Jeremy Hammond Speaks Out in Memory of Aaron Swartz
Jailed Internet activist blames ‘aggressive prosecution, riddled with abuse and misconduct’ for Swartz’s death
by: Janet Reitman

Almost a year after his arrest and indictment for allegedly hacking Stratfor, the private intelligence agency, the accused Anonymous hacktivist Jeremy Hammond has condemned the government and its “aggressive prosecution, riddled with abuse and misconduct,” for the death of fellow Internet activist Aaron Swartz. In an impassioned letter released by his lawyers on February 21st, Hammond – who is facing a 30-year-to-life sentence for his role in the Stratfor hack – lashed out at the Obama Administration for a cyber-security strategy he views as “flawed” as well as “systematic corruption involving computer crime investigations, intellectual property law, and government/corporate transparency . . . Aaron’s case is part of the recent aggressive, politically-motivated expansion of computer crime law where hackers and activists are increasingly criminalized because of alleged ‘cyber-terrorist’ threats,” he noted. “This sad and angering chapter should serve as a wake-up call for all of us to acknowledge the danger inherent in our criminal justice system.”

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