Posted on | November 18, 2012 | 16 Comments
Barrett Brown calmly explains why he’s going to ‘destroy’ an FBI agent
In March, Brown had been raided, but not arrested, by the FBI at the time that the feds busted the “LulzSec” hackers, a splinter of Anonymous.
About a week before Brown’s meltdown, on Sept. 3, he had accosted me on Twitter, threatening to sue me for having reported the widespread suspicion that he was cooperating with the federal investigation of Anonymous. I laughed off Brown’s absurd threat, telling him he needed a psychiatrist more than he needed a lawyer. His subsequent video freakout and arrest tended to confirm my judgment. On Oct. 3, Brown was indicted on three federal felony charges:
A federal grand jury in Dallas returned a three-count indictment . . . charging Barrett Lancaster Brown in Count One with making an Internet threat; in Count Two with conspiring to make restricted personal information of an employee of the United States publically available, and in Count Three with retaliation against a federal law enforcement officer. Brown, 31, a resident of Dallas, was taken into federal custody last month for the conduct described in the indictment.
Click here to see a PDF of the federal indictment against Brown. While it is customary to make the disclaimer that Brown is presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law, I think anyone reading the indictment will conclude that the feds have got an open-and-shut case.
What I found intriguing, however, was Page Eight of the indictment, which describes Count Two against Brown for conspiring to publish “restricted information” about the FBI Special Agent and the agent’s family, “with the intent to threaaten and intimidate the Special Agent and to incite the commoission of a crime of violence against the Special Agent.” The indictment alleges that in September 2012, Brown “requested another person known to the grand jury to assist him find on the Internet restricted information” about the agent and the agent’s family “and that the other person agreed to do so, and furthermore, the other person did conduct a search on the Internet for the restricted information.”
Hmmm. Who is “another person known to the grand jury”? If Barrett Brown is facing federal prison time for conspiring to do this, why haven’t charges been filed against “another person known to the grand jury,” with whom Brown (allegedly) conspired?
This intrigues me because I know that Barrett Brown was in communication with Neal Rauhauser prior to Brown’s arrest. And we know that Rauhauser is rather notorious for his online research. If Barrett Brown wanted to “dox” an FBI agent, wouldn’t Neal Rauhauser be the sort of person whose assistance he might solicit?
Well, this is mere speculation, but whether or not Rauhauser was “another person known to the grand jury,” the question remains: Why hasn’t Barrett Brown’s unnamed co-conspirator been charged?