Jeremy Hammond has issued a statement from prison on the eve of his next court appearance. This statement is published below. A rally will take place outside the courthouse at 9:30am, Feb. 21st, Foley Sq. NYC. Statements will be given by the following: Jason Hammond, Jeremy’s twin brother; Alexa O’Brien, founder of the US Day of Rage and exceptional journalist covering the Wikileaks Gitmo files and trial of Bradley Manning; Heidi Boghosian, the Executive Director of the National Lawyers Guild; Micheal Ratner, the President of the Center for Constitutional Rights; Andrew Blake, from the news agency RT will be there to report on the days events; Luke Rudkowski, from We Are Change will be live streaming video. More information: http://revolution-news.com/?p=1051
In his own words, Jeremy Hammond is… ‘currently facing multiple computer hacking conspiracy charges due to my alleged involvement with Anonymous, LulzSec, and AntiSec, groups which have targeted and exposed corruption in government institutions and corporations such as Stratfor, The Arizona Department of Public Safety, and HB Gary Federal… if convicted at trial I am facing a sentence of 30-years-to-life.’
The indictment against Hammond can be seen here .
See also a really informative interview , published earlier in January, with Sue Crabtree on what happened to Hammond. Also an excellent overview article on Hammond by Nozomi Hayase.
Statement by Jeremy Hammond (20/02/203)
The following is a statement by Jeremy Hammond in his own words, written from solitary confinement at The Metropolitan Correctional Center (MCC) in New York City…
The tragic death of internet freedom fighter Aaron Swartz reveals the government’s flawed “cyber security strategy” as well as its systematic corruption involving computer crime investigations, intellectual property law, and government/corporate transparency. In a society supposedly based on principles of democracy and due process, Aaron’s efforts to liberate the internet, including free distribution of JSTOR academic essays, access to public court records on PACER, stopping the passage of SOPA/PIPA, and developing the Creative Commons, make him a hero, not a criminal. (more…)