Anonymous spokesman Barrett Brown indicted for a third time by feds

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Barrett Brown, the sometime public face of hacktivist group Anonymous, was indicted Wednesday for a third time by federal authorities with an additional two counts of obstruction of justice.

The Dallas Observer reported Brown’s latest indictment Thursday, noting that Brown has “already been charged with a laundry list of crimes.”

Brown’s apartment was raided twice in 2012 — first in March, and then again in September, when he was finally taken into custody by authorities. He was subsequently charged in October with the threatening of an FBI agent on YouTube. He is scheduled to appear in court Wednesday for this particular indictment.

“At that time, U.S. District Judge Sam Linday will rule on a prison psychologist’s recommendation that Brown be founded mentally competent to stand trial,” wrote The Dallas Observer.

In December, he was indicted a second time for allegedly disseminating information obtained through the December 2011 Christmas hack against the private intelligence firm Stratfor. Brown, a writer, does not claim to hack.

Brown’s latest indictment by the federal authorities alleges that he — along with his accomplice, identified in the indictment only by the name “KM” — attempted to conceal and corrupt laptops, along with documents and files, during the first raid in March 2012.

“Specifically, the document went on to say, they were looking for records relating to HBGary, another security firm whose CEO was legendarily hacked by Anonymous last year, as well as information in relation to Anonymous itself; a subgroup called Lulzsec; an organization called Infragard; another called Endgame Systems; Twitter records; IRC chat records; records relating to a site called wiki.echelon2.org; and pastebin.com itself,” wrote the Dallas Observer.

Correction: An earlier version of this story incorrectly stated that Brown was indicted for allegedly taking part in the December Stratfor hack. In fact, he was indicted for disseminating information obtained through the Stratfor hack.

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