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Here Comes The Story Of Barrett Brown

A song for jailed American journalist Barrett Brown, to the tune of "Hurricane" by Bob Dylan. Please help Barrett's legal defense if you are able. In doing so you will be positively affecting the outcome of an important case. #RightToLink


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See also: Leamington Books' YouTube page.

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Democracy Now! report on Barrett Brown from July.

"Journalist Barrett Brown spent his 300th day behind bars this week on a range of charges filed after he used information obtained by the hacker group Anonymous to report on the operations of private intelligence firms.

"Brown faces 17 charges ranging from threatening an FBI agent to credit card fraud for posting a link online to a document that contained stolen credit card data.

"But according to his supporters, Brown is being unfairly targeted for daring to investigate the highly secretive world of private intelligence and military contractors.

"Using information Anonymous took from the firm HBGary Federal, Brown helped discover a secret plan to tarnish the reputations of WikiLeaks and journalist Glenn Greenwald of the Guardian.

"Brown similarly analyzed and wrote about the millions of internal company e-mails from Stratfor Global Intelligence that were leaked in 2011.

"We speak to Peter Ludlow, professor of philosophy at Northwestern University, whose article 'The Strange Case of Barrett Brown' recently appeared in The Nation.

"'Considering that the person who carried out the actual Stratfor hack had several priors and is facing a maximum of 10 years, the inescapable conclusion is that the problem is not with the hack itself but with Brown's journalism,' Ludlow argues. He adds that the case against Brown could suggest criminality 'to even link to something or share a link with somebody.'"

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Number of times Barrett Brown's name has appeared in the Sun-Times: 0.

Number of times Barrett Brown's name has appeared in the Tribune: 1.

(And it wasn't about his case.)

Number of times Barrett Brown's name has appeared in the Reader: 0.

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Comments welcome.



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Posted on December 19, 2013


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