Barrett Brown Agrees to Stop Talking to the Media

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When federal agents raided local hacktivist Barrett Brown's apartment last fall, throwing him in prison for what could wind up being the rest of his life, they succeeded in shutting him up for about a day. Soon, however, he was scribbling letters from prison claiming the FBI had broken his ribs, penning articles for Vice, and giving interviews to Rolling Stone.

The government was not happy about this, accusing Brown of attempting to "try the case in the media" and demanding that he be forced to stop.

As recently as this morning, in the hours before a judge was scheduled to decide whether to put a gag order on all parties, Brown's attorneys argued vociferously against the measure, leading one to expect fireworks at today's hearing.

See also: Anonymous' Barrett Brown Writes Letter from Prison, Claims the FBI Broke His Ribs

Instead, Brown's attorneys and prosecutors agreed to stop talking to the media, "including, but not limited to, bloggers" about the case since it "could interfere with a fair trial." Brown will still be allowed to hold forth on other, unrelated topics.

His trial is currently scheduled for next spring. The gag order follows:

See also: Is Barrett Brown the Threatening One, or Is It the Guys Who Locked Him Up?

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staciegranttekorako
staciegranttekorako

Well as far as I am concerned the majority of you here have no idea what you are talking about. Period.  Your ideas of disinformation are just plain ludicrous. The simple fact is this. The government is using Barrett Brown as a sacrificial lamb to set a precedent in the legal system that would basically allow them to arrest and lock up just about anyone who criticizes the government or uncovers corruption within its ranks. As far as FBB being run by a fan, Kevin M Gallagher, the director, is a respected journalist in his own right. He has published in the Huffington Post, The Gaurdian to name a few. He is one of the finest people I know and I should know because I work with him. Yes Barrett has had some issues, no one denies that. At least he had the courage to bring forth truth instead of acting like a sheep and doing nothing. Perhaps you all had better stop criticizing and start helping out bc if Barrett is convicted, that precedent will be in place. Perhaps one day you might do or say something the government dislikes and they will come for you and it will be too late.

dcamone
dcamone

Barrett Brown is a well-published and brilliant journalist whose articles have been featured by the Guardian, Vanity Fair, and the Huffington Post. The charges against him have everything to do with his work as a journalist. He copied and pasted a link to information, he did not hack the information himself and the FBI isn't charging him with doing that. He's facing 45 years in prison for that, while the individual who actually hacked the data is only facing 10. This case is the best example of prosecutorial overreach since the case of Aaron Swartz.

As David Carr pointed out in his New York Times piece titled, A Journalist-Agitator Facing Prison Over a Link, "Journalists from other news organizations link to stolen information frequently. Just last week, The New York Times, The Guardian and ProPublica collaborated on a significant article about the National Security Agency’s effort to defeat encryption technologies. The article was based on, and linked to, documents that were stolen by Edward J. Snowden."


The pursuit of Barrett Brown was based entirely on his work as a journalist, not his so-called affiliation with Anonymous. It was this work that led the FBI to raid his house and threaten his mother with 12-months in prison for having a laptop in her home. 

The charges against him are a joke and another attempt by the Justice Department to silence journalists who dare to report on corruption within the government and the private security contractors they employ. 

jamessavik
jamessavik

I hate these anonymous punks. They are such bad asses until they get caught and then it's everybody else's fault when they get busted. I'll bet good money he turns rat and makes a deal.

BadGood
BadGood

He is purposely digging, in order to make him self out to be a martyr because the U.S. government, as well as it's citizens. do not seem to understand how cyber crimes really work. He isn't being charged on any substantial hacks against any relevant U.S. targets. Just because says he is a hacker, or has a list of passwords to email accounts, doesn't make them a hacker. This guy is simply guilty of purposely attracting attention from the FBI in order to dupe the public into thinking he actually did something wrong, other than talk shit online. He's not the first person to try and make a name for himself, in order to come out of trumped up charges and appear credible. This guy is what's wrong with America... or rather, the other thing that is wrong with America - this country considers personal opinion blogs and news articles, actual news. Just because Gawker, HuffingtonPost and Wall Street Journal say something is how it is, does not make them any more credible than FOX news - just as Fox News saying something is how it is, does nothing to make Fox News credible, other than reporting Fox News. Barrett Brown is nothing more than a red herring - a humanizer. They should all be ashamed of themselves, making their minor opinion appear to be the facts. Again, this is what's wrong with the world, 1% of the bottom 99%, if you will. They are just as bad as the 99% of the 1%. Damned if you do, damned if you don't.

MikeWestEast
MikeWestEast

If anyone needed a gag order for his own protection, it is this guy.  He must have been away when his teacher explained what to do if you find yourself in a hole:  Stop digging.  Thankfully his attorneys can now delay this case and let the campfire go out gradually, something that won't happen when your client is pitching lighter fluid and any other thing combustible into the fire.  Then he can fade away and just be his mother's problem.

ScottsMerkin
ScottsMerkin topcommenter

TimmyTyper Rogers will be disappointed to learn he will no longer receive letters he can post on frontburner

wcvemail
wcvemail

The slow wheels are grinding. He will be beaten down. The final turn of the screw will be a demand for either his Guilty plea or a slow, expensive trial for his mom in which the prosecutors will seek 20 years for her.

MikeWestEast
MikeWestEast

@BadGood He made a direct threat against a Federal agent.  You simply cannot do that action, either on Internet or in a birch bark gazette during the Whiskey Rebellion when President Washington got the law enacted.  Zero tolerance at DOJ regardless of politics.  It is a line that you do not cross under any circumstance in any forum and he leaped over it, probably because he is too dumb to understand its significance.  This story is not about hacking.  He needs to shut up and hopefully he'll be forgotten.

Lance
Lance

@ScottsMerkin That hasn't stopped him from celebrating his National Magazine Award subject today.

I don't blame Rogers for using Brown to remind the public why we know of Brown (hint: because Timmy wrote a story - it won an award!), but any of us who have ever been hacked or had our identities stolen or had to have accounts reissued because of hackers don't have any sympathy for the little criminal punk, no matter what sort of New Yorker magazine treatment Timmy decided to costume him in to get that award.

As far as I'm concerned, let him become a rotating holster for Mexican Mafia dicks. His mother should have done a better job when she had a chance.

Hutch
Hutch

@ScottsMerkin I feel bad that allegedly Tim Rogers was demoted as Editor of D Magazine.

roo_ster
roo_ster

@MikeWestEast @BadGood What makes G-men so special?   Lots of regular citizens are threatened every day and they are not made into federal cases.  And G-men threaten folks every day with impunity.


RTGolden1
RTGolden1 topcommenter

@Lance @ScottsMerkin Second reference to him being his mother's problem. From what I remember from the original UP articles on this little drama, Mama has very tangible problems of her own, implicating her indirectly with little Barrett's activities.

Lance
Lance

@Hutch He's not lying down quietly. He's commenting on every possible topic over at FB while the new editor's no where to be seen.

ScottsMerkin
ScottsMerkin topcommenter

@Hutch poor chap, stuck writing articles and answering to an editor again.  I wonder if they got the memo over there about using our fair city and metroplex

roo_ster
roo_ster

@MikeWestEast @roo_ster @BadGood I do not equate gov't bureaucrats with the nation.  

Also, I am a firm believer in the same rule of law for all.  If federales can lie and intimidate without reaping the same repercussions as Joe Citizen would in similar circumstances, they (the federales) are illegitimate.  No titles of nobility with separate laws for separate classes & all that.

MikeWestEast
MikeWestEast

@roo_ster @MikeWestEast @BadGood It is important that Fed agents not be threatened in the course of their work.  Attempts to intimidate them are attempts to intimidate the nation.  You can disagree, file writs up the wazoo but even Mafioso know you never threaten.  Acquainting low lifes with the full breadth of options the US Government can employ is not a threat.  It is a civics lesson.

MikeWestEast
MikeWestEast

@RTGolden1 @Lance @ScottsMerkin She has problems because the little twerp involved her in his stupid scheme to destroy evidence.  I kept seeing references on how he has a future as a corporate security consultant.  What a joke!  He does not have a clue on the technical side, he does not have a clue on the laws he breaks and he sure does not know the 11th Commandment:  Do not involve your Mom in anything dubious.  Dude!  She's your Mom!

bmarvel
bmarvel topcommenter

@PetrovenGurl Too much inside baseball for me. All I know is Tim is much luckier to be writing.

PetrovenGurl
PetrovenGurl

@bmarvel @ScottsMerkin Tim's "decision" was not his own although they have done a nice job of selling Wick's move. Tim's decision to hire a FT Frontburner editor, which led to a significant drop in traffic, was his final undoing.

bmarvel
bmarvel topcommenter

@ScottsMerkinIf given a choice between writing and being the boss of writers, only a blockhead would choose the latter.

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