Anonymous Spokesman Barrett Brown Was Arrested in Dallas Last Night

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Credit: Wired

You know Barrett Brown as one of the few public faces of Anonymous, the hacktivist collective. He spends much of his time in Dallas. He was arrested last night during an FBI raid that happened to occur while he was in an online chat.

Wired gives the play-by-play:

Two minutes into the recorded chat session, loud voices could be heard in the background of Brown's residence in Texas while the woman in the room with him was in front of the computer screen. She quickly closed the computer screen, but the audio continued to capture events in the room as the FBI appeared to strong-arm Brown to put handcuffs on him. Brown could be heard yelling in the background.

According to the article, Brown had posted a rambling YouTube clip in which he spoke about retaliating against FBI Agent Robert Smith after learning his mother might be hit with an obstruction of justice charge. But the FBI probably has any number of reasons for wanting to take down Barrett.

Barrett was taken to the Dallas County Jail. Sheriff's Department spokeswoman Carmen Castro said he was released to the FBI sometime this morning.

Update: Anonymous wasted no time retaliating for Brown's arrest. posting the names, home addresses, and phone numbers for 13 federal employees, according to Talking Points Memo.. An even more devious plot was reported by the Morning News: sending a bunch of cheese pizzas to the FBI headquarters in Dallas.



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roycew59
roycew59

Only an exceptional world class dumbass would post a self incriminating online rant threatening an FBI Agent, and the Federal prosecutor always finds it quite handy when the perpetrator provides video proudly displaying their mug as they commit the crime.  Barrett Brown is a delusional puss who acted out the role of a tough guy in cyberspace, but when the real live Feds showed up to arrest his dumbass, he squealed like a little girl.  It will be interesting to see how the young and fresh Barrett gets along in the Federal penitentiary where he probably needs to be a bit more convincing with the tough guy role.  The only thing his poor mother should be held accountable for is raising a child who turned out be such an exceptional world class dumbass.   

rufuslevin
rufuslevin

ah, the internet....God's gift to the idle, mentally challenged youth

Mike
Mike

Would that be the same Agent Smith from The Matrix movies?

Mooli
Mooli

What do I have to do to get them to send a single cheese pizza to my house?

rubbercow
rubbercow

That is what these folks do with their time? Also, I don't know much about the group but what is their obsession with "fags"?

Double-O-Joe
Double-O-Joe

 @rubbercow If you've never been to 4Chan, there's no point trying to explain.  You really don't want to know. 

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