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Stratfor hacker Hammond held in contempt for refusing to answer grand jury questions

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Just
months before he was to be released from federal prison where he is serving
time for hacking intelligence firm Statfor and releasing information to
WikiLeaks , activist and hacker Jeremy
Hammond
, was found to be in contempt of court for failing to answer
questions before a grand jury in the Eastern District of Virginia (EDVA).

Hammond pleaded guilty in May 2013 to exposing
millions of emails in the infamous December 2011 hack of Austin, Texas-based
Stratfor, which also included the theft of 60,000 credit card numbers from
clients that the hackers purportedly used to make $700,000 worth of donations
to charities.

I knew then that
my actions could land me behind bars, yet I fought on anyway; after a dozen
arrests and even a prior federal prison sentence for hacking, I chose once
again to use my computer skills to attack the systems of the rich and powerful
as part of the Anonymous federal case I am doing time for today,” Hammond said
in a statement expressing outrage at the contempt charges so close to his
scheduled release from prison. “When I
pled guilty, I took responsibility for my actions and my actions alone. I never
agreed to be debriefed or testify in any way, unlike the government’s informant
Hector Monsegur, aka Sabu,” who
only received a year of probation.

“In my case, the
government, through its informant, Sabu, instigated numerous hacks, asking me
to break into governments and companies all over the world,” Hammond said. “Nearly
a decade later, this misconduct remains ignored. The NSA continues to surveil
everyone and launch cyberattacks” while “Chelsea
Manning
and I are doing hard time in this dump for the “crime” of refusing
to allow our spirits to break, after ‘serving’ our sentences for exposing
government and corporate corruption.”

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