Journalist and Anonymous Member Sentenced to 63 Months Added: Friday, February 13th, 2015
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Barrett Brown, a journalist and one-time member of Anonymous, was recently sentenced to 63 months in prison. His supporters from across the web had hoped the 33-year-old would be able to walk free with his 31 months of time served for “merely linking to hacked content”. However, the court decided it in the other way: Brown, who used to act as a spokesman for Anonymous hacking ring, has got more than twice that sentence. Moreover, he was also ordered to pay over $890,000 in restitution and fines.
Barrett Brown was sarcastic about the sentence, saying that the government must have decided that since he did such a great job investigating the cyber-industrial complex, they’re now sending him to investigate the prison-industrial complex.
On the other hand, Brown was facing a possible combined sentence of more than a century. However, when prosecutors dropped some charges against him following a plea deal, his sentencing parameters were reduced.
The industry observers pointed out that long sentence would set a precedent for journalists, because it means that if anyone shares a link to publicly available content without knowing what’s in it, they could be prosecuted.
Barrett Brown is known as an investigative journalist, essayist and satirist. He was working for the Onion, Vanity Fair, the Huffington Post, and the Guardian. The journalist has split with Anonymous in 2011. In addition, it is known that Barrett founded Project PM – this is a crowdsourced investigative thinktank disclosing the abuses by companies in surveillance.
He was arrested in September 2012 for allegedly threatening a federal agent in a YouTube video. After being held for 2 weeks without charge, Brown was indicted on charges of making an online threat and conspiring to release personal data about a government employee. After two more months, Barrett was indicted on a dozen of further charges connected with the hacking of private intelligence contractor Stratfor in 2011. In the meantime, the hacker who actually hacked Stratfor was already caught and sentenced to 10 years term in prison, while Brown was punished for merely linking to hacked content.
Brown remains a great speaker. In his statement to the judge before his sentencing, he said he regrets about posting the “idiotic” threatening videos, while pointing out that those were made in a manic state brought on by drug withdrawal. At the same time, Barrett also criticized the government for its methods in pursuing the case. He was particularly concerned that contributors to Project PM also might be indicted under the same charges.
After the judge announced the ruling, Barrett struck a different tone, claiming that for the next 32 months, he has a great job – he will get free food, clothes and housing while seeking to expose wrondgoing by Bureau of Prisons officials and otherwise report on “news and culture in the world’s greatest prison system”.
The interesting fact is that Ladar Levison, the operator of the Lavabit email service used by Edward Snowden, attended the court for the verdict. As you may remember, Levison preferred to close down his service rather than let the FBI in.
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Friday, February 13th, 2015
|unfortunately, when he is processed into the system they will make him sign a contract of silence like they do every single inmate and they will charge him again if he does,,,, I know this from experience, Why do you think there is rarely any stories that come out? I'm sure some basement dweller wil flame on me but I know first hand and to me its not up for debate, I had to personally sign one|
|Not in any UK jail can they make an inmate sign any declaration of non disclosure as to the prison conditions so you must live in some sort of fascist state Tony,prisons in the UK are watchdogged by several groups and inmates can always sound off their grievances to same as to conditions or to 3rd parties upon release.I believe only military justice in a military prison when actively serving would apply legally to any waiver of your basic freedom of speech rights and that would be covered by the official secrets act .|
|hehe I don`t have a basement since I live in a shack,lol.|
|That sucks, I wonder what does the future bring for the rest of us?|
|I served 20 years in the USA system (Tennessee), and never had to sign any non-disclosure stuff. But I do recall that we could for years have radios/tape-players/CD-players...as long as there wasn't a MIC. I always knew why: so inmates couldn't record staff.|
|posted by (2015-02-13 17:30:15)|
|@TonyMengela ... HAD to sign?? What ... were they holding a gun to your head or something? What would they have done if you'd refused to sign? Even PRISONERS in the USA fall under the MAIN auspices of the US Constitution (certain parts are revoked for ex-cons, like voting and firearms)|
@Embolism ... there is no 'Official Secrets Act' in the USA. That little gem (or some form thereof) is only used by the UK and some commonwealth members (Australia, Canada & NZ all have a form of the OSA in effect. Not sure about other commonwealth member states.)
As for prisons ... Australia too has several prison watchdog organisations, and the only thing prisoners are REQUIRED to sign is for the return of belongings when they're released. (or IF .... We have one prisoner here that has 35 CONSECUTIVE life sentences PLUS 1035 years ... all served in solitary confinement. The next time HE'LL see the outside of the prison is for his funeral.)
|@Crash you ever been locked up? seriously what they do to people who dont comply is far worse than losing your life. What was once 20 years ago is not today, they are starting to take even the radios|
|posted by (2015-02-14 05:46:48)|
|..government went after him with a vengeance..Typical nowadays, unfortunately. "By the people, for the people..": how far are these words??|
|so he gets sentenced harshly because he's a dickhead. That's not cool.||
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