"It's a politically motivated prosecution... persecution really," says Kevin Gallagher, director of the Free Barrett Brown legal defense fund. "They're very willing and able to prosecute journalists and activists and people who are critical of the state or corporations. And that's really what Barrett was looking into, was this collusion between the government the the private intelligence industry."

To delve deeper into this case and learn what it means for online and press freedom in America, watch Reason TV's interview with Kevin Gallagher above, conducted just a day before the gag order on his case was lifted. For the full story and associated links, click the link below.

Approximately 9 minutes. Produced by Zach Weissmueller. Camera by Jim Epstein.