Southwark Crown Court in London has handed down an 18 month and a 7 month sentence for Christopher Weatherhead and Ashley Rhodes, respectively, for their role in hacktivist attacks documented, here. The most recent news on the sentence, here. FreeAnons condemns the sentence of Nerdo as needlessly harsh and excessive. At trial, he testified that he was involved in Anonymous communications, and was an observer, and not a participant, in any PayPal attacks. His sentence is a direct attack on free speech and association.
The trial heard that Weatherhead spent up to 10 hours a day online and dreamed of working for Amazon or Google. He refused to admit that he had been part of the actual attacks, claiming to have been the communications manager for Anonymous and the creator of online chatrooms where the attacks were planned.
Weatherhead told the court he was an observer in October 2010 while others carried out their attack on the website of the Ministry of Sound, causing £9,000 damage.
Neil Corre, defending, asked him: “Were there times when you were observing attacks while they were happening?”
“Yes,” said Weatherhead, “I was quite interested. I did not believe that what was being discussed was actually possible.”