Justice for LulzSec

Screenshot from YouTube user Barrett Brown

We have a whole new ballgame going now.  Instead of just going after those who crack into systems, now the US DOJ is going after those who repost the information.  [Mind you, this is the same DOJ who cannot find the Banksters to indict, and also gave weapons to the drug cartels in Mexico.  Don’t get me started.]

Jeremy Hammond, the one accused of the crack, is facing life-in-prison.  The traitor Hector Xavier Monsegur, aka Sabu, faces 124 years in prison AFTER turning in his friends in LulzSec, including Jeremy Hammond.

Since Stratfor is the shadow CIA, or was, I guess the Powers That Be are just a tad pissed.  But how are they going to make “sharing the link” stick?  The New York Times published The Pentagon Papers  and then President Nixon pursued both Daniel Ellsberg, the whistleblower and Russo, the editor.  The case New York Times Co. v. United States (403 U.S. 713) went all the way to the SCOTUS who ruled against the government.  This precedent should prevent such prosecutions.

According to the indictment, Brown is at fault not for hacking into Stratfor during a massive security breach in 2011, but for posting a link to the hacked files while in an online chat. Prosecutors say that during last Christmas, Brown affected interstate commerce by knowingly trafficking without authorization the credit card information of 12 subscribers to the Stratfor global intelligence company’s newsletter, information authorities say he knew “were stolen and produced without lawful authority.”

Although Brown is not being pegged with personally hacking Stratfor or obtaining, collecting and categorizing the credit card data in question, the Justice Department is attacking the hacktivist for copying a link to a downloadable archive of the compromised data from one Internet Relay Chat (IRC) channel and pasting it into another.

“Brown transferred the hyperlink ‘http://wikisend.com/download/597646/Stratfor_full_b.txt.gz’ from the Internet Relay Chat (IRC) channel called ‘#AnonOps’ to an IRC channel under Brown’s control called ‘#ProjectPM,” the authorities charge, which in turn provided access to stolen Stratfor data including “in excess of 5,000 credit card account numbers, the card holders’ identification information and the authentication featres for the credit cards known as the Card Cerficivation Values (CVV).”

“[B]y transferring and posting the hyperlink, Brown caused the data to be made available to other persons online without the knowledge and authorization of Stratfor Global Intelligence and the card holders,” the indictment continues.

http://rt.com/usa/news/brown-stratfor-credit-barrett-751/

So, by sharing the link in their article, has RT committed a crime?  By sharing their article, have I?  Why not?  And when will the DOJ decide that RT, and I by extension, have committed crimes by reporting this?  The noose around Freedom of Speech and Freedom of the Press is getting tighter every day.

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