Transcript: The Face of Anonymous: Barrett Brown Reads Mean Tweets | May 25, 2021

The TVO Original logo appears. A title reads "The Face of Anonymous: Barrett Brown Reads Mean Tweets."

A caption reads "I have been increasingly vocal about my growing distaste for WikiLeaks in general and Julian Assange in particular, largely due to his close and ongoing involvement with fascist entities, his outright lies about his role in the last US election, and his willingness to have other tell similar lies on his behalf. Barrett Brown."

Barrett is in his mid-forties, clean-shaven with long light brown hair. He wears a blue shirt and a green jacket.

The caption changes to "Barrett Brown. Journalist."

Sitting near a window in a building, Barrett says I WOULD NEVER DESPISE ANY
CONSTITUENCY MORE
THAN THESE PEOPLE
WHO HAVE DECIDED THAT
THEY'RE OKAY WITH ASSANGE HAVING
SACRIFICED SO MANY OF US,
AND HAVING LIED TO US
AND LIED TO EVERYONE ELSE...
AND THEN FAILED.
THERE'S A VERY...
HALF OF ME THAT'S VERY...
OLD TESTAMENT, PROPHET.
VERY SELF-RIGHTEOUS.
CONSCIOUSLY SO.
AGGRESSIVELY SO.
AND THERE'S ANOTHER
HALF THAT IS STILL A...
VERY COLD PRAGMATIST WHO WANTS
TO SEE THESE THINGS SUCCEED.
AND EITHER SIDE
CAN ACCEPT FAILURE
AFTER A LEADER SQUANDERS THE
ENTIRE MORAL CAPITAL
OF THE MOVEMENT THAT WE ALL
CONTRIBUTED TO,
AND THEN TAKES ALL
THE DONATIONS AND OXYGEN...
AND LEAVES THOSE WHO ARE STILL
IN JAIL WITHOUT...
ANYTHING TO SHOW,
WHATSOEVER.
I'LL NEVER FORGIVE ANYONE
INVOLVED IN ANY OF THAT EVER.
SO THANK GOD THAT AFTER I BROKE
WITH JULIEN ASSANGE,
UPON GETTING OUT OF PRISON AND
REALIZING, GRADUALLY,
WHAT ASSANGE HAD
ACTUALLY BEEN DOING
WHILE WE ALL TOOK
BULLETS FOR HIM
AND WENT TO PRISON
OVER AT WIKILEAKS...
THANK GOD THAT COMMANDER X
HAS NOW WRITTEN ALL THESE
CRAZY, FUNNY
THINGS ABOUT ME.

Looking at a laptop, Barrett reads a tweet. It says "@Commander Xanon. August 13 2018. Bottom line: Barrett Brown isn't worthy to scrape dog shit off the shoes of Julian Assange. Go ahead and unfollow me, IDGAF I'll probably block you're sorry ass anyway. This isn't a popularity contest to me. It's a fucking war."

Barrett chuckles and says NO IT'S NOT.

Another tweet reads "Barrett Brown has no sense of honor or code and he has admitted it. In tweets he's compared loyalty based on friendship to tribalism."

Barrett says AND TO JUST EXPLAIN,
I DON'T HAVE LOANS TO PEOPLE,
I CONSIDER THAT TRIBALISM,
I AVOIDED PRINCIPLES.

He reads "This sort of dude in a bar room fight when you expect him to have your back, he's the (beep) slipping out of the back door while you get shanked."

Barrett says IF THE BACK DOOR LED TO
A FEDERAL PRISON...
THEN YES.
DID COMMANDER X
GET SHANKED AT ANY POINT?
HAS HE BEEN SHANKED RECENTLY?
OH. WHAT AN ODD METAPHOR
TO USE FOR SOMEONE
WHO HAS NOT SPENT
A LOT OF TIME IN PRISON.

He reads "Julian constantly thanks his supporters, enmass..."

Barrett says IT'S ONE WORD.
HE WROTE "ENMASS."

He reads "and personally when he can. Barrett Brown has never issued an statement thanking anyone."

He says IT'S TAKES TWO SECONDS
TO, LIKE, LOOK UP,
"BARRETT BROWN, THANK YOU."
TO FIND MY ALLOCUTION,
WHICH IS ONE OF THE MOST
FAMOUS THING THAT I MADE
WHILE I WAS SENTENCED.

Against a black screen, a caption reads "I want to conclude by thanking everyone who supported me over the last few years."

He continues I MEAN, I SHOULD HOPE
THAT I SHOULDN'T
HAVE TO POINT OUT THAT I...
AGAIN, EVEN IF
YOU THINK I'M IMMORAL,
AND, LIKE, THINK I HATE
THANKING PEOPLE.
WHERE AS, OF COURSE, I GET ON
AS VERY POLITE METHODIST.
RAISED IN A METHODIST CHURCH,
WHICH IS A...
A NIHILIST, BUT VERY
POLITE CHURCH.

He reads "In that case support Julian Assange. Barrett Brown hasn't worked on anything but Barrett Brown for quite some time now."

Barrett says I CONSIDER MYSELF A HANDFUL.

He reads "After a decade of friendship..."

Barrett says STRONG WORD.

He reads "I finally blocked Barrett Brown. His treacherous betrayal of Julian Assange, his insulting behaviour towards some of his biggest supporters when he was in prison, including my sister, and his forsaking of the basic principles of free speech... I'm done."

Barrett says WHAT THE FUCK
DOES THAT MEAN?
OH, THIS IS COOL.
I DIDN'T KNOW THIS.

He reads "I publicly invite @Barrett Brown to come on my radio show X Speaks: The World Through Sunglasses."

Barrett says I PUBLICLY INVITE
COMMANDER X
TO NEVER NAME ANYTHING AGAIN.
I WILL ACTUALLY HELP HIM.
TELL HIM THAT EVERY TIME HE
WANTS TO NAME SOMETHING,
WHETHER IT BE THE
PEOPLE'S LIBERATION
FOR ANOTHER,
LIKE, FAKE MILITIA,
A RADIO SHOW,
A BOOK...
I WILL COME TO HIS AID,
AND THEN HE CAN THANK ME.
AND I'LL BE LIKE, "THANK YOU."
AND THEN I'LL BE LIKE,
"GOTCHA! I THANK PEOPLE."

He smiles and pounds his chest.

He says AND THEN I'LL WIN THE WAR WE'RE
FIGHTING APPARENTLY.

The caption changes to "Barrett Brown, journalist and satirist, author of Flock of Dodos: Behind modern creationism. Intelligent design and the Easter Bunny. Hot, fat and clouded: the amusing failures of America's chattering class and My glorious defeats: Hacktivist, narcissist, anonymous: a memoir. Contributor to The Guardian, The Intercept and Counterpunch founder of Project PM."

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