by Matt Agorist, The Free Thought Project:
First reported by the Associated Press on Wednesday, November 18th, hacktivist Jeremy Hammond is finally set to be released from federal prison, 7 years and 3 Days to the date from his initial sentencing, after having been incarcerated for the majority of his ten year prison term.
Hammond is a computer programmer, and internet activist/ whistleblower associated with the hacktivist network Anonymous who had been sentenced to ten years imprisonment on November 15, 2013.
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The sentence came about for breaching the servers of private intelligence firm Strategic Forecasting, Inc. also know as Stratfor, and releasing millions of internal documents to the transparency advocacy organization WikiLeaks. This exposed evidence that the intelligence consulting firm had been conducting illegal operations acting as spies for hire on behalf of governments and corporations against several human rights defenders and activist groups.
The documents released by Jeremy revealed damning information about the activities conducted outside of public view by this supposed security analyst company, that some have since dubbed a “shadow CIA”. One batch of documents revealed, as covered by RT, show that Stratfor operatives coordinated with Texas Department of Public Safety officers to infiltrate, conduct surveillance operations on, and subvert the activities of activist groups such as Occupy Wall Street, and the Deep Green Resistance all while committing violations of their civil liberties and constitutional rights.
Another set of emails, reported by The Times Of India, purportedly exposed some of Stratfor’s international operations as they allegedly also conducted surveillance against environmental activists in the Indian city of Madhya Pradesh, as a contractor for Dow Chemical, monitoring the activists protesting against the gas leak which lead to the 1984 Bhopal disaster.
A statement from Wikileaks regarding the emails released by Hammond alleged – “They reveal the inner workings of a company that fronts as an intelligence publisher, but provides confidential intelligence services to large corporations, such as Bhopal’s Dow Chemical Co, Lockheed Martin, Northrop Grumman, Raytheon and government agencies, including the US Department of Homeland Security, the US Marines and the US Defence Intelligence Agency.”
While these allegations are shocking, Stratfor wasn’t the only target in which Jeremy intended to peel back the curtain of corruption. A number of additional targets included military computers, private intelligence suppliers, and law enforcement agencies. The leaks included private documents revealing information from the mundane, to the downright contemptuously corrupt.
In an after trial statement released by Hammond he said – “I did this because I believe people have the right to know what government and corporations are doing behind closed doors. I did what I believe is right.”
Going to such lengths to hold Big Brother accountable, all the while knowing the fate it will bring you, is a level of courage we should all strive for. It should come as no surprise then that, though Jeremy’s legal troubles began upon his arrest at his Chicago home in March of 2012, the US Justice System brought all its weight to bear against the brave young man that dare expose their secrets.
Initially, the court fought for a maximum penalty a 40 years to life, though ultimately settling for a maximum of 10 years after his acceptance of a non-cooperative plea deal to charges from the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act for his actions against Strategic Forecasting, Inc.
In an ironic twist, it was also later revealed that unbeknownst to him at the time, while Jeremy was hacking Stratfor, and simultaneously receiving directives to hack foreign targets from one of the leading individuals of a sub-sect of Anonymous called LulzSec, that contact turned out to be an undercover FBI informant.