Brown's hyperlink was posted in his Internet relay chat channel in 2011 and led Web users to information stemming from an Anonymous hack of Strategic Forecasting, which resulted in the leak of thousands of credit card numbers and hundreds of thousands of e-mails from Stratfor's customers. The same hyperlink had already appeared in a separate chat room.
Brown was arrested nearly a year later in 2012. Civil liberty and First Amendment groups protested. "The right of journalists—or anyone for that matter—to link to already-public information, including sensitive information, is in serious jeopardy if Brown is convicted," wrote Electronic Frontier Foundation staff attorney Hanni Fakhoury in a blog post about the case last year.
Despite the motion by the government Wednesday, Brown still faces one charge of possessing stolen credit card numbers from the original indictment as well as charges for allegedly concealing evidence from the FBI and making threats against an FBI agent. Hours before he was arrested, Brown posted a YouTube video entitled: "Why I'm Going to Destroy FBI Agent Robert Smith Part Three: Revenge of the Lithe."
That means Brown still faces the possibility of significant jail time. The Guardian reports the maximum sentences on the remaining charges amount to 70 years.