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    Barrett Brown

    US Journalist Barrett Brown Released From Federal Prison

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    US journalist Barrett Brown imprisoned for five years for the alleged hack of the Stratfor server has been released, Edward Snowden wrote on his Twitter.

    ​Meanwhile, Wikileaks released over 60,000 emails from US private intelligence firm HBGary to celebrate Brown's release.

    ​Barrett Brown was sentenced to over five years in prison and nearly $900,000 in fines and restitution for his role in the hacking group Anonymous.

    He pleaded guilty to threatening an FBI agent in an online video and providing a link to data which had been stolen from the private intelligence group Stratfor, which was hacked by Anonymous in 2011.

    Barrett Brown was supported personally by Wikileaks founder Julian Assange.

    "Nothing so well describes the surreal universe that has enveloped the United States as yesterday’s sentencing hearing of Barrett Brown," Assange wrote on the Wikileaks website responding to the Brown's sentence. "Barrett has been jailed without trial for over two years now. He faces eight and a half more years. His next sentencing hearing is due in January 2016. The situation also involves me personally and the work of WikiLeaks,” Assange wrote on the Wikileaks website.

    Brown admitted to interfering with a search warrant and to hiding his laptop from the FBI during a raid at his mother’s home in 2012.

    "These charges are at odds with national and international protections for the press and freedom of expression. The third charge concerns his speech acts after the FBI threatened to charge his mother unless he handed over his source material. There are no other charges," Assange wrote.

    Assange was sure the situation with Brown is "a direct result of his journalistic work."

    "The most serious claim against Barrett Brown is that six months after the March 6, 2012, FBI raid on his mother’s address he tweeted 'illegally shoot the son of a [word expelled].' It sounds bad. It is a clear incitement to murder. The FBI claim that the 'son of a [word expelled]' Barrett was referring to was one of their agents. That is false. The 'son of a [word expelled]' is me," Assange said with a view to Fox News host Bob Beckel.

    In December 2010, Beckel called for Assange's assassination by US special forces.

    Barrett Brown was the mastermind behind the so-called Project PM, a crowdsourced investigation focused on research and analysis of leaked documents.


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      double bonus
      ["The most serious claim against Barrett Brown is that six months after the March 6, 2012, FBI raid on his mother’s address he tweeted 'illegally shoot the son of a [word expelled].' It sounds bad. It is a clear incitement to murder. The FBI claim that the 'son of a [word expelled]' Barrett was referring to was one of their agents. That is false. The 'son of a [word expelled]' is me," Assange said with a view to Fox News host Bob Beckel.]

      Wow! So Barrett Brown was imprisoned because he re-tweeted that Bob Beckel quote about Julian Assange saying: "'illegally shoot the son of a b****" which is constantly replayed on RT over and over again?

      Because the FBI believed it was an incitement to murder, referring to one of their agents? This doesn't look like incompetence of the FBI or a paranoid FBI agent! The wussy FBI agent should be ashamed of himself for not getting his facts right. If only this was merely a violation of Barrett Brown's first amendment right of free expression, which it most certainly is.

      No, this was a manufactured statement, the FBI used as a poor excuse to persecute him. They don't care that they got their facts wrong. That is secondary. Their intent was wrongful from the beginning. The FBI is not being used to protect the public, but to persecute journalists that it doesn't like, apparently.

      This is beyond incompetent and beyond wrong. It is just utterly pathetic!
      The FBI are now acting like KGB persecution hacks from the old Soviet Union.
      The politically correct FBI really sucks under Obama. This Sovietization of the
      US Federal System must be terminated as soon as possible!
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      Disgusting and don't expect things to change anytime soon. He would be best to leave that hell hole behind and move somewhere where they know what democracy actually means.
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