Jeremy Hammond, Whistleblower and Electronic Robin Hood. Jeremy Hammond faces a life term for hacking Stratfor Emails, and providing them to Wikileaks. U.S. Federal Judge Loretta Preska has refused to recuse herself from the closely watched trial of jailed computer hacker Jeremy Hammond, an alleged member of the group “Anonymous” charged with hacking into the computers of the private intelligence firm Stratfor and turning over some five million emails to the whistleblowing website WikiLeaks.
Michael Ratner is President Emeritus of the Center for Constitutional Rights (CCR) in New York and Chair of the European Center for Constitutional and Human Rights in Berlin.
Michael Ratner: He’s known as the Electronic Robin Hood. He’s a 28-year-old man. He’s currently in federal prison here in New York. His name is Jeremy Hammond. In my view, Jeremy Hammond is a very important whistleblower and he should be a hero to many. Jeremy Hammond is the equivalent of an electronic Robin Hood if he did what the Government alleges. So he is really part of the attack that you’re seeing right now on what are called hacktivists. These are really political people, whom are obtaining Government and private documents and exposing the corruption, the venality, and the criminality of not just private companies but Governments as well.
The Center for Constitutional Rights and myself are the lawyers in the United States for Julian Assange and WikiLeaks. WikiLeaks has two very big sources of documents. One of them are the documents allegedly that Bradley Manning uploaded, which include of course the Iraq war logs, Afghan war logs, the videos, etc., and that’s Bradley Manning, allegedly. The others are the Stratfor documents, which is the private intelligence company, which are some five million documents, that again were uploaded to WikiLeaks. So, if we talk about our client, Julian Assange, two of the alleged sources are Jeremy Hammond, Anonymous and Bradley Manning. So we’re very concerned. WikiLeaks, I know, is very concerned that its sources get protected in all the support they can get.
So, as part of that, I have been monitoring and going to various hearings with Jeremy Hammond, and I went into the prison and I met Jeremy Hammond. And I was at his recent bail hearing in federal court, where even though he’s been in prison some nine months and needs to prepare for his upcoming criminal case on his alleged hack into the Stratfor emails, the judge, Judge Loretta Preska, denied him bail. It was a one-and-a-half-hour hearing. There were a number of supporters in the courtroom who came from all over the country, with Jeremy Hammond — “Free Jeremy Hammond” shirts on. And it was, in my view, a very hostile hearing to Jeremy Hammond.
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