Barrett Brown

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Barrett Brown (born August 14, 1981) is a writer who has done numerous media interviews on the internet group, Anonymous. While Brown does not claim to be a spokesperson for Anonymous, the media often represents him that way.[1] Brown is also the founder of Project PM, a "distributed think-tank" that also engages in online activism.

In 2011, Brown said that 75 names of members of the Zetas drug cartel would be released if a member of the Anonymous group who had been kidnapped was not set free.[2] Brown claims the member was then released and that there was a truce between him and drug cartel for the moment.[3]

On January 18, 2012, Brown interviewed with the state-run[4] cable news station Russia Today about the cyber attacks by Anonymous and the temporary black out of the US government websites Whitehouse.Gov, DoJ.gov and FBI.gov [5]

Brown wrote the book "Flock of Dodos: Behind Modern Creationism, Intelligent Design and the Easter Bunny", a comic critique of intelligent design and creationism. He has written for Vanity Fair, National Lampoon, Huffington Post, The Guardian, and other publications.

On 6 March 2012, he confirmed on Twitter that the FBI raided his residence after Sabu's betrayal. Sabu, a founder of LulzSec, was unmasked as Hector Xavier Monsegur, an FBI informer.[6]

On September 12, 2012, Brown was arrested in Dallas County, Texas for threatening an FBI agent.[7] His arrest occurred as he left a computer linked to Tinychat in which the raid could be heard in the background.[8]

On September 24, 2012, a Pastebin post appeared titled "Barrett Brown - Communiqué from Prison 9/20/12", in which Brown thanked supporters, described the insufficient medical treatment he received after having his ribs injured during his arrest, acknowledged some past mistakes, and restated his beliefs about a conspiracy targeting him. The missive concludes, "I will personally thank everyone on the outside who has helped me and this movement particularly at this critical time, when I have regained the freedom that I did nothing to lose. For now, and until that time, it is war, on paper as always, but war." [9]

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