Former CBS News investigative reporter Sharyl Attkisson, who is suing the federal government for allegedly spying on her, told Newsmax TV
on Monday that a Justice Department report on whether her personal computer was hacked is not the all-clear that some news stories have made it out to be.
"There's a lot of misreporting," said "Stonewalled"
author Attkisson, telling "MidPoint" host Ed Berliner that the report from Justice Department's Office of Inspector General neither confirms nor denies her central charge: that the U.S. government infiltrated her computers when she was with CBS and was aggressively reporting on the Obama Justice Department.
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"I did see a lot of headlines that said [the report] 'disputed claims,' " said Attkisson. "Well, it didn't 'dispute.' It's accurate that they couldn't substantiate [the allegation], but it's also accurate that they couldn't rule it out."
She added that the report only covered her home computer because CBS has declined to turn over her office computers for examination by the Inspector General's office.
Attkisson, who testified about her conflicts with the Justice Department at the confirmation hearings
of Attorney General nominee Loretta Lynch, also said the Inspector General's office has only released a summary of its findings, and not the full report — which she said she will have to pry loose using a Freedom of Information (FOIA) request.
She said that "reading the summary, it sure looks to me like someone's finger is in the pot, because once again they won't give me the original information, which is subject to a FOIA request, and the tone of the summary does not reflect the tone of the investigators' conversations and discussions with me."
She accused other media outlets reporting on her allegations of effectively covering for the government by allowing the administration to "shape the narrative in an incorrect direction" in order to discredit her.
"I will be dealing with all that in our way — with our lawsuit — rather than trying to fight it out with the propaganda blogs," she said, a reference to liberal political outlets such as Media Matters, which have treated Attkisson's charges skeptically.
Attkisson said that if other reporters would stop focusing on her as a whistleblower, and would instead direct tough questions at the agencies she has accused of wrongdoing, "they might get some answers."
"But many of them either lack the critical thinking or the will to do these sorts of things," she said.
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