of her computers reported that it “showed clear evidence of outside and unauthorized ‘intrusion’, and that the sources of the intrusion were state-supported due to the nature of the technology used.”
The DOJ has denied involvement in Attkisson’s technological problems experienced while she was reporting on Fast & Furious and the Benghazi, Libya terrorist attack which killed four Americans.
In March of last year, Attkisson left CBS and launched her own reporting endeavors. Her articles are often posted at The Daily Signal.
The nine-page claims brief can be read here: Attkisson – FTCA Claim_Schedule B_Sharyl Attkisson_DOJ