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May 28, 2013. 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

 

Click links below for further info

http://www.sparrowmedia.net/2013/05/jeremy-hammond-plea-deal/

http://revolution-news.com/jeremy-hammond-accepts-a-conditional-10-year-plea-deal/

https://www.facebook.com/supporthammond?fref=ts

http://freeanons.org/

https://www.facebook.com/mailtojail?fref=ts

https://twitter.com/Free_Hammond

https://twitter.com/freeanons

 

 

 Jeremy Hammond will be in court tomorrow, 5/28/2013.  This is an urgent call to action in support of Jeremy.   He is requesting a packed courtroom and we will do everything in our power to meet his request. We will gather at 9:15am at Foley Square, directly across the street from the courthouse which is located at 500 Pearl Street, New York, NY.  Foley Square has been the location of all gatherings prior to court proceedings for Jeremy and we intend to gather there again tomorrow.  We will walk together in solidarity to the courthouse and go to courtroom 12A.  PLEASE NOTE:  Your cell phones will be held when you check in at the courthouse and you will not be allowed recording devices of any kind.

The Jeremy Hammond Solidarity Network which encompasses  FreeAnons and The Free Jeremy Hammond Support Network will hold a press conference following this crucial hearing.  We will not provide interviews or deliver any messages prior to the hearing.

We will support Jeremy Hammond as he continues to be held hostage by our criminal injustice system.  Hear us Now as we shout Free Hammond Free Hammond Free Hammond

All livestreaming prior to the hearing and immediately following the hearing will be via the following Livestreamers.

Luke Rudkowski WeAreChange.org:  http://wearechange.org/

Tim Pool:  http://www.timcast.com/

Follow all updates on Twitter:  https://twitter.com/freeanons and https://twitter.com/Free_Hammond

Facebook Event:  https://www.facebook.com/events/263596853785094/

Free Jeremy Hammond Support Network on Facebook:  https://www.facebook.com/supporthammond

FreeAnons:  http://freeanons.org/

Facebook Mail To The Jail:  https://www.facebook.com/mailtojail