More than 300 activists and journalists, including myself, sent in letters asking for leniency and compassion in this case. Given the fact that Hammond’s hack appeared to be an act of civil disobedience coming from a place of political conscience, and not a crime for profit, many were shocked by today’s ruling. Also shocking is the judge’s alleged conflict of interest, which I outline in today’s video. This is a case the mainstream media isn’t likely to spend much time on, but a young man’s life has been effectively ruined, so it’s worth getting to know the facts of the case — and spreading the word. More information about the case at FreeJeremy.net.