The Daily Fix: Journalist Who Linked to Hacked Material Sentenced to 63 Months in Jail

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Jan 23, 2015· 2 MIN READ
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After a lengthy trial, Barrett Brown, a journalist and informal spokesperson for the hacker collective Anonymous, has been sentenced to more than five years in prison.

In 2014, Brown pleaded guilty to aiding and abetting obstruction of justice and making threats against an FBI agent. Brown was accused of helping a hacker named Jeremy Hammond evade law enforcement after Hammond broke into the website of Strategic Forecasting, or Stratfor, and exposed tens of thousands of people to identity theft.

Hammond is in prison serving a maximum sentence of 10 years. In addition to the charge that Brown threatened an FBI officer and obstructed the investigation against Hammond, Brown was initially charged with linking to the data from the hack. Before the plea he faced up to 105 years in prison.

At his sentencing Brown said he regretted posting the threatening video. Brown has been in jail for 31 months, and his attorneys had requested he be released with time served. Instead, he received a sentence of 63 months in prison and will be eligible for supervised release after one year, according to Wired.

“Good news!” Brown wrote in a statement after the sentencing. “The US government decided today that because I did such a good job investigating the cyber-industrial complex, they’re now going to send me to investigate the prison-industrial complex.”

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