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Exclusive: US journalist may seek asylum overseas after being re-imprisoned for talking to press
Published time: 5 May, 2017 02:22
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Barrett Brown’s first stint in federal prison outraged free speech advocates, but he says his new re-incarceration, simply for appearing in the media, is the “last straw.” The US journalist tells RT he wants out of the “moral vacuum” America has become.

Brown spent four years behind bars after an FBI raid and subsequent grand jury indictment in 2012, stemming from his alleged ties to hackers and his republishing a link to leaked emails of Stratfor, a private global intelligence company. In late 2016, Brown was released but remained under home confinement within the jurisdiction of the US Bureau of Prisons (BOP).

Last week, on April 27, following an interview with Vice News and before a scheduled appearance on NPR, Brown was arrested again. He was back behind bars for four days at the Federal Correctional Institution in Seagoville, Texas.

“The BOP decided all of a sudden that I'm not allowed to do press interviews,” Brown told RT America’s Anya Parampil on Thursday in an exclusive interview.

Brown claims he was “required to force any journalist to fill out a form” to be submitted to a BOP representative. That policy, however, was not in line with a BOP program statement on news media contacts, Brown says. Nevertheless, he was purportedly threatened with a refusing order infraction.

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During his four-year sentence, when he wasn’t in “the hole,” or solitary confinement, Brown spent his time imprisoned reading news magazines such as The Economist or raw sources. The time away from nonstop punditry and social media fluff was good overall, despite some drawbacks, he told RT.

Brown may not have kept abreast of every newsflash, but one big story he experienced firsthand was the shared plight of roughly 2 million US inmates.

“None of them have due process rights effectively,” he said, “because to sue your captors, even if there's ongoing issues, you have to go through this long process called the administrative remedy process, which was instituted by Congress about 20 years ago, in which your captors get to oversee.”

“So, you get to sue your captors if your captors let you, essentially. It says a lot about this nation at this point in time,” he added.

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Brown lamented the US’s current state of affairs, not just politically, but socially.

He cited the downfall of whistleblowers in recent years, and looked more favorably on developments in Germany and Iceland, where protests and uprisings had shifted government actions or rolled back the state altogether. Those countries were the kind he would “like to live in,” he told RT.

“I have no problem going to prison if it helps to bring light to certain issues, if people take that ball and run with it,” Brown said. “But given just the lack of press coverage of my arrest, of the BOP's actions and the state's actions, I've decided finally that when I'm off probation, when my legal obligations are over, I'll be leaving the United States, seeking, if necessary, political asylum, revoking my citizenship, perhaps moving to either Iceland or Germany.”

“I will no longer stay here in this moral vacuum,” he added. “You can only take so much.”

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Brown was also asked to talk about his latest book, sardonically titled “Keep Rootin’ For Putin: Establishment Pundits and the Twilight of American Competence.”

Taking on five mainstream media columnists, including Thomas Friedman of the New York Times, Brown called the book’s targets “emblematic of the incompetence that has managed to run free.”

Friedman was “wrong on China, wrong on Russia,” Brown said, pointing to the columnist’s incorrect predictions that China would not censor the internet or that Russian President Vladimir Putin would turn out to be a “great reformer and democratic hero, and I think that's not entirely correct.”

Contempt for the press fueled Brown’s activism early on, he told RT.

“These are people who can get things wrong every single day,” Brown said. “They are the eyes and ears of our establishment in many ways, and they're failures.”
https://www.rt.com/usa/387187-barrett-brown-asylum-moral-vacuum/
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Purple Cherries
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The overwhelming majority of "journalism" in the US has become a cruel joke.

Can't blame this man for wanting to leave.
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rodmunch69Leader Purple Cherries
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Well if they don't like America they should follow the lead of all their Hollywood idols and move to Canada. Of course the fact they never actually do, that tells you everything about what frauds they are.
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Olive Bonerodmunch69
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Maybe because they forced to still pay tax for 10 years after renounce citizenship? and in Hollywood is all about the shekel right?
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Olive8 Ball Olive Bone
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Land of the fee
Home of the grave
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Red Trumpet
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The Gestapo US it is now
Free speech is out the door.
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northernlegLeader
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The USA is slowly but surely becoming a police state.
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Orange Cloudnorthernleg
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The US lis not becoming a police state, it is already one.
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Blue Battery Orange Cloud
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And that wall is not to keep the Mexicans out - it's to keep the Americans in - so they can't escape with the money they've managed to accumulate
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Gold Butterfly Orange Cloud
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It always was, but they are so economically incompetent they can no longer afford the pretense, the only way to pay the bills is to go to war, just like Hitler.
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Purple Hat
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Land of the free!!! ha ha ha
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russiancitizenLeader
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and then americans will criticize dprk for infringing on freedom of speech rights
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Green Glasses
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IN the USA, truth is the enemy.
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Danny GreenLeader
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How dare he call this great country a moral vacuum. There, I do have a future in sarcasm.

Because 'murica!
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CanSocLeader
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If Canada isn't safe enough for this guy (no need to learn a foreign language) that doesn't speak well of media freedom in my country either.
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Purple HammerCanSoc
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Canada is merely the 51 state ther is no truth in media here either.
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Blue Battery Purple Hammer
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He will be better off moving to one of the southern states in Mexico - the Mexican government do not have much of a presence there - truly land of the free
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Red Cloud Blue Battery
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Mexico's more like, land of the kidnapped, ransomed and killed anyways.
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MikeJuhaLeader
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The USA Federal Gov't does not consider itself bound by the US Constitution.
Many other countries allow their citizens far greater freedom than the US Federal Gov't does.
I have spent the last 4 years traveling to several of them.
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Onno FroweinLeader
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US constitution is a farce, just like Freedom of Speech Brown better leaves USA because Big Brother got his number like Julian Assange of WikiLeaks, Chelsey Manning and Edward Snowden. They're Freedom fighters and public enemy #1 of Washington's Fake News Propaganda. Russia offers more democracy and freedom of the Press than USA and Europe = US vassal !
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Gold WheelOnno Frowein
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You are a lovely guy !!! I know you live Russia but .... look free speech... free press is kaput
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rodmunch69Leader
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This is one of those dopes that goes to a riot and holds their phone in their hand and claim they're a journalist because they post on Facebook. Then again journalists in the US are such corrupt pieces of trash, the guy posting on Facebook most likely is more honest and has more integrity.
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Red Rocketrodmunch69
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Claim they're a journalist?

Well, what's a journalist?
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Green Cone Red Rocket
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Someone who reads from a script
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Red Strawberry
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basically fascism
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Purple Popcorn
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We are the herd and police are the dogs that obey their masters, the cons politicians
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Purple Fries Purple Popcorn
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Complicated arguments like that one defy me, I always struggled with baa baa black sheep. Was it a parody or neo-nazi sheep farmers getting high on the irony of FX trading.
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Purple Fries
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Except in England where due to financial incompetency, there are no cops. Try a country without cops for a few years and tell me how it feels?

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“A firm rule must be imposed upon our nation before it destroys itself. The United States needs some theology and geometry, some taste and decency. I suspect that we are teetering on the edge of the abyss.”
– John Kennedy Toole, A Confederacy of Dunces

"A nation’s political enemies are always in control of the state, if only covertly or indirectly; in the modern age, they’ve branched out into the media for good measure."

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