Obama Leak “Witch Hunt”: The Computer Intrusions

Above image: Journalist SharylAttkisson testifies to Congress about the proposed “SHIELD” law to protect reporters from revealing confidential sources, July 2018

The following is the 11th in a series of excerpts from my New York Times bestseller “Stonewalled,” which recounts the government intrusions of my computers. More excerpts to follow.

I appreciate their consideration, but I don’t think they’ll find anything.

“What’s the point?” I ask.

“You never know, you might be surprised at what turns up. And it’s no trouble to look,” says one.

Between the two of them, they check the walls, the telephones. Lamps, bookshelves. They climb into the attic, where the Verizon man once lurked. They disassemble my electric power strips, examine the alarm system, and sweep the inside and outside of my car. Nothing.

The truth is, I’ve given up on the idea of privacy for the moment. Those who possess the skills to do what they’ve already done can pretty easily penetrate most any computer or device, most anytime, most anyplace. One source explains to me that Microsoft works on coding with the government so that anti-malware programs view the government’s spyware as something friendly that belongs in the Microsoft environment. I belong here, the intruder tells the virus scanner. Move along, nothing to see, you amateurs. I can switch out phones, put a Band-Aid over the camera in my computer, and run debugging programs all day long. For those who have the toys and technology, defeating my defenses is child’s play.

On May 6, 2013, I make contact with an excellent source who has crucial information: the name of the person responsible for my computer intrusions. He provides me the name and I recognize it. I’m not surprised. It strikes me as desperate and cowardly that those responsible would resort to these tactics. That’s all I can say about that for now.

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The inspector general’s office checks in and gives me a bit of infor- mation. It’s the same thing Number One told me in January: there’s no PATRIOT Act order on me. The IG official also says the FBI denies having anything to do with my situation. Naturally, I’m dubious. I wonder who at the FBI was asked, what words they used in their denial, and was any of this put in writing. I suggest to the IG official that he might not be getting the whole story. He wants to know if my sources will speak with his office. I approach Number One.

“Frankly, I’m not comfortable,” he tells me. “The IG works for the people who did this to you.”

Inspectors general are supposed to be independent watchdogs of their agencies, and the Justice Department IG has a good reputation. But there can be an element of political influence even in some of the best IG offices. Number One’s been around the block. He doesn’t trust the IG. He says I shouldn’t, either.

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It’s with great interest that I retrospectively view an interesting publication on WikiLeaks to which a contact directs my attention. On February 27, 2012, WikiLeaks began publishing five million emails purported to be from the Texas-headquartered “global intelligence” company Stratfor. One document of particular interest is dated September 2010 and is titled, “Obama Leak Investigations.”

“Brennan is behind the witch hunts of investigative journalists learning information from inside the beltway sources,” it says. “There is a specific tasker from the [White House] to go after anyone print- ing materials negative to the Obama agenda (oh my). Even the FBI is shocked.”

Stratfor email, Sept. 2010 via WikiLeaks

All of this tees up the global news that’s about to break revealing the Obama administration’s surveillance of reporters—and the general public.

Actual email text follows:

Obama Leak Investigations (internal use only—pls do not forward)

Released on 2012-09-10 00:00 GMT Email-ID: 1210665
Date: 2010-09-21 21:38:37
From: [email protected]

To: [email protected]
Brennan is behind the witch hunts of investigative journalists learning information from inside the beltway sources.

Note—There is specific tasker from the WH to go after anyone printing materials negative to the Obama agenda (oh my.) Even the FBI is shocked. The Wonder Boys must be in meltdown mode. . . .

To Be Continued…

[hr]Read excerpt #1 here: The Computer Intrusions: Up at Night

#2: Big Brother: First Warnings

#3: The Computer Intrusions: Disappearing Act

#4: The Incredible, Elusive “Verizon Man”

#5: I Spy: The Government’s Secrets

#6: Computer Intrusions: The Discovery

#7: Notifying CBS About the Government Computer Intrusions

#8: The MCALLEN Case: Computer Intrusion Confirmed 

#9: The Disruptions Continue

#10: Revelations in the Government Computer Intrusion

Sharyl Attkisson, Investigative Journalist

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28 thoughts on “Obama Leak “Witch Hunt”: The Computer Intrusions”

  1. Hello Sharyl!
    Merry Christmas & Happy New Year!
    I have been reading the information from your website for over a year, and I read your book “Smear”. It is truly frightening what is going in the political swamp and how the DOJ, FBI, CIA, NSA and other agencies have become the useful idiots of politicians who want to cling to their power & money.
    I know you are fighting the good fight, and you need to expose the corruption of these agencies. However, I’m concerned, as I consider donating to the legal fund, what the outcome will be for those of us who donate. If all is swept under the rug in the political/legal process and the mainstream media either ignores the story or considers it fake new as they protect Obama/Clinton, what do common, ordinary citizens like me who are retired and concerned about our financial future get for our money? I know $100 is not a big deal. But since you have so many people supporting you, and I am sure they are able to contribute a lot financially or pro bono, why go to the American citizens for money? I’m sure the result of all this will be another book that will help pay legal expenses. But just how much does it cost for such a case? And if you win, is the government going to compensate you for legal or pain/suffering/reputation costs?
    I suppose this comment demonstrates that I don’t trust anything to do with our current Federal system, and that all includes all three branches. If you can give me what you think will be an outcome that will cause more changes in how American citizens can have our privacy protected from “Big Brother”, I will seriously consider a donation.
    As a Christian minister, I will also continue to pray for your safety, wisdom and the success of the lawsuit.

  2. I agree with the minister’s assessment of the federal government operatives. Only Trump could have rocked their illicit world by his actions. Possibly he and/or his children will continue to fight for legitimate American citizens proud of their nation and Constitution. As other nations’ individuals continue to rise up in support of our nation, there could be an international groundswell against the corrupt NYC/DC/Hollywood cabal. Good luck and best wishes to you.

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