Barrett Brown Was Hit With a Third Indictment Yesterday, This Time For Concealing Evidence

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For the third time in four months, former self-proclaimed Anonymous spokesman Barrett Brown has been indicted on federal charges, this time for concealing evidence.

Brown has already been charged with a laundry list of crimes. He was arrested in September, after a raid on his Dallas apartment, then charged in October in connection with his allegedly threatening an FBI agent on YouTube. In December, the feds added a second indictment, accusing him of taking part in disseminating information from a Christmas Day hack on the security firm Stratfor.

Yesterday, the feds added two counts of obstruction, for allegedly concealing evidence.

The indictment alleges that on March 6, 2012, Brown "did knowingly and corruptly conceal and attempt to conceal records, documents, and digital data contained on two laptop computers," aided and abetted by someone the court documents identify only as "KM." The feds say Brown was trying to "impair the integrity and availability" of the information found on those computers, which was meant to be used in grand jury and federal court proceedings. The charges carry a possible prison sentence of up to 20 years.

The new indictment clearly stems from the first raid on Brown's apartment, which happened March 6. According to Brown's own account of that raid, which you can read in full in this Pastebin document, Brown writes that he had heard the feds might be coming by the apartment. So he went instead to his mother's place; in the meantime, the feds raided his apartment; three FBI agents then came and knocked on his mom's door.

"They told me that they'd executed a search warrant at my apartment and that the door had been broken in the process," he writes, "and then asked me if I had any laptops with me here at my mom's place that I wanted to give them. I responded in the negative, and they left."

According to Brown, the feds left a document with him, stating that they were looking for evidence pertaining to "conspiracy to obstruct justice, and the obstruction of justice, i.e. tampering with a victim, witness, or informant" and "conspiracy to access without authorization protected computers, and fraud and related activity in connection with computers (aiding and abetting)."

Specifically, the document went on to say, they were looking for records relating to HBGary, another security firm whose CEO was legendarily hacked by Anonymous last year, as well as information in relation to Anonymous itself; a subgroup called Lulzsec; an organization called Infragard; another called Endgame Systems; Twitter records; IRC chat records; records relating to a site called wiki.echelon2.org; and pastebin.com itself.

Brown is due in court again next Wednesday, in the case related to his alleged FBI agent-threatening. At that time, U.S. District Judge Sam Linday will rule on a prison psychologist's recommendation that Brown be founded mentally competent to stand trial.

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BurtonCooper
BurtonCooper

This guy probably has 'dirty laundry' on half the white, right wing political assholes in Texas (is there any other kind?), which would amount to about 20,000 backwoods good-ole-boys who want to see him charged and jailed as soon as possible.

fromtexasbygod
fromtexasbygod

Looks like it keepcensoringDO, that boy sure do got a purty mouth.

fromtexasbygod
fromtexasbygod

jt55106, you obviously are ignorant of the difference between State and Federal prosecutions.   Craig Watkins is the DISTRICT ATTORNEY for Dallas County and has jurisdiction to prosecute violations of State law in Dallas County ONLY.  Sarah Saldana is the UNITED STATES ATTORNEY for the Northern District of Texas and has jurisdiction to prosecute violations of Federal Law in the Northern District which is comprised of 100 Texas counties.  Barrett Brown will be tried in a U.S. District Court in Dallas before a U.S. District Judge.  Thankfully, Craig Watkins has nothing to do with the prosecution of the Barrett Brown, he will be prosecuted by an Assistant U.S. Attorney and when convicted his dumbass will be sent to a Federal Penitentiary where he will have to serve the entire sentence day for day since there is no parole in the Federal system. 

MikeWestEast
MikeWestEast

When this guy gets out of prison, he might be part of a road show to hackers on what not to do. I do not think he is smart enough to run it, but he can handle being Exhibit A. Of course they left you a list, twit. Any other thinking person would have asked a lawyer who would have instructed him to stay clear of those files. Not our hero. He used it as a checklist on what to delete, probably giggling on how stupid the Feds were. Dude, every file you delete is a separate charge with a separate jail term. By the time you leave prison, a robot will be cooking your meals and changing your adult diapers.

jt55106
jt55106

Has the Dallas Criminal District Attorney "Craig Watkins" ever been looked at by prison psychologist's to see if they give their recommendation that he can be found mentally competent to even run a trial? Tell him his job is to help keep the public safe. All I see him doing in this case is quite the opposite. Whats next Mr. Brown walking his dog without a leash or a dog license? 


jt55106
jt55106

@fromtexasbygod you seem happy about it, but good job to send me on the right path to the dumb Biotch Well then, Has the UNITED STATES ATTORNEY for the Northern District of Texas "Sarah Saldana " ever been looked at by prison psychologist's to see if they give their recommendation that she can be found mentally competent to even run a trial? Tell her, her job is to help keep the public safe. All I see hher doing in this case is quite the opposite. Whats next Mr. Brown walking his dog without a leash or a dog license? 

keepcensoringDO
keepcensoringDO

@jt55106 Craig Watkins keeps the public(Obama voters) by making sure absolutely none of them will ever see a day in prison. 

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