The U.S. government has a particular disdain for activists with computer chops, folks often times referred to as “hacktivists.” This was put on full display for the entire world earlier this year when an overzealous and vindictive federal prosecutor’s witch hunt against prodigy Aaron Swartz drove him to suicide. This same contemptuousness has also resulted in the recent trumped up charges against and, imprisonment of, Barrett Brown and Jeremy Hammond.
Well every action has a reaction and now California criminal defense attorney, Jay Leiderman, has started the Whistleblower Defense League. We find out that:
Washington DC— We have entered a dangerous time in America. The FBI and Department of Justice are using harassment and prosecution as a tool to chill and silence journalism, on-line activism and dissent.
“We stand with the courage our clients,” says co-founder Dennis Roberts. “We are the legal arm, the firewall, for those who place facts over propaganda.”
To Jay and all of the other attorneys involved in this important project: Thank You. This is the definition of public service, and we need a lot more of it.
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