Strategic Forecasting (Stratfor) hacker Jeremy Hammond will be sentenced on Nov. 15. The admitted Anonymous member pled guilty earlier this year to infiltrating the computers of the private intelligence firm Strategic Forecasting (Stratfor) and releasing the information on the Internet.
Rights groups are doing their part to gain leniency for Hammond, who they say is a whistleblower and an activist and only engaged in hacking the company to protest and expose the secret activities of private intelligence corporations. Hammond is to be sentenced under the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act of 1986 for civil disobedience and exposing extralegal corporate surveillance in the New York Federal Court in Manhattan.
Many of Hammond's supporters plan to be present at the sentencing to voice their concern and to raise public awareness on the disproportionate sentences associated with the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act (CFAA), which "grants greater protection to corporations than those it affords to individuals," according to activists.
Hammond’s attorneys have submitted a sentencing memorandum on his behalf asking for a sentence of time served, a call supported by 5,000 people in petitions hosted by Change.org and Demand Progress. Additionally, over 250 letters addressed to the Judge from friends, family, journalists, academics, the tech community, and prominent whistleblowers have been included with the memorandum. Among these is a letter co-signed by 17 editors and journalists representing international media outlets in fifteen countries with a combined audience of 500 million people.
For more information on the case and the perspective of Hammond's supporters, check out freejeremy.net.