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Hacker Defense: USGov asked me to

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Date: Apr 11, 2011 - 07:59 AM
A hacker has offered up a unique defense in appealing his conviction: he says that the US government authorized him to do it, then blamed him when they needed a fall guy.

The government has acknowledged that Gonzalez was a key undercover Secret Service informant at the time of the breaches. Now, in a March 24 habeas corpus petition filed in the U.S. District Court in Massachusetts, Gonzalez asserts that the Secret Service authorized him to commit the crimes.

?I still believe that I was acting on behalf of the United States Secret Service and that I was authorized and directed to engage in the conduct I committed as part of my assignment to gather intelligence and seek out international cyber criminals,? he wrote. ?I now know and understand that I have been used as a scapegoat to cover someone?s mistakes.?

In his 25-page petition, he faults one of his attorneys for failing to prepare a ?Public Authority? defense, by which someone who commits a crime argues that he did so with the approval of government authorities.
This is going to be interesting to watch.

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