Posted on | April 30, 2014 | 15 Comments
September 2012: Barrett Brown vows to ‘destroy’ an FBI agent
A writer and activist linked to the hacking collective Anonymous pleaded guilty to federal charges on Tuesday alleging that he shared stolen data and posted an online threat saying he would try to harm a federal agent who was investigating him.
Barrett Lancaster Brown, 32, pleaded guilty in Dallas federal court to obstructing the execution of a search warrant, making Internet threats and being an accessory to an unauthorized access of a protected computer.
While Brown’s attorneys got prosecutors to drop nearly a dozen other counts, he still faces up to 8½ years in prison. He will be sentenced in August.
Brown was a writer and one-time spokesman of sorts for Anonymous, a worldwide hacking collective that has staged attacks on governments, businesses and organizations. Brown acted as a self-appointed spokesman for the group and has been quoted by several news outlets, including The Associated Press, even if some within the movement dismissed him as a fabulist who craved attention.
Yes, “a fabulist who craved attention,” not to mention that he was an egomaniacal heroin-addicted paranoid nutjob who, just days before his final meltdown, threatened to sue me for defamation.
He was all that and more: “The Kook Who Knew Too Much.”