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The US government has moved to drop several charges against journalist and activist Barrett Brown that could have had far-reaching consequences for all users of the web.

Brown, currently being held in Texas, faces two separate trials over the coming months which will see him answer 17 charges related to his work on uncovering online surveillance.

In total, Brown faces three separate indictments but the main one, covering 12 counts, revolves around his posting of a hyperlink on an internet chat room which pointed towards data stolen from Strategic Forecasting Inc. (Stratfor).

Link: Naked Security

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