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We Do Not Forgive, We Do Not Forget.

Have We Forgotten Them?

Since 2011, Freeanons has seen the arrest and unrealistic persecution of so many anons fighting for what they believe in.  When realizing the names of so many strong minded people being persecuted for their beliefs, it it literally overwhelming to us.  This list barely scratches the surface of worldwide arrests but we would like to give you even a small glimpse of the cases we have worked with over the 4  last years.  Your help is desperately needed to assist us in ensuring that these freedom fighters are never forgotten, ignored and that their causes remain our causes.  Take a small glimpse into our world or have you forgotten them?

Aken:  Green Rights activist and loved throughout the Anonymous community arrested in May, 2015,  is presently on house arrest with no access to friends or family outside of the home.  He faces decades in prison in his home country of Italy.

Otherwise:  A much loved activist residing and arrested in Italy in May, 2015 also threatened with decades in prison and spending time in isolation on house arrest.  These two men are deeply loved by many and have the full support of their comrades at Anonymous Italy.

3 French Anonymous related arrests:  Ercun, Seamymsg and Boby all accused of suspected attacks on institutional websites including the Ministry of Defense and all are facing up to ten years in prison in addition to 150,000 euros in fines.  We have yet to receive a final outcome on all 3 cases.

Adam Bennett aka Lorax:  Arrested on May 17, 2014 in Australia and currently awaiting trial while being restricted from the internet.  Lorax was a host of Radio Anonops always speaking truth to power.

Mathew Hutchison aka Rax:  Arrested in May, 2014 for the making of a YouTube video.  He is required to serve community service and be under the watchful eye of the Australian Government until such time he is released from oversight.

Justin Michael Soyke aka Absantos:  Also arrested in Australia and currently serving a 3 year prison sentence with release following 12 months and the completion of his sentence on supervised release status.

Stanley Cohen Attorney/Activist standing up for the rights of all:  Ultimately jailed for one year for interference with the IRS (we still have no idea what that implies) sentenced to one year in prison to be released on December 15, 2015.  Welcome Home Stanley!!!

Fidel Salinas:  was arrested in October, 2013 and ultimately sentenced to 6 months in prison and $10,600.00 in fines after his arrest.  He was represented by Tor Ekeland who was able to reduce the 440 year sentenced Salinas was threatened with.  Salinas continues to stand by his report that the FBI arrested him after he refused to provide assistance to the FBI.  According to Tor Ekeland Fundamentally this represents the FBI trying to recruit by indictment,” Ekeland recently said. “The message was clear: If he had agreed to help them, they would have dropped the charges in a second.”

Lauri Love:  First arrested on October 28, 2013, is an outstanding activist and friend to many is currently facing extradition to the U.S. from England, a fate that could prove to be life in prison.  Lauri is charged with breaching multiple U.S. government computers.  He is in dire need of support worldwide to prevent extradition to the U.S.  Lauri is also a beneficiary of the Courage Foundation:  Lauri Love Courage Foundation

Jonathan Cowden:  Arrested and served 13 months and 2 days in prison in May, 2013 for hacking into Israeli websites in support of Palestine.  Since his release from prison, he has been placed in such severe restrictions that locating employment has become nearly impossible.  Due to a violation of probation (possession of a pocket knife and a tablet computer)  Jon was transported from a loving home with his very supportive girflfriend in California to Missouri where he is currently being housed.  The sad fact of this case is that Jon served his initial sentence out of the watchful eyes of Anonymous and without the moral support needed to carry him through.  We cannot allow this same error to occur while he remains incarcerated at the time of this writing.  You can find his address on our letter writing event post.

John Anthony Borell aka @ItsKahuna:  Also a member of the CabinCr3w and arrested on hacking charges while facing ten years in prison.  He signed a plea agreement on April 15, 2013 resulting in 36 months in prison and $230,000.00 in restitution.  He has been released from prison but will be burdened with unrealistic restitution for the rest of his life.

Higinio Ochoa aka W0rmer:  Member of the CabinCr3w accused hacker and supporter of the Occupy Movement, W0rmer was arrested on March 20, 2012 and charged with hacking various government websites.  He accepted a non-cooperating plea deal and was released on August 14, 2014 and was returned to the loving arms of his wife and infant son.  He continues to be required to pay nearly $14,000.00 in restitution.  He was banned from internet access for nearly one year following his release from prison, making caring for his family nearly impossible. Hig remains a great speaker and presently has a blog talk radio show with access to the internet reinstated.

Matt Dehart:  A search warrant was issued on the home of Matt Dehart on January 2, 2012 and was executed on January 25.  After applying for a student Visa to travel to Canada, Matt was arrested and detained at the Canadian border and taken into custody by the FBI.  Matt’s home was searched for suspected child porn but in reality, charges of espionage were being investigated against him. During his time of incarceration, Matt reports being drugged and abused.   He filed for asylum in 2013 to enter Canada.  Ultimately he was deported from Canada and back to the U.S. where he was promptly arrested and has been jailed since this date of March 1, 2015.  On November 13th 2015 he pled guilty to having explicit photos of under aged teenagers and for fleeing from his trial in a Tennessee court, accepting a seven and a half year sentence in the process and avoiding a possible 70 year sentence. The Courage Foundation claims DeHart was “cornered” into making the deal and that the government agreed to the plea to “prevent a drawn-out trial in which Matt’s political activity, the files he unearthed and the treatment he endured could come to light”.  Matt’s fate remains completely unknown at the time of this writing.

Matt DeHart Courage Foundation

Barrett Brown, Journalist and founder of Project PM:  Arrested on September 12, 2012 and sentenced to 63 months in prison for sharing a link and ordered to pay more than $900,000 in restitution to Stratfor, the spy firm exposed by Hammond.  Scheduled for release on May 25, 2017.

Barrett Brown Courage Foundation

Lulzcart:  A Romanian hacktivist  arrested and charged with 11 other defendants  with hacking multiple  government websites in 2012.  He was jailed for two months as he awaited trial and reported literally horrific conditions in prison.  He was ultimately given 3 years  suspended sentence and 6 years probation.

Reynaldo Rivera aka Neuron:  Affiliated with LulzSec  was arrested on August 29, 2012 and charged with the hack of Sony.  His plea deal included 366 days in prison, 13 months house arrest, 1,000 hours of community service restitution in the amount of $605,666.00.  Court documents state Hector Monsegur aka Sabu was an informant in The case against Neuron and multiple other members of LulzSec.

Cody Krestinger aka Recursion:  Affiliated with LulzSec was arrested  on September 22, 2011 and charged and  with the hack of Sony received 366 days in prison, 13 months house arrest, 1,000 hours of community service and restitution in the amount of $605,666.00.  It is stated in court documents that Hector Monsegur aka Sabu was also an informant in this case.

Christopher Weatherhead aka Nerdo:  Affiliated with Operation Payback, arrested and jailed in the UK and sentenced to 18 months in prison.

Ashley Rhodes aka Nikon Elite:  Affiliated with Operation Payback, arrested and jailed in the UK and sentenced to 7 months in prison.

Peter Gibson age 24:  Affiliated with Operation Payback and given a 24 month suspended sentence.

Jake Birchall aka Fennic: age 16 at the time of his arrest in the UK:  Affiliated with Operation Payback sentenced to community service due to his age.

Jeremy Hammond aka Anarchaos and member of Antisec:  Sentenced to ten years in prison for his role in the hack of Stratfor.  Eligible for Parole, as of the time of this writing, 2/22/2021.

Jeremy Hammond Courage Foundation

Ryan Ackroyd aka Kayla and member of Lulzsec:  Served a 30 month sentence in England

Mustafa Al-Bassam aka T Flow and member of Lulzsec:  Received a 20 months suspended sentence and required to serve 500 hours of unpaid community service.

Jake Davis aka Topiary and member of Lulzsec:  Sentenced to 24 months in a Youth Offenders Institute.  He ultimately served 38 days and underwent electronic monitoring for 21 months.

PayPal14:  A strong group of activists arrested for a DDos attack on Paypal.  All were charged in 2011 and underwent years of court proceedings and upheaval of their lives throughout their case.  Attorney Stanley Cohen represented one of the PayPal defendants but was a strong voice in support of the actions of this dedicated group who believed their actions should be viewed as a form of protest.  Ultimately they were given various sentences and ordered to pay tens of thousands of dollars in restitution to PayPal.

Payback13:  A group of activists who took part in Operation Payback and arrested in the U.S. and charged in connection with the targeting the websites of entities committed to protecting copyrighted material.  All pleaded not guilty but ultimately accepted varying plea deals.  Contrary to some speculation, since these individuals were not known to each other, the accusation of snitching is a false accusation and should be ignored.

Dennis Collins aka Owen:  Defendant in both the PayPal14 and Payback13 cases fought viciously not only for himself but in the best interest of his co-defendants.  He lost his battle with a chronic and incurable illness on July 16, 2015, giving his life for a cause he believed in.  RIP Dear Owen.  You are so dearly missed by many.

Eric Rosol:  Eric was arrested and charged in relation to #opWisconsin which resulted in a shutdown of Koch Industry Websites  on February 27 and 28, 2011 was sentenced to 2 years Federal Probation and $183,000.00 fine.  He was facing 5 years in prison and $250,000.00 in fines.

Aaron Swartz:  (November 8, 1986 – January 11, 2013) was an American computer programmer, entrepreneur, writer, political organizer and Internet hacktivist. He was involved in the development of the web feed format  RSS and the Markdown publishing format, the organization Creative Commons, the website framework and the social news site, Reddit, in which he became a partner after its merger with his company, Infogami. He was arrested on January 6, 2011 and  committed suicide while under federal indictment for data-theft, a prosecution that was characterized by his family as being “the product of a criminal-justice system rife with intimidation and prosecutorial overreach”.

Freeanons Holiday Writing Event

Freeanons Letter Writing Campaign to incarcerated Anons and Whistleblowers

Jeremy Hammond, Matt Dehart, Barrett Brown, Aken, Otherwise, Timothy Justin French, Adam Bennett, Absantos, Jon Cowden, Jeffrey Sterling and our 3 arrested anons in France:  These folks are either in prison, heading to prison or on house arrest which may appear better than prison but not by much when you are forced into isolation by the courts and not permitted any interaction with even a friend or someone outside of the home.

Prisoners feel especially isolated during the holiday season when families visit and cards are received.  We do not intend to allow that to happen to our Anons and we are in need of help from each of you to make this a better holiday season for our Anons.  We will not forget them and we will fight for them until all are free from persecution.  While we cannot send cards to the ones who are not in prison, we can send them love via twitter or other means.  We would ask each of you to think of our jailed Anons while you write your holiday cards and letters and grab a card or write an extra letter this year. If you put up a Christmas tree, perhaps you can add an ornament for them and tell them about it in a card or letter.   Below you will find the names and addresses to make this process an easy one.  In order to ensure that each card is received, a return address (any return address) should be placed on the envelope.  Please don’t let these brave men feel any more alone than they already do.  They have sacrificed their freedoms.  Won’t you please give them a little of your time? They are our responsibility until they are returned home to the ones that love them.  We wish everyone a safe and happy holiday season, no matter what holiday you celebrate.  PLEASE NOTE:  No glitter, nudes or perfume on your cards and letters or they will not be delivered. With love to all from Freeanons.

“We must always take sides. Neutrality helps the oppressor, never the victim. Silence encourages the tormentor, never the tormented.”

Matthew Paul Dehart #164682
Warren County Regional Jail
920 Kentucky Street
Bowling Green, KY  42101


Barrett Brown #45047-177
FCI Three Rivers
PO Box 4200
Three Rivers, TX  78071


Wish List Link:  Barrett Brown Book Wishlist

Jeremy Hammond #18729-424
FCI Manchester
PO Box 4000
Manchester, KY  40962


Wish List:  Jeremy Hammond Book Wishlist

Jason Hammond #M50190
Po Box 500
Vandalia, IL 62471

Wish List:  Jason Hammond Wish List

Timothy Justen French #47606-074
MCC Chicago
Metropolitan Correctional Center
71 West Van Buren Street
Chicago, IL  60605

Jeffrey Sterling #38338-044
FCI Englewood
9595 West Quincy Avenue
Littleton, CO 80123


To send messages for Aken and Otherwise, please reach out to us @Freeanons and we will make that happen for you.

Our 2012 1120 tax form was filed on September 15, 2013. We had an extension within which to file. The following are our sworn figures to the IRS. These figures are taken directly from our 2012 1120, and declared under penalty of perjury as true to the IRS, and if they are incorrect, could incur prosecution: 2012 Gross receipts or sales: $5868.13 This represents all income, from any source, including donations, cds, and income from MyAnonStore.

Compensation of officers or salaries and wages: 00.00. We have never paid any salaries, wages or compensation to any person. No person is compensated for their work with us.

Deductions and expenses: Our deductions and expenses include the following: Wepay fees. bank fees, money transfer fees, and hosting costs. We do not pay taxes on deductions. We keep all receipts to show exactly how much was spent on these fees.

Taxes filed with the IRS 1120 totaled $420.00 thus far in 2012. This figure may increase if we decide we need to pay more tax, or decrease if the IRS determines we have overpaid.

Total Donations made in 2012: $4960.00. We keep full records of every donation made. Each donation can be proved by cancelled check, money order or wire transfer made in the arrested person’s name, or that of their designated representative. While we are obligated to keep confidentiality, some of the Anons who have publicly acknowledged donations from us include: Jeremy Hammond, Barrett Brown, Higinio Ochoa, John Borell, Vincent Kershaw, Gabriel Baleasa, Josh Covelli, and the travel fund for PayPal14, which was maintained by their supporters. If more supporters mention us publicly, we will publish their names.

Our income figures for 2013 will be filed when due, and those figures published here as well.

As of January 2014, we will be restructuring Freeanons. We will publish more information on this in the coming days.

Our intentions have been examined and speculated for as long as we have existed. Ill will has been found in even the best of our intentions and exploited by those whom seek to distract others from our cause. This message is a response to a recent and unfortunate effort to discredit and disrupt our course. What those that orchestrate this campaign fail to realize is that, though they can deter a few from contributing, they can never silence or stop us from continuing our efforts.

We, a few, have bleed and cried to continue this cause and we will not be deterred. We will not be deterred by the prosecution and incarceration of our brothers and sisters. We will not be deterred by the psych ops of the governing fractions and their private contractors. We, least of all, will not be deterred by trolls.

To Nancy Norelli, never once did you have to burden this cause but you took it upon yourself and we will never have the words to thank you for it. To Sue Crabtree, your greatest contribution is that which is most often used to hurt you. They mockingly call you the mother of Anonymous. Sue, Anonymous has known no greater source of comfort than you. You have encouraged us when no one else would. You have taken us in when we had no place else to go. No matter what more you believe that you could have done or what else is left to do, you’ve done good.

They want us to define ourselves? Let me define FreeAnons. We are the Anonymous Solidarity Network and we’ve seen the arrest of dozens of our friends and family. We’ve fallen. We’ve lost sleep. We’ve searched aimlessly for hope. We’ve given up and tried all over again. We’re still here and we’ve been here for more than 2 years and if you want us to justify or define ourselves then you can suck my dick. Signed, with all due respect, The Jolly Anon; Wally Wetcircle. P.S. Please file all complaints with Anonops. I am sure that they will treat your concerns with respect.

Jeremy Hammond has been sentenced to 10 years in prison. The statement Jeremy read at the hearing today, November 15th 2013, is available below. We are filled with regret for the decision handed down by Judge Preska and offer our sincerest condolences to Jeremy’s family. We stand in solidarity with Jeremy’s friends, family and supporters but above all we stand in solidarity with Jeremy Hammond. We will never forgive. We will never forget.

Note: As indicated, below is Jeremy’s issued statement of November 15, 2013. However, it was redacted, by order of Judge Preska. Below it, there is another Hammond statement that outlines what was in the redacted material. A source indicates it is Jeremy’s words from a previously unpublished text. We have obtained it from @ioerror pastebin link.

Good morning. Thank you for this opportunity. My name is Jeremy Hammond and I’m here to be sentenced for hacking activities carried out during my involvement with Anonymous. I have been locked up at MCC for the past 20 months and have had a lot of time to think about how I would explain my actions.

Before I begin, I want to take a moment to recognize the work of the people who have supported me. I want to thank all the lawyers and others who worked on my case: Elizabeth Fink, Susan Kellman, Sarah Kunstler, Emily Kunstler, Margaret Kunstler, and Grainne O’Neill. I also want to thank the National Lawyers Guild, the Jeremy Hammond Defense Committee and Support Network, Free Anons, the Anonymous Solidarity Network, Anarchist Black Cross, and all others who have helped me by writing a letter of support, sending me letters, attending my court dates, and spreading the word about my case. I also want to shout out my brothers and sisters behind bars and those who are still out there fighting the power.

The acts of civil disobedience and direct action that I am being sentenced for today are in line with the principles of community and equality that have guided my life. I hacked into dozens of high profile corporations and government institutions, understanding very clearly that what I was doing was against the law, and that my actions could land me back in federal prison. But I felt that I had an obligation to use my skills to expose and confront injustice—and to bring the truth to light.

Could I have achieved the same goals through legal means? I have tried everything from voting petitions to peaceful protest and have found that those in power do not want the truth to be exposed. When we speak truth to power we are ignored at best and brutally suppressed at worst. We are confronting a power structure that does not respect its own system of checks and balances, never mind the rights of it’s own citizens or the international community.

My introduction to politics was when George W. Bush stole the Presidential election in 2000, then took advantage of the waves of racism and patriotism after 9/11 to launch unprovoked imperialist wars against Iraq and Afghanistan. I took to the streets in protest naively believing our voices would be heard in Washington and we could stop the war. Instead, we were labeled as traitors, beaten, and arrested.

I have been arrested for numerous acts of civil disobedience on the streets of Chicago, but it wasn’t until 2005 that I used my computer skills to break the law in political protest. I was arrested by the FBI for hacking into the computer systems of a right-wing, pro-war group called Protest Warrior, an organization that sold racist t-shirts on their website and harassed anti-war groups. I was charged under the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act, and the “intended loss” in my case was arbitrarily calculated by multiplying the 5000 credit cards in Protest Warrior’s database by $500, resulting in a total of $2.5 million.My sentencing guidelines were calculated on the basis of this “loss,” even though not a single credit card was used or distributed – by me or anyone else. I was sentenced to two years in prison.

While in prison I have seen for myself the ugly reality of how the criminal justice system destroys the lives of the millions of people held captive behind bars. The experience solidified my opposition to repressive forms of power and the importance of standing up for what you believe.

When I was released, I was eager to continue my involvement in struggles for social change. I didn’t want to go back to prison, so I focused on above-ground community organizing. But over time, I became frustrated with the limitations, of peaceful protest, seeing it as reformist and ineffective. The Obama administration continued the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, escalated the use of drones, and failed to close Guantanamo Bay.

Around this time, I was following the work of groups like Wikileaks and Anonymous. It was very inspiring to see the ideas of hactivism coming to fruition. I was particularly moved by the heroic actions of Chelsea Manning, who had exposed the atrocities committed by U.S. forces in Iraq and Afghanistan. She took an enormous personal risk to leak this information – believing that the public had a right to know and hoping that her disclosures would be a positive step to end these abuses. It is heart-wrenching to hear about her cruel treatment in military lockup.

I thought long and hard about choosing this path again. I had to ask myself, if Chelsea Manning fell into the abysmal nightmare of prison fighting for the truth, could I in good conscience do any less, if I was able? I thought the best way to demonstrate solidarity was to continue the work of exposing and confronting corruption.

I was drawn to Anonymous because I believe in autonomous, decentralized direct action. At the time Anonymous was involved in operations in support of the Arab Spring uprisings, against censorship, and in defense of Wikileaks. I had a lot to contribute, including technical skills, and how to better articulate ideas and goals. It was an exciting time – the birth of a digital dissent movement, where the definitions and capabilities of hacktivism were being shaped.

I was especially interested in the work of the hackers of LulzSec who were breaking into some significant targets and becoming increasingly political. Around this time, I first started talking to Sabu, who was very open about the hacks he supposedly committed, and was encouraging hackers to unite and attack major government and corporate systems under the banner of Anti Security. But very early in my involvement, the other Lulzsec hackers were arrested, leaving me to break into systems and write press releases. Later, I would learn that Sabu had been the first one arrested, and that the entire time I was talking to him he was an FBI informant.

Anonymous was also involved in the early stages of Occupy Wall Street. I was regularly participating on the streets as part of Occupy Chicago and was very excited to see a worldwide mass movement against the injustices of capitalism and racism. In several short months, the “Occupations” came to an end, closed by police crackdowns and mass arrests of protestors who were kicked out of their own public parks. The repression of Anonymous and the Occupy Movement set the tone for Antisec in the following months – the majority of our hacks against police targets were in retaliation for the arrests of our comrades.

I targeted law enforcement systems because of the racism and inequality with which the criminal law is enforced. I targeted the manufacturers and distributors of military and police equipment who profit from weaponry used to advance U.S. political and economic interests abroad and to repress people at home. I targeted information security firms because they work in secret to protect government and corporate interests at the expense of individual rights, undermining and discrediting activists, journalists and other truth seekers, and spreading disinformation.

I had never even heard of Stratfor until Sabu brought it to my attention. Sabu was encouraging people to invade systems, and helping to strategize and facilitate attacks. He even provided me with vulnerabilities of targets passed on by other hackers, so it came as a great surprise when I learned that Sabu had been working with the FBI the entire time.

On December 4, 2011, Sabu was approached by another hacker who had already broken into Stratfor’s credit card database. Sabu, under the watchful eye of his government handlers, then brought the hack to Antisec by inviting this hacker to our private chatroom, where he supplied download links to the full credit card database as well as the initial vulnerability access point to Stratfor’s systems.

I spent some time researching Stratfor and reviewing the information we were given, and decided that their activities and client base made them a deserving target. I did find it ironic that Stratfor’s wealthy and powerful customer base had their credit cards used to donate to humanitarian organizations, but my main role in the attack was to retrieve Stratfor’s private email spools which is where all the dirty secrets are typically found.

It took me more than a week to gain further access into Stratfor’s internal systems, but I eventually broke into their mail server. There was so much information, we needed several servers of our own in order to transfer the emails. Sabu, who was involved with the operation at every step, offered a server, which was provided and monitored by the FBI. Over the next weeks, the emails were transferred, the credit cards were used for donations, and Stratfor’s systems were defaced and destroyed. Why the FBI would introduce us to the hacker who found the initial vulnerability and allow this hack to continue remains a mystery.

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.

After Stratfor, I continued to break into other targets, using a powerful “zero day exploit” allowing me administrator access to systems running the popular Plesk webhosting platform. Sabu asked me many times for access to this exploit, which I refused to give him. Without his own independent access, Sabu continued to supply me with lists of vulnerable targets. I broke into numerous websites he supplied, uploaded the stolen email accounts and databases onto Sabu’s FBI server, and handed over passwords and backdoors that enabled Sabu (and, by extension, his FBI handlers) to control these targets.

These intrusions, all of which were suggested by Sabu while cooperating with the FBI, affected thousands of domain names and consisted largely of foreign government websites, including those of XXXXXXX, XXXXXXXX, XXXX, XXXXXX, XXXXX, XXXXXXXX, XXXXXXX and theXXXXXX XXXXXXX. In one instance, Sabu and I provided access information to hackers who went on to deface and destroy many government websites in XXXXXX. I don’t know how other information I provided to him may have been used, but I think the government’s collection and use of this data needs to be investigated.

The government celebrates my conviction and imprisonment, hoping that it will close the door on the full story. I took responsibility for my actions, by pleading guilty, but when will the government be made to answer for its crimes?

The U.S. hypes the threat of hackers in order to justify the multi billion dollar cyber security industrial complex, but it is also responsible for the same conduct it aggressively prosecutes and claims to work to prevent. The hypocrisy of “law and order” and the injustices caused by capitalism cannot be cured by institutional reform but through civil disobedience and direct action. Yes I broke the law, but I believe that sometimes laws must be broken in order to make room for change.

In the immortal word of Frederick Douglas, “Power concedes nothing without a demand. It never did and it never will. Find out just what any people will quietly submit to and you have found out the exact measure of injustice and wrong which will be imposed upon them, and these will continue till they are resisted with either words or blows, or both. The limits of tyrants are prescribed by the endurance of those whom they oppress.”

This is not to say that I do not have any regrets. I realize that I released the personal information of innocent people who had nothing to do with the operations of the institutions I targeted. I apologize for the release of data that was harmful to individuals and irrelevant to my goals. I believe in the individual right to privacy – from government surveillance, and from actors like myself, and I appreciate the irony of my own involvement in the trampling of these rights. I am committed to working to make this world a better place for all of us. I still believe in the importance of hactivism as a form of civil disobedience, but it is time for me to move on to other ways of seeking change. My time in prison has taken a toll on my family, friends, and community. I know I am needed at home. I recognize that 7 years ago I stood before a different federal judge, facing similar charges, but this does not lessen the sincerity of what I say to you today.

It has taken a lot for me to write this, to explain my actions, knowing that doing so — honestly — could cost me more years of my life in prison. I am aware that I could get as many as 10 years, but I hope that I do not, as I believe there is so much work to be done.


Text from a previously unpublished statement which seems to clarify above redactions:

“Sabu also supplied lists of targets that were vulnerable to “zero day exploits” used to break into systems, including a powerful remote root vulnerability effecting the popular Plesk software. At his request, these websites were broken into, their emails and databases were uploaded to Sabu’s FBI server, and the password information and the location of root backdoors were supplied. These intrusions took place in January/February of 2012 and affected over 2000 domains, including numerous foreign government websites in Brazil, Turkey, Syria, Puerto Rico, Colombia, Nigeria, Iran, Slovenia, Greece, Pakistan, and others. A few of the compromised websites that I recollect include the official website of the Governor of Puerto Rico, the Internal Affairs Division of the Military Police of Brazil, the Official Website of the Crown Prince of Kuwait, the Tax Department of Turkey, the Iranian Academic Center for Education and Cultural Research, the Polish Embassy in the UK, and the Ministry of Electricity of Iraq.

Sabu also infiltrated a group of hackers that had access to hundreds of Syrian systems including government institutions, banks, and ISPs. He logged several relevant IRC channels persistently asking for live access to mail systems and bank transfer details. The FBI took advantage of hackers who wanted to help support the Syrian people against the Assad regime, who instead unwittingly provided the U.S. government access to Syrian systems, undoubtedly supplying useful intelligence to the military and their buildup for war.

All of this happened under the control and supervision of the FBI and can be easily confirmed by chat logs the government provided to us pursuant to the government’s discovery obligations in the case against me. However, the full extent of the FBI’s abuses remains hidden. Because I pled guilty, I do not have access to many documents that might have been provided to me in advance of trial, such as Sabu’s communications with the FBI. In addition, the majority of the documents provided to me are under a “protective order” which insulates this material from public scrutiny. As government transparency is an issue at the heart of my case, I ask that this evidence be made public. I believe the documents will show that the government’s actions go way beyond catching hackers and stopping computer crimes.”