Barrett Brown was arrested in a dramatic takedown last night live and on-camera, in the middle of a TinyChat with a dozen others.
Anonymous hacker, commentator, journalist, and fameball Barrett Brown was arrested in a dramatic takedown last night live and on-camera, in the middle of a TinyChat with a dozen others.
The shirtless and relaxed Brown is sitting in the dark with his
girlfriend, teasing an attractive chat member about being a GIF instead
of a real person, when he evidently hears something and goes off camera.
His girlfriend evidently shut off the webcam, but the audio continued
to run, capturing what sounds like a very agitated Brown having a
shout-off with officers who react with predictable physicality.
“dating @barrettbrownlol is the BIGGEST JIHAD EVER,” tweeted his girlfriend.
A few hours earlier, Brown had posted a YouTube video threatening to knife any FBI agent who bothered him or his mother. “Yup Barret wins the interwebs hands down with that vid. #epic #shuterdownthiscantbetopped,” tweeted an equal parts admiring and derisive observer, before going on to suggest someone turn it into a mashup with kittens.
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.
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. Not long after that, someone else posted a cleaned-up version of the audio, the better to transcribe it. Then, the transcript was uploaded to Pastebin, making this one of the most thoroughly covered arrests in multimedia. Expect a GIF any minute now.