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Our comrades at #OpPenPal, in conjunction with FreeBarrettBrown.org, have put together a drive to send Barrett best wishes for his birthday on August 14th. Please see the #oppenpal site for directions on how best to support Barrett for this day, and FreeBarrettBrown.org for all the latest news related to his case, including the latest legal pleadings filed by Barrett’s defense. These include a Motion to Continue Trial and a Demand for Discovery and Bill of Paticulars. They, along with all other documents related to Barrett’s case, can be viewed here.

Additionally, Kevin M. Gallagher, the Director of Free Barrett Brown, has written an excellent overview of both Barrett and his case, on the Huff Post’s Tech blog, which can be read in its entirety here. Below is an excerpt:

Barrett is a member of a new generation of journalists who double as activists, those who recognize that dissent is fully warranted against a media complicit in creating the conditions for war, an executive engaged in assassination, torture, and indefinite detention, a state whose legitimacy crumbles as it displays its non-recognition for international principles of asylum. The enemies of the republic use secrecy and power to destroy liberties, while targeting whole populations with invasive surveillance, propaganda and capabilities like persona management. It’s appropriate that a justified form of unconventional, asymmetric informational warfare is being practiced by whistle-blowers and hacktivists, exemplified by organizations such as WikiLeaks and people like Edward Snowden, who liberate information for the public good.

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John Kiriakou has a birthday this month, as well. He will be spending his 49th birthday on August 9th, at FCI Loretto. You can read updates on John’s case, as well as instructions for sending books and letters,  at defendjohnk.com:

John, an anti-torture whistleblower and activist, was hounded into ruin by the Justice Department because he revealed that the CIA had tortured prisoners and that torture was official US Government policy.

John’s family must miss him deeply, and we offer them our heartfelt support. He is sentenced to 30 months in prison, and is a true prisoner of conscience. We wish him the best, and will be here for the duration to get word out about his case. Happy Birthday, John.