It turns out being the only imprisoned journalist in the United States doesn’t get you on CNN or MSNBC. If you’re Barrett Brown, a firebrand with an outlandish style, a penchant for insulting those very outlets and a history of working with hacktivist collectives, you can consider yourself lucky to get written up in Rolling Stone and the New York Times.
The drama of Brown’s case and cancelled trial is all but over, but the media and the public has dropped the ball on what he was trying to expose. That’s the secretive world of private intelligence contractors—an estimated $56 billion-a-year industry consuming 70 percent of America’s intelligence budget.
Weev: I Went to Prison Because Ronald Reagan Was Senile
Abby Martin speaks with hacker and notorious internet troll Andrew ‘weev’ Auernheimer, discussing the overturning of his prison sentence after being charged with conspiracy under the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act.
Judge Dismisses Auernheimer’s (weev’s) Indictment and Lifts Release Conditions
Today, Judge Wigenton issued an order dismissing Andrew Auernheimer’s indictment in the District of New Jersey and releasing Auernheimer from the conditions previously imposed upon his release.
Bitcoin Creator ‘Satoshi Nakamoto’ Unmasked–Again?
by Pail Vigna | WSJ
A month after a firestorm erupted over Newsweek’s claim that it “unmasked” the creator of bitcoin, a U.K. university has released a new study that points to a different candidate.
The study by students and researchers at Aston University in Birmingham claims a linguistics analysis of the writings by people most often listed as bitcoin’s potential creator leads them to believe that Nick Szabo, a well known name in cryptography circles, is the mysterious father of the digital currency.
Read the full story here.
"Keep your cards close to your chest and beware those trying too hard to be your friend." ~ Ryan Ackroyd aka Kayla of LulzSec
Free Anons recently spoke with Ryan Ackroyd, aka Kayla, who was arrested in September of 2011 along with other members of LulzSec. He was released last month after serving 10 of the 30 months in which he was sentenced.
Read the interview here.
Weev Tells Federal Government To “Bring It”
After having his CFAA conviction vacated on Friday on the grounds that the venue was improper, Andrew “weev” Auernheimer is prepared for a second round in the courts if the government decides to refile charges in another jurisdiction.
"I’ve already informed my attorney, Tor Ekeland, that he’s not to file a motion to dismiss it via double jeopardy," weev told interviewer Ricky Camilleri on Huffington Post Live.
"I’ve sacrificed three years of my life to overturn this unjust law, and I didn’t do this to get a venue decision. The government should come litigate again. I’ll risk prison again to do this once more. It’s a terrible law…
"This particular case is so utterly seditious. The idea that anybody can be arbitrarily prosecuted for accessing public web resources is monstrous. It really is. I have the best case to fight it. Come bring it Federal Government."