A little known former network television personality, Sharyl Attkisson, has filed suit in Federal Court claiming that the US Postal Service has been spying on her computer. Why the USPS would be interested in Attkisson’s computer is not clear. According to Atkkisson’s web site, her suit also names “the U.S. Department of Justice, and certain unnamed employees and/or agents of the federal government”.
Here’s the announcement of the suit, from her personal blog:
Washington, D.C., (January 5, 2015)—Investigative Journalist Sharyl Attkisson has filed administrative claims under the Federal Tort Claims Act against the U.S. Department of Justice, the U.S. Postal Service, and certain unnamed employees and/or agents of the federal government. Attkisson has also filed a lawsuit in the District of Columbia alleging certain violations of her constitutional rights based on information implicating the federal government in illegal electronic monitoring and surveillance of her home and business computers and phones from 2011 to 2013.
Attkisson worked for CBS for 20 years, where in recent years she pushed stories about Benghazi and the “Fast and Furious” investigation. She also aired a number of stories promoting the long discredited notion that vaccines cause autism. According to Politico, CBS let her go last March amid concerns by some staffers about her “agenda-driven” stories which raised questions about her impartiality.
Attkisson first charged that someone was spying on her computer in 2013. This past October she released a video that she claimed showed her PC being hacked. Security experts who viewed the video say it looks more likely that she had a stuck delete key.
Aside from the lack of real evidence of hacking, Attkisson’s claim that she was targeted for her anti-Obama stories seems a bit unlikely, given her relative obscurity. Fox News, after all, relied on Fast and Furious and Benghazi for the bulk of its programming for several years, and Darrell Issa held hearings on both subjects almost non-stop during the last Congress. Attkisson’s “reports” weren’t exactly groundbreaking. Which leaves one to wonder if the lawsuit and video are part of the publicity for her recently published book Stonewalled: My Fight for Truth Against the Forces of Obstruction, Intimidation, and Harassment in Obama’s Washington. It’s also worth noting that Attkisson has been backed, in previous suits she has filed, by “Judicial Watch”, a right wing lobbying group which was originally created to finance legal attcks on the Clinton Administration.
So why is she suing the USPS? We still don’t know- stay tuned!