Hackers deface website of lawyers for US Marine

Feb 03, 2012

Members of the hacker group Anonymous defaced the website on Friday of the law firm that defended a US Marine who faced charges in connection with the 2005 killing of 24 Iraqi civilians.

Anonymous, in a statement which appeared on the of the law firm of Puckett and Faraj, also claimed to have published online three gigabytes of private email messages of attorneys Neal Puckett and Haytham Faraj.

"The contents of these email messages include detailed records, transcripts, testimony, trial evidence, and legal defense donation records pertaining to not only Frank Wuterich but also many other marines they have represented," Anonymous said.

Puckett served as the lead defense lawyer for Staff Sergeant Frank Wuterich, who faced a US military court martial last month in connection with the killings in the Iraqi town of Haditha.

Wuterich, 31, admitted one count of negligent dereliction of duty but manslaughter charges were dropped as part of a plea deal.

Wuterich, who led an eight-man squad whose other members have all been let off, was sentenced to 90 days of confinement and reduced in rank to private but will serve no jail time under the deal with prosecutors.

Anonymous, in the statement on the puckettfaraj.com website, said it wanted to bring attention to the "brutality of US imperialism."

"Can you believe this (expletive deleted) had his charges reduced to involuntary manslaughter and got away with only a pay cut?" it said.

"Meanwhile Bradley Manning who was brave enough to risk his life and freedom to expose the truth about government corruption is threatened with life imprisonment," the group said in a reference to the US soldier accused of leaking classified US documents to WikiLeaks.

A receptionist who answered the phone at Puckett and Faraj said the firm's website was now offline. She said there would be no immediate statement about the hacking incident.

Following the Wuterich verdict, Ali Mussawi, spokesman for Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki, said "the punishment is not suitable with the crime that was committed."

"We will keep pursuing the legal channels to fight for the rights of our citizens who were victims of indiscriminate shooting, without having committed any sins," Mussawi said.

The hacking of the Puckett and Faraj website was announced shortly after Anonymous released a recording on YouTube of a conference call between FBI and Scotland Yard agents discussing operations against the .

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3.3 / 5 (7) Feb 03, 2012
I find it stunning that groups like Anonymous are able to conclude, through some omniscient awareness of all of the relevant facts, who is guilty or not and, moreover, that they have the right to administer justice. This is arrogance (driven by their cowardly use of anonymity) at the highest level and demonstrates a spectacular disregard for the rights of individuals in a free society. Every single individual deserves representation in a court of law to fairly make their case. It is such prejudicial, summary judgment (and execution) on the part of Anonymous that invalidates them as any kind of reputable force for truth. This is ignominious "glory", not justice.
3 / 5 (8) Feb 03, 2012
I find it typical that you found yourself incapable of reading the first two paragraphs of the article while at the same time needing to respond to the article out of pure ignorance.

Typical Tard.

3.4 / 5 (5) Feb 04, 2012
My response was predicated on those two paragraphs. I sincerely hope for your sake that such records are never deemed to constitute the full breadth and depth of your guilt or innocence and that, despite your lack of appreciation for it, if you are ever charged with any crime, you are fairly represented in court, as every person deserves to be, including to challenge the legitimacy of such records.
1 / 5 (2) Feb 04, 2012
Fascists murdering each-other in the name of their stupid intolerant Abrahamic religions need to have their heads put on stakes in public display. Something other fascists would agree upon, ironically. A self-limiting death cascade.

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