A former employee of Radian, the mortgage insurer, raised red flags and found himself in a lesser job; the S.E.C. has so far been mum.
Award-winning journalist Barrett Brown was re-arrested and taken into custody Thursday, the day before he was scheduled to be interviewed for a PBS documentary. Brown quickly became a symbol of the attack on press freedom after he was arrested in 2012 for reporting he did on the hacked emails of intelligence-contracting firms. Brown wrote about hacked emails that showed the firm Stratfor spying on activists on behalf of corporations. Brown also helped uncover a proposal by intelligence contractors to hack and smear Wikileaks defenders and progressive activists. Faced with the possibility of 100 years in prison, Brown pled guilty in 2014 to two charges related to obstruction of justice and threatening an FBI agent, and was sentenced to 5 years and 3 months. In 2016, Brown won a National Magazine Award for his scathing and often hilarious columns in The Intercept, which focused on his life in prison. He was released in November. Jay Leiderman, Brown’s lawyer, told The Intercept Brown was arrested Thursday during a check-in. According to his mother, Brown had not missed a check-in or failed a drug test since he was released to a halfway house in November. Neither his mother or lawyer has been informed where he is being held. According to his mother, who spoke with Brown by phone after his arrest, Brown believes the reason for his re-arrest was a failure to obtain “permission” to give interviews to media organizations. Several weeks ago, Brown was told by his check-in officer that he needed to fill out permission forms before giving interviews. Since his release, Brown has given numerous interviews, on camera and by phone. But according to his mother, Brown said that the Bureau of Prisons never informed him about a paperwork requirement. When he followed up with his check-in officer, he was given a different form: a liability form for media entering prisons. Just last week, Brown was interviewed for two days by VICE news, and his PBS interview was set for Friday. Leiderman said he had not been presented with a formal justification for the arrest, but was told that it had “to do with failing to abide by BOP restrictions on interviews, which is disgusting.” Leiderman called the impromptu media restrictions “disgusting,” and said he believed the arrest was an act of reprisal for criticizing the government. “I would call the people who did this a bunch of chicken-shit assholes that are brutalizing the Constitution,” Leiderman said. Top photo: Journalist Barrett Brown is released from prison after a four year sentence. The post Formerly Imprisoned Journalist Barrett Brown Taken Back Into Custody Before PBS Interview appeared first on The Intercept.
The British authorities are investigating the lender and its chief executive, James E. Staley, after he admitted to trying to learn the identity of the author of an anonymous letter.
CIA Director Mike Pompeo on Thursday ripped into anti-secrecy group WikiLeaks, calling it a “nonstate hostile intelligence service often abetted” by hostile countries like Russia. “WikiLeaks walks like a hostile intelligence service, and talks like a hostile intelligence service,” Pompeo said at the Center for Strategic and International Studies in his first public remarks since becoming CIA chief. Last year, U.S. intelligence officials dubbed WikiLeaks a middleman for Russian intelligence services after it published thousands of pilfered Democratic Party emails. Pompeo, a former House lawmaker, also tore into WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange — whom he called, among other things, a “coward,” a “fraud” and a “narcissist” — as well as others who have leaked U.S. intelligence community secrets, such as Edward Snowden and Chelsea Manning. Pompeo, who served on the House Intelligence Committee, said he chose to discuss those people because their efforts have “hindered” the intelligence community’s ability to protect the country. He said he wanted to make sure the American public “understood the threat they pose to us.” He added that the U.S. government has “not done nearly enough” to take down nonstate actors. Pompeo declined to address the authenticity of CIA hacking tools that WikiLeaks has posted on its website. Experts and former intelligence officials have told POLITICO the documents appear legitimate.
The bank was ordered to pay a manager who was fired in 2010 after informing supervisors and a bank ethics hotline about what he thought was fraudulent behavior.