Anonymous 'Spokesman' Barrett Brown Arrested

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The home of self-appointed Anonymous spokesman Barrett Brown was raided by the FBI last night while Brown was participating in an online chat.

"Two minutes into the recorded chat session, loud voices can be heard in the background of Brown’s residence while [a] woman in the room with him is in front of the computer screen," writes Wired's Kim Zetter. "She quickly closes 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. Brown can be heard yelling in the background. A spokeswoman in the Dallas County sherriff’s office confirmed to Wired that Brown was raided last night and was booked into the county jail around 11 p.m."

"Earlier Wednesday, Brown had posted a series of videos to YouTube railing against FBI agent Robert Smith," writes The Atlantic Wire's Adam Martin. "'Robert Smith's life is over. And when I say his life is over I don't mean I'm going to kill him, but I'm going to ruin his life and look into his fucking kids,' Brown says at about 10:45 in the third and final installment ... At the very end of the video, he says he's always thought he'd be dead before the age of 40, 'and I wouldn't mind going out with a couple of FBI sidearms.'"

"Other members of the community have rushed to conclude that this is all a setup and that Brown has been working with the FBI for quite some time now," notes Softpedia's Eduard Kovacs.

"Anonymous, who both loves Brown’s ability to get them good press and loathes his self-appointed position as unofficial spokesman of Anonymous, quickly went to work," writes Daily Dot's Lorraine Murphy. "Naturally someone had been recording the whole thing (it’s not clear exactly who at this point) and the video was quickly distributed via Mediafire. 'He’d want it this way,' said the uploader."

"In retaliation for Brown's arrest, hackers have released credit card information belonging to 13 US government employees along with phone numbers and addresses," writes GlobalPost's Jeb Boone. "The government employees targeted are associated with email addresses from the Department of Justice, Federal Bureau of Prisons, US Navy, US Air Force and US Army."