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Adrian Chen of Gawker Can't Explain Libel Against Barrett Brown, Anonymous, OWS

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Published on Aug 20, 2012

This conversation occurred between Adrian Chen and I on March 8th, two days after I was raided. It refers to several articles Chen had written about me over the past six months (previously he'd written about me from time to time and more often used me as a source and before that as a guide to understanding Anonymous and specific operations, as had dozens of other journalists in 2011). The call itself was prompted by his new article on my FBI raid entitled "Anonymous fameball Barrett Brown raided by FBI" or some such, although it's entirely about inaccuracies and outright libel on the matter of my involvement in an action (essentially aborted by the largely Mexican contingent of Anons that ran it before abandoning original objective and handing over the "name" of the op to me). Also doesn't mention that Chen has inaccurately characterized an upcoming book deal obtained by Gregg Housh with me as a co-writer/ghostwriter as "a book about [my] adventures" despite having never been focused on me and including less than three or four sentences about things that I did, being about Housh's life as a hacker/pirate, his prison stint, and his key involvement with Anonymous going back before 2008, when he helped get Chanology off the ground and began serving as media go-to guy among other things.

Likewise, this convo of course does not go into the reason I've decided to post this terrible performance by a writer who has indeed done some important work on stories involving net activism and other topics - that he recently helped to kill the Trapwire story in its cradle due to incompetence, laziness, and likely also simply out of the common human desire to look down on others and/or pretend that they've got the "real" story on something others are worried about it. That's a reasonable tendency to have when one does one's work. As noted here, he didn't, even despite having obsessively written about a guy like myself who does almost nothing other than talk about these very issues (and who has been talking/writing about Trapwire controller Cubic Corporation for a year). This and other info on Trapwire, which we only know about because my friend and "colleague" Jeremy Hammond sacrificed years of his youth to get the Stratfor e-mails. More on Chen's shitty article here:

http://barrettbrown.blogspot.com/2012...

What you actually need to know about Trapwire, from people whose knowledge of industry goes beyond writing about whether iPad is cool or gay or what, here: http://barrettbrown.blogspot.com/2012...

Look at this picture: http://imgur.com/CCEQU
Picture uses same color scheme (and bullshit "let's use single frames from videos in order to make subject look ridiculous without having to prove he's actually ridiculous" tactic). Credit goes to my girlfriend, who usually makes memes about my own douchebaggery but did this as a present.

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