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Hacking crew AntiSec claims it has published the credit-card details of 13 US government officials in retaliation for the arrest of self-described Anonymous spokesman Barrett Brown.

Brown was cuffed at his Dallas home on Wednesday hours after he published a rant against a named FBI agent. The arrest was recorded for posterity and uploaded to YouTube thanks to Brown's friends, who were talking to him via a live video chat website when cops burst into the 31-year-old's room.

Brown is being held in custody and is accused of making threats to a federal agent, according to Brown's lawyer. The allegations relate to a 13-minute YouTube video in which Brown admits he is in the process of weaning himself off opiates and speaks of his paranoia after being targeted by the Mexican crime syndicate Los Zetas. In the vid, he also talks about his intention to mess up the life of an FBI agent and his family.

In response to Brown's arrest, hacktivists revealed online 13 credit cards records along with names, addresses and a mix of .gov and navy.mil email addresses. The AntiSec crew's claim that all the records are of FBI agents is dubious due to the fact that the email addresses aren't @fbi.gov addresses - and that's before other factors are taken into account.

A notice attached to the leaked information states: "This data could be potentially and underteminatedly [sic] false as FBI could potentially claim, they also would be a potentially different set than those we released from Stratfor and they could just potentially bring an underterminate [sic] amount of lulz. but what the hell, you are free to try them if u want. spend a lot!!!! send flowers to Barrett!!!" ®

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