Posted on | December 19, 2010 | 17 Comments
Somebody brought this up in the comments on another thread. Barrett Brown — who when last heard from here, had his lawyer threatening me with a libel action — has now in the space of a few days gotten himself banned from both Little Green Footballs and the League of Ordinary Gentlemen.
As to the LGF banning, Brown — who seems to be a Julian Assange fanboy — found himself accused by Lizardoid Enforcer-in-Chief Killgore Trout of being a Russian or Chinese agent. Meanwhile, at the League of Ordinary Gentlemen, Brown said that a commenter “was harassing [him] from a government computer” — information that (according to Brown) Charles Johnson asked to see via e-mail:
“Hey Barrett — if you have a sec, could you email me the IP address of that creep commenting on your ‘Jew hater’ post? I have a pretty good idea who it is, and I’d like to confirm it if possible.”
Brown’s attempt to discover the commenter’s identity apparently led to a meltdown at the League and his subsequent banning. To which Charles evidently responded in the LGF comments:
“Barrett Brown was thrown off the League of Ordinary Gentlemen because he used information from a commenter’s profile to out someone who simply criticized his pretentious anarchist bullshit — so now he’s lashing out like a 4-year old throwing a tantrum because he faced some actual criticism at LGF.”
All this would seem to put the kibosh on Brown’s “Project PM” idea, as Johnson was supposed to be one of his collaborators on that project. At any rate, Barrett has now made a YouTube video explaining that, among other things, he’s not a Chinese agent because he lives in an efficiency apartment in Dallas.
If you are at all interested in this kind of stuff — and I’m sure you’re bored out of your skull — I’d begin by pointing out that, if you compare Charles Johnson and Barrett Brown, the latter at least seems to have some sense of humor (skip forward in the video to about 5:30): “Obviously, it was a mutually beneficial working relationship. We had certain shared goals, you know, we said nice things about each other. We had sex on the beach. We wore condoms, though. I’m just kidding — it was barebacking.”
Brown then goes on to say, “Charles Johnson is not being very factual. He’s deleting comments. He’s deleting his own comments. It’s really a little much.”
So congratulations to Barrett Brown, who finally figured out that Charles Johnson is batshit crazy. Like that was some big secret or something.