Justice Dept. Disputes Reporter’s Hacking Claims

A Justice Department inspector general report is disputing allegations by former CBS News correspondent Sharyl Attkisson that the federal government secretly monitored her personal computer.

Attkisson, who has said her personal computer and work laptops were remotely accessed due to her reporting on topics including the Fast and Furious scandal and the terror attacks in Benghazi, repeated those allegations Thursday in testifying before the Senate Judiciary Committee on the nomination of Loretta Lynch to be attorney general.

She has alleged that the intrusions, which she said were supported by forensic exams, included keystroke monitoring, password capture and the exfiltration of data, and said she believes the government was likely responsible. In an interview Thursday evening, she stood by her allegations, saying a technician's analysis provided "crystal clear" proof of remote access.

"Rest assured, we have our own forensics," she said.

But a report from the inspector general's office obtained Thursday by The Associated Press said investigators found no evidence of remote or unauthorized access on her personal Apple iMac. Attkisson has also alleged that her CBS laptops were compromised, though CBS declined to make the computers available for examination.

The report said investigators did find signs showing that the iMac's system logs had been searched on the same date that Attkisson said the technician had conducted a forensic examination. That activity could have deleted and overwritten log data and "obscured potential evidence of unauthorized access," according to a four-page synopsis of the report that was dated last week.

But, the report added, "the OIG's investigation was not able to substantiate the allegations that Attkisson's computers were subject to remote intrusion by the FBI, other government personnel, or otherwise."

According to the report, Attkisson provided the inspector general's office with recorded videos showing the screen of her CBS-issued laptop.

One video showed what was determined to be a standard...

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