anonymous hacker jeremy hammond sentenced to 10 years for stratfor leak [updated]

From the Guardian:

“Jeremy Hammond, the Anonymous hacktivist who released millions of emails relating to the private intelligence firm Stratfor, has denounced his prosecution and lengthy prison sentence as a “vengeful, spiteful act” designed to put a chill on politically-motivated hacking.

Hammond was sentenced on Friday at federal court in Manhattan to the maximum 10 years in jail, plus three years supervised release. He had pleaded guilty to one count under the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act (CFAA) flowing from his 2011 hack of Strategic Forecasting, Inc, known as Stratfor. In an interview with the Guardian in the Metropolitan Correction Center in New York, conducted on Thursday, he said he was resigned to a long prison term which he sees as a conscious attempt by the US authorities to put a chill on political hacking.

He had no doubt that his sentence would be long, describing it as a “vengeful, spiteful act”. He said of his prosecutors: “They have made it clear they are trying to send a message to others who come after me. A lot of it is because they got slapped around, they were embarrassed by Anonymous and they feel that they need to save face.”

Most pointedly, Hammond suggested that the FBI may have manipulated him to carry out hacking attacks on “dozens” of foreign government websites. During his time with Anonymous, the loose collective of hackers working alongside WikiLeaks and other anti-secrecy groups, he was often directed by a individual known pseudonomously on the web as “Sabu”, the leader of the Anonymous-affiliated group Lulzsec, who turned out to be an FBI informant.”

Read more here.

I apologize for the slap-dash nature of this post, but I figured you’d want to know about this travesty of injustice.  Kevin will likely cover it soon.  Here’s background via the ACLU’s Michael Ratner from the Real News Network about Hammond’s and Chelsea Manning’s cases.

14 responses to “anonymous hacker jeremy hammond sentenced to 10 years for stratfor leak [updated]

  1. It must be already increasingly evident that not only do we have in this country the highest ratio by more than twice over of our citizens in prison compared to any other country, but also that they and their supporters vastly outnumber the criminals on Wall Street and in government that are never prosecuted at all, let alone given more lenient sentences.

    In the Philippines, be it also noted, a ‘natural’ disaster that was manmade caused prisons to empty into a devastated city. Such is not unimaginable, given the recalcitrance of the ptb in some city on the shores of this country. When it happens, perhaps the outcome will be that the true patriots therein set to work immediately on the monumental task to restore sanity and health to our judicial system, rather than run amok.

    Certainly the young men our heroic fbi seems bound and determined to entrap are, unlike banksters and politicians these days, examples of the best and brightest and most courageous among us.

  2. i’d thought our prison population was even more egregiously imbalanced that that, even, juliania. but whatever it is, it’s disgusting, and yes, so many inside are the poor, minorities, and dissidents.

    kit reminded us that jeremy helped to expose the law enforcement infiltrators at occupy austin, too. i remember the photos he brought. sad day, and the rage burns in me again.

    the guardian has up: ‘
    Jeremy Hammond: FBI directed my attacks on foreign government sites:
    Anonymous hacktivist told court FBI informant and fellow hacker Sabu supplied him with list of countries vulnerable to cyber-attack’

    jayzus. bless your heart, young man!

  3. Forgot US whistleblowers’ “prime directive” of firewall prophylaxis: should stood truly anonymous.

  4. that must be a tall order online, especially in this case. from the guardian:

    “In his own case, he said that as a result of the Stratfor hack, “some of the dangers of the unregulated private intelligence industry are now known. It has been revealed through Wikileaks and other journalists around the world that Stratfor maintained a worldwide network of informants that they used to engage in intrusive and possibly illegal surveillance activities on behalf of large multinational corporations.”

    this was the trnn video that i was looking to augment when i began watching the wikileaks tweets and found the countdown to the release of the IP chapter of the TPP. one guy with an in-your-face-screen name i’ve since forgotten said, ‘all right, release it already, ya grand-standing asshole drama queens!’

    these folks are indeed Tech Warriors in aid of true journalism and democracy.

  5. In our post-Raygun halfascist state, actual anonymity wurkt fer me.

  6. NO, “disgruntled employee” ;-) (aka conscientious public servant), with a distant, untraceable mailing.

  7. oh, hush…

    (searching the new stratfor files…but casually).

  8. RightO!


  9. meant as in ‘mail’, of course. and yes, i remember it well….herman’s crooked teeth and all… ;) g’night.

  10. This is where the ‘I’ve done nothing wrong so I don’t care about the spying on every keystroke’ really starts to curdle. For those that enjoy reading, I can’t recommend Solzhenitsyn’s ‘The First Circle’ too many times. It’s a ripping tale that makes more and more sense the more often I read it. Can’t wait to have forgotten all the segues so I can take it up again.

    What fortifies me in the reading is that this was an historical moment in time, when all seemed completely black and horrible things were happening to everyone who still had an iota of humanity in their daily doings – and it was borne witness to, that oppressive time, and it passed with the passing of the monster who created the system.

    We now have monsters in power over us. They are human. They will die, as happens to all mortals. Their evil dies with them, (for it never truly was alive); has to be laboriously hidden and reworked before it can appear again. It is dying now. And meanwhile we shall move on, not with that cruddy and duplicitous so-named organization but separately with our own immortal sparks of humanity, such as this human angel (isn’t that an angelic face?) exemplifies.

    I know icons; I paint them. People like Jeremy Hammond are human icons. We are so fortunate to live in an age when such icons appear among us.

  11. aaron swartz, as well, i think. i just spent 15 minutes trying to locate the post i did about his case so i could remind you of his face, but i can’t find it. odd.

    but in noting what you say about evil dying with the monsters who wrought it, i was also mindful of the quote, ‘some things can’t be consigned to the dustbin of history’. and to me, that might mean that evil deeds can spawn more of them, whether by associated revenge, broken, traumatized lives as breeding grounds for violence, etc. i admit that those involved in the ‘truth and reconciliation’ hearings in south africa simply blew me away with their abilities to solicit apology, ask for it, or give forgiveness. i do wonder how long it lasted, of course, but even in the present it was all a stunning display of both the best and worst of humanity.

    the other category of course is was, as in this song that mafr brought us. in any case, your sense is worth considering, and especilly as it’s ballasted by the Solzhenitsyn tales. :)

  12. put this here cause I know you are interested in this person, and this is soon to be unavailable, so they say

  13. whoa. ames and levine host (or used to) ‘exiled online’. they were partners with matt taibbi in russia. publishing a paper of the same name, iirc, before they were advised that they were to be soon deported and the paper shit down. they came back to the US, at least as far as i know. now, to my mind, they are right that we should be skeptical, ergo my post. plenty of pushback against the notion, but the puff pieces i quoted were pretty darned ‘puffed’.

    i’m only a third of the way through the piece so far, but what they say that omidyar envisioned eventually for the hordes of micro-financed businesses doesn’t ring untrue, as mirrored by my bafflement at pay walls, wanting to newsCo to be a for-profit endeavor, etc. as in: a capitalist venture, how far will that model reach? but never mind more on that for now…

    once my post was off the boards, i got an email from a long-time blogging friend in geneva who said he’d read it, and is friends (and in limited ways working with) pierre’s cousin, who says that ‘his heart is in the right place’, so… then he reminded me that pierre was an overnight tech billionaire, thus not enslaved by generations of money seekers…or something. i did write back a few of my abiding concerns, but i haven’t heard back (not that that’s of any probative value, lol).

    but when i was looking into wikileaks tweets for more on the j. hammond story, i saw a bit of a flame war break out, started by alexa o’brien’s contentions that not only did pierre still own paypal, but that he damned well needed to take wikiLeaks off the embargoed list. glenn was in on it, yada, yada. but one wikileaker said ‘ah, give em a break, we’re all afraid’ or something like that, but then one later gave the link i had to the ‘freedom of the press foundation’ way to donate to them.

    so again, it made me wonder whassup. oh, and alexa’s larger point was that keeping funds from them would decrease their competition. so, in the end, i dunno, and we’ll see what comes next, and if we ever know any of the down sides to it. and ames and levine are just right: micro-finance can be a warm and fuzzy fix to poverty if done well. but this piece further ballasted my questions, and when i gave it to kgb over yonder on this thread, he mentioned the same kind of technocratic bamboozling has been supported in books by cass sunstein. this one concerns eric schmidt, an eye-popper for me, naif that i am.

    thanks, though, mafr; i appreciate it, and hope their reporting is correct, and not a hit job. might even be a bit of both, eh? (the mods knocked my post off the rec’d list again a bit ago; shucks) :)

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