Thursday, March 06, 2014
DOJ drops charges related to Barrett Brown's hyperlink (and his Project PM).
In a case concerning hyperlink sharing, noted before (Sept. 9, 2013), the Justice Department has dropped all eleven charges against journalist Barrett Brown related to a chat room link to a file from an intelligence firm, Stratfor (details here ). A story at The Dissenter by Kevin Gosztola gives the details here.
The government has an unusual gag order preventing the defense from discussing the details of the case with the media. Lawyers do say that the case now does not reflect on the nature of the work he did as a journalist for Project PM.
Barrett Brown explains his Project PM here.
Project PM operates its own Wiki here where it defines itself as a “crowdsourced investigation focused on research and analysis.
On the following chat log, note the FBI raid (in Dallas) is recorded starting at 1:30 into the video. (Chat log video is gone; another one is substituted.)
Furthermore Barrett Brown gives his own account in Sept. 2012. I don’t know where he is, in jail or back at home in Dallas, link here.
Electronic Frontier Foundation has a piece by Jennifer Lynch and Hanni Fakhoury here.
Brown still faces charges for making threats (apparently on YouTube, hardly credible) and obstruction of justice.