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The Hackers, The Congressman, and Sharyl Attkisson's Book Party

•, by David Weigel

"I'm pretty sure I'm the least socially connected journalist in D.C.," said Sharyl Attkisson.

At the moment, she was being wry. Attkisson, the Emmy-winning investigative reporter who left CBS News this year, spent Thursday evening at a Georgetown mansion, celebrating the release of her reporting memoir, "Stonewalled." Her hosts, defense analyst Michael Pillsbury and arts patron Susan Pillsbury, had hosted Donald Rumsfeld in the same grand rooms and zen garden when the former defense secretary published a compilation of learned wisdoms. Attkisson's book was even more important, alleging that the federal government established "a backdoor link" to access her computers after her reporting on the Fast and Furious and Benghazi scandals. The connected had come out: Howard Kurtz, Grover Norquist, Juan Williams, Kurt Bardella, Carl Cannon, Byron York,  and the outgoing House Oversight chairman, Representative Darrell Issa.

Attkisson thanked the guests, as well as her colleagues at CBS who'd lived through her hell of reporting great stories and seeing them spiked for political reasons. The reception to her book, said Attkisson, had been positive "even from some of my colleagues that I wasn't quite sure about." It had been negative from the people who were not really interested in journalism.

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