Ed Driscoll

'The Most Stunning News Story of 2014'

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“In her new memoir, Sharyl Attkisson [formerly with CBS] says a source who arranged to have her laptop checked for spyware in 2013 was ‘shocked’ and ‘flabbergasted’ at what the analysis revealed,” the New York Post reports:

“This is outrageous. Worse than anything Nixon ever did. I wouldn’t have believed something like this could happen in the United States of America,” Attkisson quotes the source saying.

She speculates that the motive was to lay the groundwork for possible charges against her or her sources.

Attkisson says the source, who’s “connected to government three-letter agencies,” told her the computer was hacked into by “a sophisticated entity that used commercial, nonattributable spyware that’s proprietary to a government agency: either the CIA, FBI, the Defense Intelligence Agency or the National Security Agency.”

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.

Describing Attkisson’s report as “The Most Stunning News Story of 2014,” at Power Line, John Hinderaker adds:

If the Obama administration hacked into a reporter’s computers, used them to spy on her, and even prepared to frame her for a potential criminal prosecution by planting classified documents, aren’t we looking at the biggest scandal in American history? Perhaps I’m forgetting something, but I can’t come up with anything to equal the stunning lawlessness on display here–if what Attkisson says is true (which I don’t doubt), and if the administration is the guilty party.

Shortly after 9/11, Frank Rich, then still with the New York Times, and much of the rest of the MSM worked themselves into apoplexy merely because then-Bush spokesman Ari Fleischer merely said “all Americans that they need to watch what they say, watch what they do,” in response to a GOP congressman’s moronic statement that “If I see someone come in and he’s got a diaper on his head and a fan belt around that diaper on his head, that guy needs to be pulled over and checked.” Which was a crack that understandably angered American Sikhs in addition to Muslim-Americans. Today, because the Chicago-level of corruption of the Obama administration is so pervasive and its effects so cumulative, actual spying on journalists — and insertion of spyware into their computers — gains very little traction in the MSM. It’s a reminder how inured we’ve become to the corruption of Mr. Obama and his staffers.

Certainly the MSM have; and will remain so until the next time there’s a president with an (R) after his name.