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Who is Barrett Brown and why is ‘House of Cards’ talking about him?

In the fifth episode of the second season of Netflix’s addictive and massively popular series, “House of Cards,” Barrett Brown is mentioned by the series’ hacker character, Gavin. Modeled on some of the real-life hackers whose names have grabbed headlines over the years, Gavin is under the thumb of the FBI, and he asks for Barrett Brown’s freedom in exchange for services rendered.

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