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U.S. Drops Most Charges Against Journalist Who Linked to Leaked Documents

06
Mar
2014

The U.S. government has filed a motion to drop most of its charges against Barrett Brown, the activist/journalist who faced up to 100 years in jail for posting a link to a trove of leaked documents. The U.S. motion would dismiss 11 of the 17 charges the government levied against Brown, all related to an Anonymous hacking of intelligence agency Stratfor in 2011. The former The Guardian writer became a test for First Amendment rights in the modern Internet era after he reposted a link to Stratfors leaked files in a chat room. His supporters, including the Free Barrett Brown group, worried that his prosecution for simply sharing a link would stifle sharing information.

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