How did the FBI manage to “lose” Sharyl Attkisson’s file?

posted at 2:31 pm on November 28, 2015 by Jazz Shaw

Sharyl Attkisson, the former CBS reporter and independent journalist, has a long history of getting under the government’s skin. In her book Stonewalled, she detailed many of the battles she encountered when attempting to expose the truth in the tradition of the Fourth Estate and how unpopular stories tended to wind up being discounted or silenced. Later, her Nosy Nellie ways attracted the interest of the Department of Justice, though they have thus far failed to file any actual charges against her.

This week, Attkisson tells the story of how she finally sought to obtain her own FBI file and the mysterious answers she received. The bottom line for the FBI seems to be… Attkisson? Attkisson? Who is this Sharyl Attkisson person of which you speak?

Years later, in 2013, I learned of the intrusion of my work and home computers. The intruders utilized software proprietary to a U.S. government agency. I knew that the FBI had contacted CBS News and confirmed the computer intrusion. I knew that FBI case workers listed me as a “victim” in the computer intrusion, even though they never contacted me to investigate or help.

As part of my investigation to learn more about the identities of the computer intruders, I filed a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) and Privacy Act request to review my FBI file (as every citizen has the right to do). I knew that — at the very least — my file would include information relevant to my White House HARD PASS background checks and the computer intrusion.

But I got stonewalled.

The FBI could conceivably get away with claiming to not have any records of somebody if they were a private person who never did anything in the public eye to attract their attention. (That you know of.) But in Sharyl’s case, she had been through the full background check in the 90s to obtain approval for White House access as a reporter. Did those records simply disappear? Did the dog eat their homework?

These aren’t the sorts of records we normally see being requested by Judicial Watch or anyone else. There’s obviously a case to be made for the government if someone requests records of an ongoing investigation where the public release of such could jeopardize their case or allow the bad guys to get away. But what about older records of presumably closed cases? I suppose there’s still a possibility in some cases that they might not want the information to go public if they believe that the details could tie into other cases which followed from it, but that hardly seems to be the situation here. And a security background check? Perhaps you don’t turn over everything you find if it seems like it would be a privacy violation, but you could at least acknowledge that you conducted the check and whether it was a go or a no go.

But even if you don’t want the details revealed, can the FBI simply claim they don’t have a file when one exists? It seems as if they would instead come back with an answer of saying that the information is sensitive and can’t be released. Or perhaps just turn over a page with everything redacted except the date and the title? Something doesn’t sound right about that.

If you’d like to see more of Sharyl Attkisson’s recent work she has a new Sunday morning news series. You can find the details here.


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How did the FBI manage to “lose” Sharyl Attkisson’s file?

Silly question.

cozmo on November 28, 2015 at 2:35 PM

Check in ValJar’s office….

Athos on November 28, 2015 at 2:35 PM

Well, it’s either malice or incompetence, but with this administration it’s sort of a toss up which is the right one.

OrdinaryAverageGuy on November 28, 2015 at 2:37 PM

Hillary has it.

RickB on November 28, 2015 at 2:38 PM

Did the dog eat their homework?

The dog eater’s handler, President Valjar ate their homework.

ghostwalker1 on November 28, 2015 at 2:40 PM

How did the FBI manage to “lose” Sharyl Attkisson’s file?

…the same way…they’ll ‘have trouble’ with Hillary’s emails!

JugEarsButtHurt on November 28, 2015 at 2:40 PM

I have a great idea. Let’s put these guys in charge of looking into Hillary’s emails. That way we’ll know for sure that nobody played politics with the investigation.

pehrsson on November 28, 2015 at 2:42 PM

well you can look at it this way.. lost files equals clean record.

dougmva on November 28, 2015 at 2:44 PM

I don’t trust Obama’s goons with anything, but I’d be wary of going too far into the rabbit hole with this particular MSM reporter. Last time I believed her, and she was freaking out about a stuck backspace key.

sauldalinsky on November 28, 2015 at 2:44 PM

This is getting ridiculous. Unabashed Soviet Union tactics. Does anyone actually believe they “lost” her file? Maybe it’s being wiped like Hillary’s hard drive.
Why is this criminal organization still in power?

Mimzey on November 28, 2015 at 2:48 PM

Sounds like a case of double secret probation.

trubble on November 28, 2015 at 2:48 PM

Well, it’s either malice or incompetence, but with this administration it’s sort of a toss up which is the right one.

OrdinaryAverageGuy on November 28, 2015 at 2:37 PM

I usually go with both of those with these guys. Even their malice seems incompetently handled.

KW64 on November 28, 2015 at 2:50 PM

Remember when progressive “computer experts” were making fun of her when she posted that clip of her computer freaking out on its own in the middle of the night?

Sick dangerous people whose 1st reaction is to attack the victim of illegal searches and intimidation by the Department of Justice. All too happy to jump on the government thug bandwagon if it’s turned on their political enemy. We have a dangerous government and an increasingly dangerous populace.

forest on November 28, 2015 at 2:51 PM

Unfortunately, what has been broken here cannot be fixed…

… And the media is OK with it.

Seven Percent Solution on November 28, 2015 at 2:53 PM

Hmmmm. This makes me wonder about my own situation. For my work in the Army, I required a TS clearance, which took six months for this Texas boy who had never been more than a few miles from his home. I verified years later that gummint agents had interviewed just about everyone I’d ever known, including my elementary school principle who had applied the ‘board of learning’ on my lower brain on several occasions. I have numerous ancestors who fought for God’s side in the War of Northern Aggression and am a member of a national organization devoted to the memory of their sacrifices and the maintenance of their burial sites. Obviously, this organization is considered a ‘right wing terrorist group’. Maybe a request for my FBI ‘record’ is in order.

vnvet on November 28, 2015 at 2:54 PM

Gosh, maybe the same way Blait Hull’s sealed divorce file got leaked in the Illinois Senate race against Obama.

John the Libertarian on November 28, 2015 at 2:55 PM

The FBI has become just another Obama servant.

VorDaj on November 28, 2015 at 3:04 PM

A normal, rational person would think that with the total public mistrust of the government and particularly with the departments that have previously been held in high esteem, somebody would realise that these shenanigans just add to the distrust of the government. Each of the centers of this distrust are headed and staffed by political appointees or fellow travellers, so they really have no skin tint he game (in their estimation). They should be gone before the government breaks, or before society breaks. In any case, they think they got theirs so screw you! Soon, all you federal bureaucrats, the gods of the copybook headings with terror and slaughter WILL return. You bureaucrats are not all bad. You good ones should be taking steps to protect the public and yourselves.

Old Country Boy on November 28, 2015 at 3:08 PM

Third World president, Third World government.

petefrt on November 28, 2015 at 3:11 PM

But even if you don’t want the details revealed, can the FBI simply claim they don’t have a file when one exists? It seems as if they would instead come back with an answer of saying that the information is sensitive and can’t be released. Or perhaps just turn over a page with everything redacted except the date and the title? Something doesn’t sound right about that.


For the youngsters out there …

“… it ALL leads back to the White House.”

PolAgnostic on November 28, 2015 at 3:16 PM

Did the dog eat their homework?

Then Obama ate the dog.

myiq2xu on November 28, 2015 at 3:21 PM

Unfortunately, what has been broken here cannot be fixed…

… And the media is OK with it.

Seven Percent Solution on November 28, 2015 at 2:53 PM

….there is no ‘media’…they have long been the ‘POLITBURO PRESS!
(GO NEWT!…and give little 7% a hug for us!)

JugEarsButtHurt on November 28, 2015 at 3:23 PM

What? No trolls?

Where are the cop haters?

CWforFreedom on November 28, 2015 at 3:31 PM

Bureaucrats should have to sign off on these things by name for later prosecution.

Valiant on November 28, 2015 at 3:39 PM

#ObamaGestapo

albill on November 28, 2015 at 3:41 PM

Third World Countries ?? We far worse than that.

“…then Ob ate the dog…”

Brilliant

Lord Whorfin on November 28, 2015 at 3:43 PM

How did Lois Lerner’s emails get destroyed and then were miraculously found?

vityas on November 28, 2015 at 3:49 PM

They have top men working on it.

talkingpoints on November 28, 2015 at 3:50 PM

Stonewalled” is a MUST-read.

She is excellent.

wyntre on November 28, 2015 at 3:57 PM

How did Lois Lerner’s emails get destroyed and then were miraculously found?

vityas on November 28, 2015 at 3:49 PM

…’prosecutorial discretion’…or something!

JugEarsButtHurt on November 28, 2015 at 4:02 PM

FNC needs at least 1/2 hour/week of Sharyl Attkisson. A Sunday show.

petefrt on November 28, 2015 at 4:05 PM

The Uniparty media don’t like those who go off the reservation…they will never come to her defense.
BTW, her Sunday show is excellent.

d1carter on November 28, 2015 at 4:12 PM

The dog ate their homework, then someone…*ahem*…ate the dog.

Bishop on November 28, 2015 at 4:23 PM

A normal, rational person would think that with the total public mistrust of the government and particularly with the departments that have previously been held in high esteem, somebody would realise that these shenanigans just add to the distrust of the government.

Old Country Boy on November 28, 2015 at 3:08 PM

It’s not the distrust.
It’s the fear.
Fear leads to obedience.
Obedience makes their job of control easier. Even if you wonder what they’re doing, as long as you are afraid to ask questions then neither you, nor others who might follow suit, will disobey.

How did Lois Lerner’s emails get destroyed and then were miraculously found?

vityas on November 28, 2015 at 3:49 PM

And then the backups were destroyed, as a matter of innocent routine. No reason to question, no blame to assign, nothing to see here; move along, move along…

ReggieA on November 28, 2015 at 4:26 PM

Thied world gubmint is what we have become. Only way to fix it is to destroy it.

they lie on November 28, 2015 at 4:32 PM

ObamaStasi

faraway on November 28, 2015 at 4:35 PM

Anyone seen Sandy Burger wandering about?

Mimzey on November 28, 2015 at 4:44 PM

It’s probably sitting on President Jarrett’s desk.

GarandFan on November 28, 2015 at 5:35 PM

Come on, people, nothin’ to see here, just move along.

DaveK on November 28, 2015 at 5:54 PM

they might not want the information to go public if they believe that the details could tie into other cases which followed from it, but that hardly seems to be the situation here.

Actually, maybe it is.

J.B. Say on November 28, 2015 at 5:55 PM

During Bil’s years, FBI files were list in Hillary’s office all of the time.

Techster64 on November 28, 2015 at 6:55 PM

How did the FBI manage to “lose” Sharyl Attkisson’s file?

The Stasi never loses anything.

Why do we still defend this system? Why do we still respect those in authority no matter what they do? Is it all magically wrapped up in George Washington, Davy Crockett, Mom and apple pie?

Hm…the last sentence and a healthy dose of fear and normalcy bias I suppose. We like the Socialists have this false notion that if just the right people can get elected, then all will be well.

Hasn’t worked for Socialism, so why do we think it will work for us?

Dr. ZhivBlago on November 28, 2015 at 7:19 PM

Jefferson told us this day would come.

The Fed is out of control and accountable to no one.

The media that is supposed to be the peoples watchdog are in on it every bit as much as the assholes running the various boated agencies.

Ask yourself this: Why does every alphabet agency that exists need millions of rounds of ammo?

Dick Richard on November 28, 2015 at 7:35 PM

I’m sure this is all a coincidence.

HumpBot Salvation on November 28, 2015 at 7:41 PM

Because we have become a nation that loves a lie rather than the truth.

bluesdoc70 on November 28, 2015 at 7:43 PM

How did the FBI manage to “lose” Sharyl Attkisson’s file?

Incompetence? Or a CYA cover-up?

Pick one.

Brought to you by same folks currently vetting Syrian immigrants.

farsighted on November 28, 2015 at 9:46 PM

How did the FBI manage to “lose” Sharyl Attkisson’s file?

Hmmm. The last time a bunch of FBI files were lost, they were ultimately found in Hillary’s possession.

Logically, that would be the place to start looking.

There Goes the Neighborhood on November 28, 2015 at 11:08 PM

Lying is standard operating procedure in the US banana republic.

earlgrey on November 28, 2015 at 11:26 PM

Hasn’t worked for Socialism, so why do we think it will work for us?

Dr. ZhivBlago on November 28, 2015 at 7:19 PM

Considering this is a socialist country, the largest socialist country in the world, that is kind of a repetitive question, don’t you think?

earlgrey on November 28, 2015 at 11:29 PM

If this thread is any indication, the FBI is not getting the benefit of doubt over this. Is not the agency or congressional oversight troubled by this? (apparently not) In what format does the FBI store records? What is their record retention policy? What if any record backup systems are in place. Is there chain of custody documentation of record handling? Curious just curious.

diogenes on November 28, 2015 at 11:32 PM

Why isn’t anyone asking why the FBI had (past tense) a file on Sharyl Attkisson, to begin with?

listens2glenn on November 29, 2015 at 12:00 AM

The FBI represents the Federal government and not the people, especially not people that call its machinations into question. As the Federal government becomes more fascist it ceases to represent the people, but rather to manipulate them. Those that actively resist are enemies of the state. Someone has stolen our birthright, and it wasn’t those with Confederate flags, or NRA memberships, or Christians given to praying in the public domain.

claudius on November 29, 2015 at 4:00 AM

Jefferson told us this day would come.

Dick Richard on November 28, 2015 at 7:35 PM

alas

Younggod on November 29, 2015 at 4:32 AM

The FBI might have lost Sharyl Attikisson’s file, but I didn’t. I printed all of it and you can’t erase it.

/Yes I did!

Key West Reader on November 29, 2015 at 5:11 AM

I also have all of the Obama Gun Running files as well. Reams and reams of paper and ink..

Key West Reader on November 29, 2015 at 5:13 AM

Why isn’t anyone asking why the FBI had (past tense) a file on Sharyl Attkisson, to begin with?

listens2glenn on November 29, 2015 at 12:00 AM

Shhhhh

Key West Reader on November 29, 2015 at 5:21 AM

“all too happy to jump on the government thug bandwagon if it’s turned on their political enemy. We have a dangerous government and an increasingly dangerous populace.ll too happy to jump on the government thug bandwagon if it’s turned on their political enemy. We have a dangerous government and an increasingly dangerous populace.”

Isn’t this what many people do when they blindly take a street cops word? I suggest we question all government.

MoreLiberty on November 29, 2015 at 5:34 AM

The file is not lost, just on hold. It will be found as soon as their illegal searches are unprosecutable and favorite politicians get where they want to go. I’m waiting to see just how many criminals Hillary pardons!

mitwit on November 29, 2015 at 5:59 AM

How did the FBI manage to “lose” Sharyl Attkisson’s file?

Not lost. It’s “under repair”.

(Extra credit if you know the source of the quote.)

clear ether

eon

eon on November 29, 2015 at 7:02 AM

The F B I also runs cover for Climate Change liars like Mike Mann plus see Congressman Larmar Smith take on NASA fudging data to enable the fraud.

See Washington Times article by Smith today.

APACHEWHOKNOWS on November 29, 2015 at 8:33 AM

Of course, the FBI can’t find it when it’s over at the White House being perused by Craig Livingstone’s replacement.

J_Crater on November 29, 2015 at 9:28 AM

The file is not lost, just on hold. It will be found as soon as their illegal searches are unprosecutable and favorite politicians get where they want to go. I’m waiting to see just how many criminals Hillary pardons!

mitwit on November 29, 2015 at 5:59 AM

Oh, it is not on ‘hold’. Smart bloggers print, save and store hard files.

Key West Reader on November 29, 2015 at 9:51 AM

It is very sad to see what has become of the United States under this miserable wretch of a President.
He has done more harm to this country than any enemy could ever dream of achieving.
Is there any serious doubt that he is the worst President that the country has ever had?

justltl on November 29, 2015 at 9:52 AM

Banana republic.

jnelchef on November 29, 2015 at 10:48 AM

Obama has successfully politicized every agency of government. THe next President is going to have to clean out so we can rid ourselves of this intrusion into honest government. A good place to start would be to outlaw all government employee unions, which would remove the political hacks. Next they can start disbanding whole departments that have been politicized and then start hiring people from scratch.

There is no doubt this record exists. The fact that they’re willing to blatantly lie about it just shows the complete lack of respect they have for their mission and their duties. I blame the President for this because he’s set the pattern throughout his whole administration, starting with Fast and Furious and moving through all the other scandals. I hope Congress moves to stop these lawless agencies from destroying records of their guilt before they leave office and then put some serious people in there to look at these records and expose what this administration has done. It needs to be exposed and the Democrats, as a group, need to be held accountable because they know this is going on and yet they’re willing to allow it and also let the administration get away with it. It is their shame.

bflat879 on November 29, 2015 at 12:04 PM

During Bil’s years, FBI files were list in Hillary’s office all of the time.

Techster64 on November 28, 2015 at 6:55 PM

And let’s not forget the Rose Law Firm billing records, which up until then had been “lost”, were found within Hillster’s private residence area in the WH.

Difficultas_Est_Imperium on November 29, 2015 at 12:13 PM

Did they check the top-drawer of Hillary’s night stand?

Another Drew on November 29, 2015 at 12:58 PM

I have a great idea. Let’s put these guys in charge of looking into Hillary’s emails. That way we’ll know for sure that nobody played politics with the investigation.

pehrsson on November 28, 2015 at 2:42 PM

and

Sounds like a case of double secret probation.

trubble on November 28, 2015 at 2:48 PM

Excellent! Boff ’em.

Trochilus on November 29, 2015 at 4:26 PM

And let’s not forget the Rose Law Firm billing records, which up until then had been “lost”, were found within Hillster’s private residence area in the WH.

Difficultas_Est_Imperium on November 29, 2015 at 12:13 PM

Found the day after the subpoena expired, no less.

BobMbx on November 29, 2015 at 4:27 PM

xxx

Carthoris on November 29, 2015 at 10:05 PM

I would assume your file is in the same place as Hillary’s and Lerner’s emails, the real information about Fast and Furious and the real FBI file on Vince Foster’s suicide (murder).

pwb on November 30, 2015 at 9:02 AM