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Barrett Brown Pleads Guilty

Posted on | April 30, 2014 | 15 Comments

September 2012: Barrett Brown vows to ‘destroy’ an FBI agent

News from Dallas today:

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.”



15 Responses to “Barrett Brown Pleads Guilty”

  1. jkpalmdale
    April 30th, 2014 @ 7:19 pm

    Good. Hope he gets the full punishment

  2. rather be anon
    April 30th, 2014 @ 7:22 pm

    There are other pretend-journalist fame-lovers who pass notes back and forth with Neal Rauhauser.

    Karoli Kuns, for instance.

  3. bet0001970
    April 30th, 2014 @ 7:25 pm

    Speaking of KOOKS, Bill has recently commented on Hoge’s blog. You should check it out. It’s quite eloquent.

  4. Randy_Rager
    April 30th, 2014 @ 8:12 pm

    Pleads guilty to charges of being a terminal dumbass, I’m sure someone meant to say.

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  6. Evi L. Bloggerlady
    April 30th, 2014 @ 8:50 pm

    Hey, just before May Day!

  7. cmdr358
    April 30th, 2014 @ 9:51 pm

    In the relatively short time since I began reading this blog every day I have not paid much attention to the Barrett Brown entries.

    Why, you ask?

    Every time I see that photo my immediate thought is that I’d like to slap him silly. I figured that about covered all I need to know about Barrett Brown.

  8. Evi L. Bloggerlady
    May 1st, 2014 @ 12:39 am

    I used to think that all the time when Howard Dean was on TV a lot. I am surprised I did not gore the TV.

  9. Adjoran
    May 1st, 2014 @ 6:48 am

    “Brown was a writer and one-time spokesman of sorts for Anonymous”

    Well, sorta, maybe. I think even he never actually claimed he could speak FOR Anonymous. He spoke “on their behalf” or something, he was more like a groupie.

    And to be described as a “writer” should probably require bona fides of more significance than any Brown could supply.

  10. Escher's House
    May 1st, 2014 @ 7:14 am

    I feel deeply sorry for this poor, screwed up young man. Prison will be sheer, unshirted hell.

  11. texlovera
    May 1st, 2014 @ 8:50 am

    Enjoy your prison time with NO INTERNET, douchebag…

  12. Evi L. Bloggerlady
    May 1st, 2014 @ 8:55 am

    What! No internet! WTF!

  13. cmdr358
    May 2nd, 2014 @ 7:14 pm

    But I actually enjoy watching Howard Dean because he’s intelligent and passionate as hell about his beliefs. His points, no matter how much I disagree with them are at least worthy of discussion.

    Barrett Brown, Kimberlin, Bill Schmalfeldt and their ilk are just kooks and while they too can be extremely fun to watch and mock, knowing that there’s no real intelligence and reasoning to there actions just…..well, makes me want to slap ’em silly.

  14. Evi L. Bloggerlady
    May 5th, 2014 @ 10:38 pm

    I did find HD smug to the point I could barely withhold a Pamplona head butt.

  15. cmdr358
    May 6th, 2014 @ 9:59 pm

    While I believe him to be intelligent and passionate I also find him condescending and have no doubt that there is a purely evil side to him when crossed.

    Keep in mind, I said that I enjoyed watching him. I neither admire nor even like the man… he’s just entertaining.