Anonymous turncoat Sabu's sentencing delayed, again

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Jeremy Hammond has accused U.S. authorities of using Sabu to facilitate hacks.
Jeremy Hammond has accused U.S. authorities of using Sabu to facilitate hacks.

For the second time this year, the sentencing for Anonymous snitch Hector "Sabu" Monsegur has been delayed.

He faces up to 124 years in prison, but is expected to receive a much lighter sentence considering he cooperated with federal agents over the past 18 months to help them arrest at least five other members of the Anonymous and LulzSec hacktivist collectives.

Sabu, the LulzSec leader-turned-FBI-informant, is now scheduled to be sentenced Oct. 25, a spokeswoman at the U.S. attorney's office in New York told SCMagazine.com on Friday morning.

She said she had "no guidance at the moment" about why the sentencing date was moved again.

It appears federal authorities are still relying on Monsegur's cooperation.

Meanwhile, one of the people he reportedly snitched on, Jeremy Hammond, released a statement on Thursday accusing the U.S. government of asking Monsegur to encourage fellow hacktivists to infiltrate foreign government entities.

"It is widely known that Sabu was used to build cases against a number of hackers, including myself," Hammond reportedly wrote from prison in New York. "What many do not know is that Sabu was also used by his handlers to facilitate the hacking of targets of the government's choosing – including numerous websites belonging to foreign governments. What the United States could not accomplish legally, it used Sabu, and by extension, me and my co-defendants, to accomplish illegally."

Hammond pleaded guilty in May to hacking private intelligence firm Stratfor to expose millions of revelatory emails. The Illinois native faces up to 10 years in prison when he is sentenced, scheduled for Nov. 15.

As part of his plea deal, Hammond accepted responsibility for infiltrating a number of other sites, including including equipment suppliers and police agencies.

When he is sentenced, Hammond will have been imprisoned more than 550 days. He has been denied bail.


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