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Saturday, February 22, 2014

Why Barrett Brown never threatened violence against anyone

Debunking supposed ‘threats’ > Why Barrett Brown never threatened violence against anyone

By @FreeBarrett_

Barrett Brown’s detractors frequently claim that he threatened violence against an FBI agent and/or his family, and some cite this as a main reason why they cannot support him. They repeat this mantra uncritically, despite the fact that it’s directly contradicted by the evidence. They point to a YouTube video he posted which led to his arrest. While perhaps ill-advised, his actual words in that video are much more nuanced and don’t support the claim. As with any charges in which free speech is implicated, there is always a very high bar to prove a threat of physical harm, and this case does not meet the test.

We will explain why…

Read the full story at Free Barrett Brown.

Wednesday, February 5, 2014

War on Anonymous: British Spies Attacked Hackers, Snowden Docs Show

The Snowden files: British intelligence agency describes attack on Anonymous.

GCHQ, the British signals intelligence agency, prepared the following slides for a top-secret conference in 2012, revealing that it had mounted an online attack on the hacktivist collective known as Anonymous in September 2011.

The slides were leaked by former NSA contractor Edward Snowden and obtained exclusively by NBC News.

NBC News is publishing the documents with minimal redactions to protect individuals. All annoyayions appear in the original documents prepared by GCHQ.