Hammond says that Monsegur encouraged him to use his Plesk exploit, as well as his other skills, to target "numerous foreign government websites in Brazil, Turkey, Syria, Puerto Rico, Colombia, Nigeria, Iran, Slovenia, Greece, Pakistan, and others."
"All of this happened under the control and supervision of the FBI and can be easily confirmed by chat logs the government provided to us pursuant to the government's discovery obligations in the case against me. However, the full extent of the FBI's abuses remains hidden. Because I pled guilty, I do not have access to many documents that might have been provided to me in advance of trial, such as Sabu's communications with the FBI," Hammond wrote.
Adding additional fuel to the fire, Hammond supporters noted that Judge Preska is married to one of the Stratfor victims, but attempts to have her removed from the case by the defense were not successful. As to the claims that the FBI condoned the attack against Stratfor in order to build a case, as well as encouraged it and other like it, the Department of Justice has previously disputed those claims, and had nothing to say about it on the day Hammond was sentenced.
Detractors say that Hammond got what he deserved, and that his previous criminal convictions warranted his lengthy sentence. In fact, most of those speaking out against Hammond on Twitter simply point to existing law and leave it at that; "...if you don't want to spend 10 years in prison, don't break the law," one person remarked shortly after sentencing was announced.
However, for his part, Hammond knew his actions could, and in all likelihood would, earn him further time behind bars. That didn't deter him from his actions, just as his conviction will fail to deter others in the future.
"Yes I broke the law, but I believe that sometimes laws must be broken in order to make room for change," Hammond told the court on Friday.
With credit for time served, as well as good behavior, Hammond could be released in September 2021.
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