Tuesday, October 8, 2013

Hacktivist who exposed Stratfor's spying on activists, may get 10 yrs in prison, while Stratfor still spying & free




..but what they don't say, anywhere on their large website, is that they spy on and gather information on activists to be given to governments and corporate clients.

Stratfor spied on activists - On Occupy; on Anonymous; on Wikileaks. They spy on anyone for a buck.

At Christmas, 2011, Jeremy Hammond,  a young political activist, web developer and musician from Chicago, along with a number of other activists (in the UK and Ireland) broke through the security of Stratfor's computer systems, retrieving evidence of that spying - emails and client credit card information - then left a message for the CIA wanna-bes...something that made George Friedman hopping mad (for a "security" and "intelligence" firm, not great PR)

By February 27, 2012, those emails began to be released on Wikileaks via their "The Global Intelligence Files" page

Emails about Occupy, Anonymous, Wikileaks and the information collection and discussions with Banks (CitiBank for one), with governments around the world and with other clients.......

What Jeremy and friends did was exactly what whistleblowers have done for decades, but Jeremy was arrested and put in jail, denied bail, had his commissary privileges taken away, his phone privileges suspended for 6 months and has been repeatedly held in solidarity confinement - now held for a year

His compadres of Operation Antisec were arrested in other countries - those convicted outside of the US, got 16 months or less.

Jeremy, after being threatened with a lifetime of legal problems, charges all over the country and a potential of decades in prison, pleaded guilty to one count under the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act .  After his plea, he made the following statement:

Today I pleaded guilty to one count of violating the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act. This was a very difficult decision. I hope this statement will explain my reasoning. I believe in the power of the truth. In keeping with that, I do not want to hide what I did or to shy away from my actions. This non-cooperating plea agreement frees me to tell the world what I did and why, without exposing any tactics or information to the government and without jeopardizing the lives and well-being of other activists on and offline.
 During the past 15 months I have been relatively quiet about the specifics of my case as I worked with my lawyers to review the discovery and figure out the best legal strategy. There were numerous problems with the government’s case, including the credibility of FBI informant Hector Monsegur. However, because prosecutors stacked the charges with inflated damages figures, I was looking at a sentencing guideline range of over 30 years if I lost at trial. I have wonderful lawyers and an amazing community of people on the outside who support me. None of that changes the fact that I was likely to lose at trial. But, even if I was found not guilty at trial, the government claimed that there were eight other outstanding indictments against me from jurisdictions scattered throughout the country. If I had won this trial I would likely have been shipped across the country to face new but similar charges in a different district. The process might have repeated indefinitely. Ultimately I decided that the most practical route was to accept this plea with a maximum of a ten year sentence and immunity from prosecution in every federal court.
 Now that I have pleaded guilty it is a relief to be able to say that I did work with Anonymous to hack Stratfor, among other websites. Those others included military and police equipment suppliers, private intelligence and information security firms, and law enforcement agencies. I did this because I believe people have a right to know what governments and corporations are doing behind closed doors. I did what I believe is right.
 I have already spent 15 months in prison. For several weeks of that time I have been held in solitary confinement. I have been denied visits and phone calls with my family and friends. This plea agreement spares me, my family, and my community a repeat of this grinding process.
 I would like to thank all of my friends and supporters for their amazing and ongoing gestures of solidarity. Today I am glad to shoulder the responsibility for my actions and to move one step closer to daylight.
 Jeremy Hammond

For more on the story of one more hero for the cause of freedom, transparency and accountability.

You can help Jeremy, too...Here is how:

1. There is an on-going letter campaign that will end at the court's cut-off date of October 15. 2013.  The letters are to be written to the judge who will be adjudicating at Jeremy's sentencing hearing, November 125, 2013, in New York City.  Anyone who can stand with Jeremy Hammond and support that for which he stands, please write a letter...For specifics, go to:

http://jayleiderman.blogspot.co.uk/2013/10/letters-desperately-needed-for-jeremy.html

2.  Stand with Jeremy, November 15, 2013:


-Date & Time-
November 15, 2013 at 10:00 AM

-Address-
United States Courthouse, Southern District of New York
500 Pearl Street
New York, NY 10007

Please Note: There will be a small rally before the sentencing. Please join us in Foley Square (directly across the street from the courthouse) at 9:00 AM. After the rally, we will all walk over to the courthouse together.

-RSVP-

We are Anonymous. 
We are legion. 
We never forgive. 
We never forget.  
Expect us.

#FreeJeremy
#FreeHammond
#FreeAnons

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