According to Attkisson’s own website, a former U.S. government agent admitted to illegally spying on her and claimed that Rosenstein was the ringleader of the operation, ordering other defendants to surveil the investigative reporter. As a result of this information, Attkisson and her family filed the lawsuit.
The complaint claims the spying took place at the U.S. attorney’s office in Baltimore, MD.
“The Plaintiffs first acquired the details regarding key individuals involved in the surveillance in August, 2019, from a person involved in the wrongdoing who has come forward to provide information. Prior to that time, the Government and its agents and representatives had denied that any such conduct had occurred, including denials in Court pleadings and argument,” states the lawsuit.
Attkisson was surveilled while she was covering the Obama Administration scandal known as Operation Fast and Furious as a CBS News investigative correspondent. The spying continued throughout her reporting on the September 11, 2012 Benghazi attacks.
Sharyl Attkisson.com also reports that a former FBI Unit Chief signed a sworn Affidavit “confirming that forensics prove U.S. government software was used in illegal surveillance on Attkisson and her family.”
The Unit Chief, Leslie Szwajkowski claims a colleague asked him for help while examining Attkisson’s computer in 2012 and says some of his colleagues were “shocked” and “outraged” that the government would spy on a journalist.
“I personally could not imagine that something like this could ever happen in the United State of America,” said Szwajowski.
Szwajkowski claims those spying on Attkisson’s computer had “full access” to files, photographs and included a keystroke monitoring program. They also had access to Attkisson’s audio through Skype.
In a statement, Attkisson said, “I’ve learned that when the Justice Dept. won’t hold its own accountable, the ability to get justice in civil court can be nearly impossible for an ordinary citizen, even when irrefutable forensic proof and admissions are in hand, such as in my case. There are six ways from Sunday that the Justice Department can make sure the proof is never seen by a jury. On the other hand, it’s worth the fight because at least we are bringing important information to light about the illegal government abuses that I believe have happened to many U.S. citizens, the least of which is me. I’m grateful to the 4th amendment and free press advocates who have continued to selflessly support this effort.”