Anonymous’ spokesman Barrett Brown raided by FBI during Tinychat session (VIDEO)
The self-proclaimed “face” of the hacktivst group ‘Anonymous,’ Barrett Brown, was arrested in Dallas overnight, according to Dallas Sheriff spokeswoman, Carmen Castro. He was later transported to an “undisclosed FBI facility,” she added.
The reason behind his arrest wasn’t publicly known until the California-based criminal defence and civil litigation law firm, Leiderman Devine, who is representing Mr. Brown, tweeted that he had been arrested for threatening a federal agent on their Twitter page:
Yes. Federal Court. Arraignment now or very soon. Threatening a federal agent. More later.— Leiderman Devine (@leidermandevine) September 13, 2012
Wired.com posted a video on one of their side-blogs, Threat Level, which shows Brown saying: “So that’s why Robert Smith’s life is over … when I say his life is over, I’m not saying I’m going to kill him, but I am going to ruin his life and look into his fucking kids. Because Aaron Barr did the same thing and he didn’t get raided for it. How do you like them apples?” beginning around the 9:40 mark.
Leiderman Devine later tweeted that Brown will be held in federal detention, pending trial in Dallas, following hisarraignment:
@BarrettBrownLOL will be held in federal detention in Dallas pending trial on threatening a federal agent charge.— Leiderman Devine (@leidermandevine) September 13, 2012
The FBI declined to comment on the case, saying that “an official press release would be coming at some point this evening”.
Brown and a woman, who has been identified as his girlfriend, were participating in an online Tinychat session when loud voices could be heard in the background of Brown’s residence.
“She quickly close[d] the computer screen, but the audio continued to capture events in the room as the FBI appeared to be strong-arming Brown to put handcuffs on him,” Wired.com said.
Brown could be heard yelling in the background, which has been documented in a transcript that was posted online a few hours ago.
Since the news of Brown’s arrest broke, @AnonymousIRC, one of the hacktivist collective’s Twitter accounts, has kicked into gear, tweeting that “#Antisec retaliates on Barrett Brown arrestation,” later posting a link to a Pastebin page that contained names, addresses, emails, phone numbers and credit card information:
“We have these 13 credit cards details as teaser, and aprox. right now (should be we think…) we would be dropping an undeterminate amount of credit cards potentially belonging to govt officials (just and only just, underterminately probable) potentially all around of undeterminate number of carding forums, black markets and other underground places. since we potentially believe only pros can do this well in the right way.”
“Spend a lot,” Anonymous wrote, “Send flowers to Barrett!!!”
The FBI also refused to comment on the tweets, according to Wired.com.