Journalist linked to Anonymous gets five years' prison

A journalist also known as an informal spokesman for the hacker group Anonymous was sentenced to five years in prison Thursday in a case which rallied activists for press freedom, his supporters said.

Barrett Brown, arrested in 2012, was originally charged with collaborating with hackers but later pleaded guilty to lesser charges including accessory to the unauthorized access of a protected computer.

"United States of Injustice: Barrett Brown sentenced to 63 months in federal ," said a tweet from the group "Free Barrett Brown" after the sentencing in federal court in Dallas, Texas.

Brown was also ordered to pay $890,000 in restitution.

Brown, who had written for Vanity Fair, the Huffington Post and other news outlets, became an advocate for Anonymous and was indicted after posting links to data stolen from the security firm Stratfor Global Intelligence in 2011.

Brown's defense was supported by media rights organizations including the Committee to Protect Journalists and Reporters Without Borders, which claimed he was prosecuted for his actions as a journalist.

In his statement written for the hearing, Brown said "the government exposed me to decades of prison time for copying and pasting a link to a publicly available file that other journalists were also linking to without being prosecuted."

Brown and his supporters had asked him to be sentenced to time already served, or 30 months.

In a statement after the sentencing, Brown appeared defiant as he mocked the process.

"Good news!—The US government decided today that because I did such a good job investigating the cyber-industrial complex, they're now going to send me to investigate the prison-industrial complex," he said.

"For the next 35 months, I'll be provided with free food, clothes, and housing as I seek to expose wrongdoing by Bureau of Prisons officials and staff and otherwise report on news and culture in the world's greatest prison system."


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Jan 22, 2015
Bad things happen to people who frell with Obama's police state.

Jan 23, 2015
Don't clink that link boys and girls, or Obama will take time off golfing and put you behind the fence

Jan 23, 2015
Bad things happen to people who frell with Obama's police state.

The judge who sentenced Brown was appointed by Clinton. The judgement based on laws created by Congress. Not that I want to tax you with understanding how the government you wish to dismantle works.

Jan 23, 2015
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Jan 23, 2015
this is the casino gulag system. transcending any single politicians.

unfortunately for barret brown, he doesn't yet understand that his feisty attitude is now a liability and that he will be far better off keeping his mouth shut until he's out of jail than shooting his mouth off.


Jan 23, 2015
Bad things happen to people who frell with Obama's police state.

@alfie_null The judge who sentenced Brown was appointed by Clinton. The judgement based on laws created by Congress
Actually the laws were created by corporations and bankster thinktanks and rubber-stamped by your congress. Bill Clinton was a Rhode Scholar. An excerpt about Rhode Scholars:
The Rhodes Scholarships...are funded by a trust set up by 19th Century British imperial figure Cecil Rhodes, whose intent was to indoctrinate these scholars with the theme that the American colonies should be reunited with the British Empire and that they should work through "public service" to achieve that goal.

But Rhodes wasn't just some rich madcap dreamer. His ventures were underwritten by the international Rothschild dynasty operating from the financial district in London known as "The City"
That's how USA 'works'

Jan 23, 2015
Americans have been harrassing the planet so long they think it is normal and acceptable behavior. Their deal with OPEC jacked oil to twice the 'real' oil price logged by Texas sweet crude. Once the Saudis saw that USA was all about printing currency and leveraging other nation's money for themselves, better known as stealing, they courted their future partners in Eurasia and disbanded their cartel

Swiss grew tired for buying garbage euros and supporting unproductive lazy welfare states, so they unpegged their Swiss franc from the euro sending the currency rising 30% in ten seconds. China and Hong Kong will unpeg from the cancerous warmongering USA police state sending the dollar to 20% of it's value very quickly. Currency will become secondary, while trading alliances will become primary mode of economics

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