The judge sentenced Barrett Brown to 63 months, primarily in support of the government's current war against journalists and the free press, in order to try and deter others from reporting government misconduct and the endemic corruption by government cronies.
For background on the case see this:-
Barrett Brown Sentenced to 5 Years in Prison After Reporting on Hacked Private Intelligence Firms
A journalist and activist accused of working with Anonymous has been given a five-year prison term and ordered to pay nearly $900,000 in restitution and fines. Barrett Brown was sentenced on Thursday after pleading guilty last year to charges of transmitting threats, accessory to a cyber-attack, and obstruction of justice. Supporters say Brown has been unfairly targeted for investigating the highly secretive world of private intelligence and military contractors. After his sentencing on Thursday, Brown released a satirical statement that read in part: "Good news! — The U.S. government decided today that because I did such a good job investigating the cyber-industrial complex, they’re now going to send me to investigate the prison-industrial complex."
Read more at: http://www.democracynow.org/2015/1/23/barrett_brown_sentenced_to_five_years
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