CBS News reporter Sharyl Attkisson said on Tuesday that her personal and work computers have been compromised — likening the intrusion to the Justice Department's surveillance of Fox News reporter James Rosen five years ago.
"I can confirm that an intrusion of my computers has been under some investigation on my end for some months but I'm not prepared to make an allegation against a specific entity today as I've been patient and methodical about this matter," Attkisson told Politico
. "I need to check with my attorney and CBS to get their recommendations on info we make public."
The matter was under investigation, she said.
However, Attkisson told WPHT-TV in Philadelphia earlier on Tuesday that, she did not know the complete specifics the intrusion, but "there could be some relationship between these things and what's happened to James [Rosen]," who was investigated by Justice after reporting on CIA intelligence about North Korea in 2009.
The Washington Post reported that Justice had searched Rosen's personal e-mails and tracked his visits to the State Department.
The court affidavit in the case described Rosen as "at the very least, either as an aider, abettor and/or co-conspirator" of his government source, presumably because he had solicited classified information from that source.
The accusation has been widely disputed by other journalists, Politico reports.
Attkisson told WPHT that irregular activity on her computer was first identified in February 2011, when she was reporting on the Fast and Furious gun-walking debacle and on the Obama White House's spending on green energy — something she said "the administration was very sensitive about."
She also has been a persistent investigator of the Benghazi attacks last Sept. 11 that killed U.S. Ambassador Christopher Stevens and three other Americans.
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