20 June 2013
Barrett Brown and Michael Hastings v. FBI
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Date: Thu, 20 Jun 2013 09:33:22 -0400
Subject: Free Barrett Brown Offers Condolences for Michael Hastings, Urges
From: Free Barrett Brown <press[at]freebarrettbrown.org>
Free Barrett Brown sends its condolences to the friends and family of Michael
in a fiery car crash early Tuesday morning. Hastings was a fearless journalist
who questioned power. He was a friend of Barrett's and an active member of
Project PM, a crowd-sourced
research effort to expose government intelligence contractors. We deeply
mourn his passing.
Barrett defended Hastings' award winning journalism in his Vanity Fair piece,
The Hacks Hate Michael Hastings." He was candid about their
friendshipwarning the reader:
"I should notenot only in the interest of full disclosure, but also
necessary contextthat I am a friend and admirer of Michael Hastings,
the author of the Rolling Stone piece in question. He was kind enough to
blurb my upcoming book on the failures of the American punditry (and is planning
on writing a novel on the same topic, incidentally); he shares my opinions
on the state of journalism and opinion in this country; and he has joined
up with Project PM, my perhaps quixotic attempt to do a small part in improving
that media whose flawed reporting on matters of war and peace has recently
had a hand in leaving hundreds of thousands dead and injured our republics
ability to rationally operate both at home and abroad. I first spoke in support
of Hastings before Id ever made contact with him, which is to say that
my opinion of him is not based on our association; my association with him
is based on my opinion of him. That opinion is derived from the unassailable
and unfortunately noteworthy competence and conduct he has displayed throughout
his relatively short career."
Barrett also blurbed Hastings' second book, The Operators: The Wild and
Terrifying Inside Story of America's War in Afghanistan, calling it, "The
most impact-laden story of the year . . . written by a perfect specimen of
the new breed of journalist-commentator."
In support of Barrett, Hastings
Barrett Brown is a journalist, plain and simple. Hes also a colleague
and friend, and one of the brilliant, if highly unconventional, American
writers of his generation. I offer my support to Barrett and his family,
and respectfully ask for his immediate release from custody. He
Barrett's work helped contribute to a free press.
Before his untimely death, Hastings was working on a story about Barrett,
mysteriously to his followers "Get ready for your mind to be blown." Hastings
had been in touch with Barrett's lawyers, and intended to interview him in
June for the story. Barrett has been in prison for 281 days pending trial,
and faces over a hundred years imprisonment for what Hastings
"trumped up FBI charges regarding his legitimate reportorial inquiry into
the political collective known sometimes as Anonymous."
The loss of Michael Hastings is a tremendous blow to adversarial journalism,
but the circumstances surrounding his death leave many questions unanswered.
he was under FBI investigation at the time of his death, and that his calls
with Barrett were
May he rest in peace.
We're raising money for Barrett's defense.
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