U.S. District Judge Loretta Preska, who just months ago sentenced hacker activist Jeremy Hammond to ten years in prison, has allowed his former co-conspirator Hector Monsegur, aka “Sabu” to walk away with no addition jail time as a reward for his “extraordinary cooperation” with the FBI. She went on to commend him and say that he went from doing “evil” with Jeremy as part of LulzSec to “doing good” by deceiving and betraying his former friends and partners and manipulating them into hacking into the websites of foreign governments for the FBI. One person Sabu attempted to entrap turned out to also be an informant as well.
Sabu was living in public housing at the time of his arrest but was relocated by the Feds after he became an asset to them. Law enforcement agencies are well known for taking care of their informants to a minimum degree so long as they are useful to them. After that even law enforcement see them as the scum they are, and promises of assistance and security are quickly forgotten. Sabu left the Federal Courthouse in New York City, smiling and waiving as journalists briefly followed him. While the press may soon abandon their pursuit of Sabu it isn’t likely that Anonymous, that hacker network he once was affiliated with, will. In their words: “We are Anonymous. We are Legion. We do not forgive. We do not forget. Expect us.”