President Donald Trump has deemed the unjust surveillance on some of his campaign officials during the 2016 elections “Obamagate.” As of late, a flood of documents has been released from 2016 and 2017 which shows the Obama administration and intelligence officials knowingly used false information about Russian collusion to justify surveillance and abuse of intelligence resources.
Apparently, what we have come to know is just the tip of the iceberg. Former CBS reporter Sharyl Attkisson has come forth saying this is only the latest development in a decade-long battle. In an interview with Mediate, Attkisson said, “I would say I may not be one of the first victims, but I am one of the first people who was able to identify myself as a target of illegal spying under the Obama administration.”
Mediate reports that Attkisson has “long asserted that the feds wrongfully surveilled her electronic devices from 2011-14, part of an operation tied to her reporting on the Justice Department’s botched ‘Fast and Furious’ gun-running scheme.” Then in 2012, she was targeted for her reporting on the attack on the American embassy in Benghazi, Libya.
Apparently, what we have come to know is just the tip of the iceberg.
“I believe many, many others were spied on but do not know” said Attkisson. “It was only thanks to help from intelligence contacts that I even learned that government agents were spying me. Otherwise, I never suspected it or would have known.”
Attkisson filed a lawsuit which was dismissed last year, but in January she reopened the case telling the court she had new information provided by a “whistleblower.” According to court filings, the information implicates five specific individuals, including the Obama administration’s U.S. attorney for Maryland, Rod Rosenstein.
Rosenstein “ordered the unlawful surveillance and hacking” of Attkisson’s devices, and “subsequently served as Trump’s deputy attorney general, a capacity in which he appointed Special Counsel Robert Mueller to investigate Trump’s staffers” reports Mediaite.
Rosenstein has denied charges; his attorney wrote “nowhere do the Attkissons provide any more information to credit their accusations based on this supposed anonymous source.” Anonymous sources; another hot topic.
Attkisson blames departments for protecting its own, “regardless of which president is in power.” “Prior to becoming attorney general, Sen. Jeff Sessions told an acquaintance he was well aware of what had happened to me with the government computer intrusions, and that it was shameful” Attkisson told Mediaite. “But when he became attorney general, the Justice Department continued using taxpayer funds to fight my case. Numerous members of Congress for years, including several of them recently, have asked the FBI and Justice Department for information about the case, under two presidents, multiple attorneys general and multiple FBI directors, but they continue to get stiff-armed.” Sessions resigned in 2018.