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Ex-Anonymous spokesman pleads guilty to charges

DALLAS (AP) — A writer and activist linked to the hacking collective Anonymous pleaded guilty to federal charges on Tuesday alleging that he shared stolen data and posted an online threat saying he would try to harm a federal agent who was investigating him.

Barrett Lancaster Brown, 32, pleaded guilty in Dallas federal court to obstructing the execution of a search warrant, making Internet threats and being an accessory to an unauthorized access of a protected computer.

Brown was arrested two years ago after posting YouTube videos and tweets threatening an FBI agent who was investigating him.

Some of his tweets hinted at violence, including one before his arrest in which he said he would regard “any further armed raids as potential Zeta assassination attempts and respond accordingly,” referencing the Mexican drug cartel.

According to signed plea agreement documents filed earlier this month, Brown acknowledged he sent online messages “threatening to shoot and injure agents of the Federal Bureau of Investigation.”