Our hearts are broken at the outrageous sentence handed down in the Hammond case. What the state failed to recognize is Jeremy’s strong love for people and his wish to help others whenever possible. With this in mind, my name is Sue Crabtree and I am very proud to be a part of the Anonymous Solidarity Network. We had a speech prepared the day of the hearing but I was emotionally unable to deliver that speech after court so I will provide it to you here:
Since March 6, 2012 the day Jeremy Hammond was arrested in Chicago, we have waited for the day that he would be vindicated, to walk free on his charges, or the day he would be sentenced, and we would learn his fate. Today is not the day we had hoped for. Today is not the day that justice prevailed, that the U.S. Government was brought to task for their illegal prosecution of Hammond, and their own crimes, as brought to light by the Stratfor hack, and Snowden and Manning's leak revelations.
A few days ago on twitter, it was mentioned that political hacking prosecutions are now cover for the prosecution of sedition. The failure to adhere to political narrative, to take comfort in lies, to partake in illegal wars and spying, this failure garners a sentence like Jeremy received today. Today was not the day that justice prevailed. It was never going to be that easy. Jeremy knew this himself when he became involved in Anonymous. There was an urgency in his actions, a deeply held dedication that manifested itself in his involvement with Freeanons.org. Jeremy was there at its inception. He created our first site. His deeply held concern for the Paypal14, whose case still drags through the court, and arrests overseas, all arrested Anons, never wavered, even after he was imprisoned. He shared his funds with them. He asked about them repeatedly, to make sure that they had access to whatever limited resources Freeanons had. This is the kind of spirit that he has.
The Free Jeremy Hammond Support Network arose the day we learned Jeremy had been arrested. Since that time, we have networked with an amazing array of activists, hacktivists, lawyers and media to use Jeremy's case to further his purpose. We never wavered, and we, as a whole, are stronger today than ever. This is not an end for us. Our work has just begun. Today, justice did not prevail. We never expected it would. We cannot expect justice from a system that requires a Hammond, a Manning or a Snowden to call out its failures. Instead, we created our own victory, one of human spirit. Together, with Jeremy at the center of our efforts, we persevered, and overcame our differences for a greater cause, the one that has us gathered here. This is far better than an illusory justice. Together we have won more than justice. The truth belongs to us. Our bonds belong to us. We have Jeremy to thank for this. With that we offer a heartfelt thanks to our supporters who donated time and effort, every single one. They are worldwide, and they are legion.
The Free Jeremy Hammond Support Network, working hand in hand with FreeAnons.org to assist all jailed political prisoners, would like to send our thanks to every person who cared enough to share a link, send a letter or book or messagesof support to Jeremy via the Support Network. This battle can never be considered lost as this has brought too many together and we truly are one legion in a fight for justice for all that expose the government and their programs designed to attack and unjustly jail people who defy the rules put in place to punish whistleblowers.
Jeremy is on his way to his final destination. Please hold all mail until we provide you with a new mailing address.
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