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October 27, 2014

Previews of Sharyl Attkisson's "Stonewalled:" A "Government-Related Entity" Hacked My Computer

Most Transparent Administration Ever.

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The breach was accomplished through an "otherwise innocuous e-mail" that Attkisson says she got in February 2012, then twice "redone" and "refreshed" through a satellite hookup and a Wi-Fi connection at a Ritz-Carlton hotel.

The spyware included programs that Attkisson says monitored her every keystroke and gave the snoops access to all her e-mails and the passwords to her financial accounts.

“The intruders discovered my Skype account handle, stole the password, activated the audio, and made heavy use of it, presumably as a listening tool,” she wrote...

There's more: three classified documents were planted inside the deep guts of her computer, buried in the code of the operating system where no one (except the one who planted them) would bother to look. Her source thinks this might have been a step towards compromising her (or "discovering evidence" sufficient to out her sources), should that become necessary.

Kyle Smith wrote a few days back about Attkisson's case proving collusion between the government and the corporate media.

Reporting on the many green-energy firms such as Solyndra that went belly-up after burning through hundreds of millions in Washington handouts, Attkisson ran into increasing difficulty getting her stories on the air. A colleague told her about the following exchange: "[The stories] are pretty significant," said a news exec.

"Maybe we should be airing some of them on the 'Evening News?' " Replied the program's chief Pat Shevlin, "What's the matter, don't you support green energy?"

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Attkisson mischievously cites what she calls the "Substitution Game": She likes to imagine how a story about today's administration would have been handled if it made Republicans look bad.

In green energy, for instance: "Imagine a parallel scenario in which President Bush and Vice President Dick Cheney personally appeared at groundbreakings for, and used billions of tax dollars to support, multiple giant corporate ventures whose investors were sometimes major campaign bundlers, only to have one (or two, or three) go bankrupt . . . when they knew in advance the companies' credit ratings were junk."

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One of her bosses had a rule that conservative analysts must always be labeled conservatives, but liberal analysts were simply "analysts." "And if a conservative analyst’s opinion really rubbed the supervisor the wrong way," says Attkisson, "she might rewrite the script to label him a 'right-wing' analyst."

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When the White House didn’t like her reporting, it would make clear where the real power lay. A flack would send a blistering e-mail to her boss, David Rhodes, CBS News' president -- and Rhodes's brother Ben, a top national security advisor to President Obama.

Much more at the link.


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