[This post’s been sitting in the cellar for a while, and it’s a tad overripe. Good enough reason to post it.
As a continuation of This Post there seems to be some history being swept under the Little Green Throwrug regarding Charles FF Johnson and his working relationship with Anonymous and Barrett The Incarcerated. Our job is to pick at Little Green Scabs, and a quick dip into The Swamp turned up this:
On 22 January 2010, Vanity Fair published a long rambling diatribe by Barrett Brown, essentially announced his partnership with Johnson to win the internet:
“Aside from taking issue with the conduct of many online pundits, Johnson is far more alarmed by the failures of the orthodox news media to provide reasonable and accurate analysis to the citizenry at large. […] As such, Johnson and I have decided to channel our concern and general crankiness over this issue into a productive response.”
Robert Stacy McCain, having been in the boxing ring with both Johnson and Brown, posted this on 10 September 2013:
Barrett Brown was a selfish, arrogant famewhore and, after Charles Johnson “parted ways with the right” in late 2009, Brown saw in this a potential opportunity to jump on a bandwagon that would enhance his own gloriousness, and used his blogging access at Vanity Fair to promote a proposed collaboration with Charles Johnson that would eventually become “Project PM.” Eventually, however, Brown’s wretched habits — Barrett is one of the most shameless bullshit artists ever to walk the Earth — made this collaboration impossible. By December 2010, Johnson and Brown had a falling-out, and Barrett recorded a YouTube video describing their abortive partnership:
“Obviously, it was a mutually beneficial working relationship. We had certain shared goals, you know, we said nice things about each other. We had sex on the beach. We wore condoms, though. I’m just kidding — it was barebacking. . . . Charles Johnson is not being very factual. He’s deleting comments. He’s deleting his own comments. It’s really a little much.”
That video was later deleted, but clearly Barrett Brown bore a grudge against Johnson so that, four months later in March 2011, he solicited a hacker to knock Little Green Footballs offline.
Here’s the thing: It took only five minutes for the hacker to accomplish this criminal mischief, merely to satisfy Barrett Brown’s grudge. […]
No matter how much you hate Charles Johnson — and I hate him like God hates sin — this vindictive hacker attack incited by Barrett Brown was entirely unscrupulous. Besides being an all-purpose douchebag, what had Charles Johnson done to deserve that, except to have once befriended Barrett Brown?
Yet who but a douchebag would ever be Barrett’s friend? Oh wait…
Right. Meanwhile check out these, Charlie fans: