Freelance journalist and activist Barrett Brown was sentenced to 63 months in federal prison Thursday on charges of threatening an FBI agent and obstructing a federal investigation into his reporting on the anarchist hacking collective Anonymous. Prosecutors had asked for a sentence of more than eight years, while his defense had asked for time served. Brown has been in jail for 28 months on charges originally stemming from his posting of a link to credit card information dumped on the Web by Anonymous member Jeremy Hammond. The card data belonged to thousands of customers of the private security firm Stratfor, and Hammond dumped it on an Internet bulletin board along with emails and other confidential data after hacking the company’s website. Brown posted a link to the dump in a chat room — something he said he did to facilitate “crowdsourcing” of research into the documents. Brown pleaded guilty to three charges in the case, down from the dozen initially filed against him. He admitted to transmitting a threat, obstruction and being an accessory after the fact to unauthorized computer access due to his relationship with Hammond, who was convicted of the Stratfor hack in November 2013. The case has […]
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