Government Dismisses Key Charges Against Barrett Brown: Great News For Journalists Since It Preserves The Right To Hyperlink
Today the US Government moved to dismiss 11 of the 17 charges levied against Barrett Brown. Reducing Barrett’s potential sentence from 105 years to something significantly less. Kevin M. Gallagher and the whole team over at Free Barrett Brown has run a stellar solidarity effort and the public pressure may be impacting the US Attorney’s office. Everyone please keep the pressure up until Barrett is home with his loved ones! You can read the .pdf of the government’s motion here courtesy of Andrew Blake.
Russia Today anchor Liz Wahl resigns live on air. Says she can’t be part of network that whitewashes actions of Putin.
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Last night we checked the PACER system to see if there was an update to the motion to dismiss Barrett Brown’s first indictment currently before the Court.
We found that his defense had entered a reply to the government’s opposition to this motion, but the government’s opposition itself,…
DISASTER! 744,408 BTC stolen from MtGox—exchange closes.
> Theft reportedly went on “unnoticed for several years.”
> [embed] MtGox insolvency document published leaked!
By Robert McMillian
Mt. Gox, once the world’s largest bitcoin exchange, has gone offline, apparently after losing hundreds of millions of dollars due to a years-long hacking effort that went unnoticed by the company.
The hacking attack is detailed in a leaked “crisis strategy draft” plan, apparently created by Gox and published Monday by Ryan Selkis, a bitcoin entrepreneur and blogger (see below). According to the document, the exchange is insolvent after losing 744,408 bitcoins — worth about $350 million at Monday’s trading prices. The plan paints a bleak picture of the exchange’s finances and outlines an arbitrage scheme to restore the exchange to solvency. “The reality is that Mt. Gox can go bankrupt at any moment, and certainly deserves to as a company,” the document states.
Read the full story at Wired.
Debunking supposed ‘threats’
> Why Barrett Brown never threatened violence against anyone
By Free Barrett Brown
Barrett Brown’s detractors frequently claim that he threatened violence against an FBI agent and/or his family, and some cite this as a main reason why they cannot support him. They repeat this mantra uncritically, despite the fact that it’s directly contradicted by the evidence. They point to a YouTube video he posted which led to his arrest. While perhaps ill-advised, his actual words in that video are much more nuanced and don’t support the claim. As with any charges in which free speech is implicated, there is always a very high bar to prove a threat of physical harm, and this case does not meet the test.
We will explain why…
Read the full story at Free Barrett Brown.