US intelligence reporter Barrett Brown was arrested, again, on Thursday morning for criticizing the US government while appearing on radio interviews.
Brown first won acclaim for reporting on Stratfor’s intelligence operations directed against US civilians. The Justice Department told Bank of America that Stratfor would be ideally suited to conduct these operations. As the tales of corporate espionage emerged, Brown reported on the leaks, which made waves due to the operations coinciding with the Occupy Wall Street movement.
The government tried to paint Brown as the person who leaked these documents, though he’d only reported on them. He initially faced a 100-year sentence. After pleading guilty to two charges pertaining to obstruction of justice and threatening an FBI agent, Brown’s sentence was knocked down to five years and three months. In sum, Brown’s helped spark the war on leaks that persists to this day.
Brown was put in handcuffs during a routine check-in, before being taken to an unknown facility. Since being released early from jail, Brown has not missed a single meeting with prison authorities.
Following his arrest, Brown told his mom he believes authorities brought him into custody over failure to gain “permission” to provide interviews with news outlets after he was released in November. Brown’s first exclusive interview was given to Radio Sputnik’s By Any Means Necessary with the ever-affable Eugene Puryear.
"There’s so much going on with these contracting firms, there’s so much compartmentalization, that no one single person knows exactly what’s possible these days," he added.
Puryear pointed out that Amazon has become the government’s go-to supplier for server farms, while Palantir has agreed to do the same for Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE).
When Democrats and Republicans across Washington began hurling bold allegations that a Russian government operation had materially altered the results of the election, they pointed to the hacking of the Democratic National Committee’s compromised email servers.
And their evidence for the explosive claims? A report from CrowdStrike, a private sector cyber consultant. The DNC never gave the FBI permission to access its servers. And it turns out that CrowdStrike previously tied ‘Russian hacking’ to events that never happened, Sputnik reported March 23.
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