In an action WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange said he deplored, Canada deported self-proclaimed Anonymous member Matt DeHart.
A native of Indiana and a former drone pilot in the U.S. Air National Guard, 30-year-old DeHart had been attempting to claim asylum in Canada since 2013, when he was freed from a U.S. jail, where he was facing child pornography charges. He claims the pornography charges were a ruse to enable his interrogation regarding his activities with Anonymous and that he was tortured while in detention.
The Canadian government refused to recognize his torture claim and the Canada Border Services Agency handed him over to U.S. authorities on March 1. He appeared in a Buffalo, N.Y., court, where he was ordered transferred to Tennessee to face criminal charges.
“Canada’s actions are shameful,” said Assange in a statement. “It may as well not have a border.”
Assange named DeHart the third beneficiary of his Courage Foundation, which also supports Edward Snowden and hacktivist Jeremy Hammond.