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A Black Bloc “anarchist communist,” 28-year-old Jeremy Hammond was a participant in Occupy Chicago and hacktivist with an Anonymous offshoot called Anti-Sec. He hacked into the records of Stratfo (Strategic Forecasting Inc.), a company that gathers intelligence information for corporations and the US government. An incentive was the company targeted Anonymous action against Mexican drug cartels. Doing direct action, Hammond gave the information to WikiLeaks and various publications, revealing the extent of surveillance of protesters, especially in the Occupy movement. He was sentenced to 10 years in prison. When a reporter asked if he was willing to die for his cause, he said, “Yes. Go to prison, die for my cause… or choose to live a life of submission.”[i] He joined the ranks of other brillant hacktivists including Chelsea Manning, Julian Assange, Edward Snowden who sacrificed their personal freedom for our freedom from Big Brother.


[i] Vivien Lesnik Weisman, “A Conversation With Jeremy Hammond, American Political Prisoner Sentenced to 10 Years, Huff Post Politics, November 19, 2013.

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/vivien-lesnik-weisman/jeremy-hammond-q-and-a_b_4298969.html

 

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