On June 20, 2015, a tech conference aptly entitled “Suits and Spooks” had infamous federal informant and notoriously mediocre hacker Hector “Sabu” Monsegur speak about “the rise and fall of Anonymous,” an organization Sabu has done his best to distance himself from, while still duping those gullible enough to pony up the cash into paying him to prattle on endlessly about.
Needless to say, this did not sit well with not only Jeremy, but anyone with a conscience. After a public campaign was launched against Suits and Spooks, its founder, Jeffrey Carr, offered space to “an Anonymous leader” who wanted to talk about “running ops.” Two Twitter users, VizFoSho and Flanvel, took him up on his offer. They did this with both the knowledge of us at FreeJeremy.Net, and with the intention of not only exposing Hector Monsegur for the fraud he is, but to also bring a little lulz into a wholly intolerable situation.
In the interest of full transparancy, we are releasing the slides they used in their talk, along with a statement from Jeremy. While everyone may not agree with everything they say on their slides, they make some valid points that we feel should be taken into consideration to anyone operating under the banner of Anonymous, especially when it comes to those who would use Anonymous for personal gain.
Statement from Jeremy Hammond
The latest twist of the knife – Sabu returns to the internet in full PR spin mode to try to clear his name. He’s done his time – one year probation – and now he’s back with a vengeance, running his mouth on twitter, writing lame movie reviews for Daily Dot, and speaking at conferences; will he be able to re-establish credibility in the community?
Remember how he snitched out all his comrades to the FBI? Apparently it was all just Fox News propaganda: maybe these steel bars and razor wire fences that imprison me are also illusions of my mind. But this shit is real like a bad taste you just can’t spit out: I’m not even halfway through my federal prison bid while Sabu is chilling in hot tubs and getting paid speaking gigs. There’s no way the FBI could have caught me if it weren’t for Sabu’s cooperation because I didn’t make the same type of amateur mistakes he made: he hacked PBS from his home IP address, didn’t delete log files, was busted, and immediately began working with the FBI to identify all of his hacker friends so that he could receive a 5K1 reduced sentence. His cooperation was so extraordinary that he received a hug from the federal prosecutor and a personal thanks from Judge Preska, the same judge who gave me the maximum ten year prison sentence.
You’d think this disgraced fool would have kept his head down and disappeared in shame, or at least show some kind of remorse for the lives he’s damaged. Not Sabu, ever the pompous megalomaniac. He’s on Twitter, issuing various denials and rationalizations for his actions, encouraging people to write folks behind bars, even contacting my support team attempting to donate money to my commissary account because “he knows how hard it is”.
He’s also taking bold new steps and speaking at the upcoming Spooks and Suits NYC conference. Until now, he’s laid low and hasn’t made any planned public appearances: now, for $300, you can hang out with Sabu and other government agent types like the CIA, NSA, NYPD, etc. Some big names in national security, so he probably feels safe amongst his fellow feds and whitehat sellouts to discuss computer crime fighting strategies. But despite all their credentials and clearances, the mightiest of US corporations and bureaucracies keep getting hacked over and over again (and it always brings me great joy hearing about it). They know that they need, as Jeffrey Carr described, a “bad actor willing to share first hand info”, and Sabu was more than willing to open his big mouth once again. If they’re looking for technique, they are sure to be disappointed: he’s just a pompous liar and fraud with no skill and a Death Before Dishonor tattoo. Got no clue, got no soul: guess he really fits in with the rest of the conference organizers. Remember, even with his extensive cooperation with the FBI and having trusted access to our internal channels, they were still unable to prevent attack after attack.
Though he had already been dropped from speaking at the RSA conference, and Spooks and Suits had to relocate due to the planned protests, Sabu is still probably intending on speaking at other events such as DEFCON and Hackers On Planet Earth(HOPE). He once said to me, “I’ll be damned if I’m ever compared to that faggot Adrian Lamo”. Lamo, the former hacker who snitched out Chelsea Manning (currently doing a 35 year bid for the WikiLeaks revelations), spoke at HOPE rationalizing his actions by the need for “national security”. Brandon Darby, who entrapped several activists to prison during the 2008 RNC, underwent a militant-lefty to right-wing-extremist switch, now speaking proudly about his decision to cooperate. Sabu, now calling himself an “ex black hat”, who really has never been about any cause but himself, is similarly furthering the false standard that it is OK for a hacker to bend to law enforcement and the US cyber-imperialist agenda.
Some say since this megalomaniac craves attention we should just ignore him, and for the most part this is the probably best course of action. But it’s not that easy to forgive or forget when you’re still doing the time. When he is given a platform to spread lies and defend his cooperation while the folks he sent to prison cannot attend conferences or communicate without being monitored and censored, he must be exposed challenged and confronted. We cannot allow future conferences to think it is safe to invite Sabu to speak, nor can we allow future hackers who may be busted to think they could pull a Sabu, snitch out their friends, and expect no repercussions. Reject the Sabu NSA white hat ideology!