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Texas man linked to Anonymous hackers arrested

Associated Press Modified: September 13, 2012 at 5:19 pm •  Published: September 13, 2012

DALLAS (AP) — A Texas man linked to the worldwide hacking group Anonymous has been detained by the FBI over accusations that he threatened a federal agent, his attorney said Thursday.

Barrett Brown, 31, of Dallas was arrested Wednesday night and booked into the Dallas County jail, according to jail records. Brown was then transferred into FBI custody, Dallas County sheriff's spokeswoman Carmen Castro said.

Brown's attorney, Jay Leiderman, told The Associated Press that he expected Brown to be charged with making threats to a federal agent. Leiderman said the accusations are connected to YouTube videos Brown posted in recent days.

The most recent video posted to Brown's account is entitled in part, "Why I'm Going to Destroy FBI Agent Robert Smith." In it, Brown rails against federal authorities for what he describes as an unfair investigation of him and his mother, who he said was not involved in any of Anonymous' activities.

He said in the video that someone had told his attorney that his mother could face obstruction of justice charges.

"She's a rule follower is what's absurd about this," he said in the video.

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