Barrett Brown, Author Linked to ‘Nameless’ Hackers, Sentenced to Jail

DALLAS — A author linked to the web hacking collective Nameless has been sentenced to jail for threatening an FBI agent and two different federal counts in a intently watched case. Barrett Lancaster Brown, 33, was sentenced to 5 years in jail Thursday in federal courtroom in Dallas. He will probably be given credit score for the greater than two years he is already served. Brown is usually quoted on the workings of Nameless. He got here beneath federal investigation for posting a hyperlink to knowledge stolen from the Austin-based mostly protection contractor Stratfor. He later admitted to posting threats towards an FBI agent, obstructing a search warrant and being an adjunct to an unauthorized entry of a protected pc.

After his sentencing, in response to The Dallas Morning Information, Brown launched a press release that learn partially: "The U.S. authorities determined at present that as a result of I did such a superb job investigating the cyber-industrial complicated, they’re now going to ship me to research the jail-industrial complicated. For the subsequent 35 months, I will be supplied with free meals, garments, and housing as I search to show wrongdoing by Bureau of Prisons officers and employees and in any other case report on information and tradition on the planet’s biggest jail system." Brown’s case has been watched by free-speech advocates who’ve criticized his prosecution.

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First revealed January 22 2015, 2:01 PM