Philly City Council Candidate Nikki Allen Poe Joins Calls to Free Imprisoned Journalist Barrett Brown

My friend Poe is running for Philadelphia City Council under issues including an end to abusive searches, weed decrim, and ridding our city of the arbitrary Philadelphia Parking Authority. I’m acting as Poe’s campaign manager.


Speaking in support of Barrett Brown’s immediate release, Poe commented:

“We are trying to Spark a Change here in Philly by ending abusive law enforcement practices and taking a common sense approach to public safety, and really agreeing that a political prisoner should not be held and subjected to successive, inflated prosecutions, as far as change goes, doesn’t seem ground-breaking. Myself being prone to self-defeating internet and public outbursts, I further sympathize with Mr. Brown and urge his immediate freedom be secured.”

Another quick word from Poe:

You can hear more from this peach of a citizen here. I’m not just his manager, I’m his Rove.

Barrett pleaded guilty today to three counts, you can read all about his case at the Free Barrett Brown website. The introductory text below is reproduced from there (I’ll be publishing a review of Barrett’s new book in two shakes, stay on your guard).

Barrett Brown is an American activist, author, and freelance writer/journalist. His work has appeared in theGuardianVanity FairHuffington PostBusinessweekTrue/SlantSkeptical Inquirer and many other outlets. He has appeared as a guest on MSNBC, Fox News and Russia Today and as an interviewee in three recent documentary films: We Are LegionFuture Radicals, and Terms and Conditions May Apply.

He is the founder of Project PM, a distributed think-tank which researches and reports on matters related to the intelligence contracting industry. More recently, he has been misrepresented in the media as a spokesperson for the hacktivist collective known as Anonymous. He’s a co-author on Flock of Dodos: Behind Modern Creationism, Intelligent Design and the Easter Bunny, and had been working on additional books, with topics such as the failures of American media punditry and the early history of Anonymous, while maintaining a blog. Previously, Barrett had served as Communications Director for Enlighten the Vote.

Although Barrett had a serious side, he was also noted for his irreverence and use of humorsatire and hyperbole, demonstrated through writings for National Lampoon and The Onion and is often described as a modern-day Hunter S. Thompson.

Having previously been raided by the FBI on March 6, 2012 and not arrested or charged, on September 12, 2012 Barrett Brown was again raided and this time arrested by the Federal Bureau of Investigation while he was online participating in a Tinychat session. He was subsequently denied bail and detained without charge and adequate medical treatment for over two weeks while in the custody of US Marshals. In the first week of October 2012, he was finally indicted on three counts. related to alleged activities or postings on popular websites such as Twitter andYouTube.

On December 4, 2012 Barrett was indicted by a federal grand jury on twelve additional counts related to data from the Stratfor breach. Despite his lack of direct involvement in the operation and stated opposition to it, he faces these charges simply for allegedly pasting a hyperlink online. On January 23rd, 2013 he was indicted a third time on two more counts, relating to the March 2012 FBI raid(s) on his apartment and his mother’s house.

Barrett has pleaded not guilty in all three cases. He is currently incarcerated while awaiting trial. At this critical time, with such a prominent internet activist facing an extremely difficult legal battle and uncertain future, he needs our unwavering help and support. We encourage you to donate to his defense, so that he may have the resources he needs to fight these charges. Your prospective contribution has significance in a wider campaign for free speech and transparency both on the internet and across the world.”


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