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        <h1 class="reader-title">Jeremy Hammond Called to Testify Before
          EDVA Grand Jury</h1>
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          <div class="reader-estimated-time">September 3, 2019<br>
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                    <p><span><span>Virginia Grand Jury Believed to be
                          the Same Probe that Previously Called on
                          Chelsea Manning, David House <br>
                        </span>—</span></p>
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                      <p><strong>Alexandria, VA — </strong>Imprisoned
                        information activist Jeremy Hammond has been
                        called against his will to testify before a
                        Federal Grand Jury in the Eastern District of
                        Virginia (EDVA). Last week Hammond was removed
                        from the Federal Correctional Institution in
                        Memphis, Tennessee where he was serving a
                        10-year prison sentence after pleading guilty to
                        charges he hacked the private intelligence
                        contractor Stratfor Global Intelligence. At the
                        time of his transfer Hammond was enrolled in the
                        Federal Bureau of Prison’s intensive Residential
                        Drug Abuse Program (RDAP) which upon completion
                        qualifies participating inmates for early
                        release. Hammond’s prison release date was
                        projected to come around mid December of 2019
                        but because of his removal from the RDAP program
                        and the summons to this grand jury his time
                        incarcerated could be extended by over two
                        years.  Although Hammond is still in transit it
                        is believed he will be detained in or near
                        Alexandria, VA for the duration of his
                        proceedings. </p>
                      <p><strong>The following is a statement from the
                          Jeremy Hammond Support Committee regarding
                          these developments</strong>:</p>
                      <p>“It’s with great sadness and anger we announce
                        that Jeremy Hammond is being brought to the
                        Eastern District of Virginia in an effort to
                        compel him to testify before a grand jury. Given
                        the secrecy of grand jury proceedings, we don’t
                        know the nature or scope of the grand jury’s
                        investigation. However, our assumption is that
                        this the same grand jury that Chelsea Manning is
                        currently being incarcerated for refusing to
                        testify before.</p>
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                    <p>“Jeremy pled guilty in 2013 in the Southern
                      District of New York to one count of violating the
                      Computer Fraud and Abuse Act. He agreed to plead
                      guilty pursuant to a non-cooperating plea
                      agreement that granted him immunity from further
                      prosecution in all 94 federal judicial districts.
                      At the time of his guilty plea, Jeremy made a
                      statement that made it clear that he was pleading
                      guilty so that he could speak freely about his
                      actions and move on with his life without putting
                      anyone else in jeopardy:</p>
                    <p><span>‘Today I pleaded guilty to one count of
                        violating the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act. This
                        was a very difficult decision. I hope this
                        statement will explain my reasoning. I believe
                        in the power of the truth. In keeping with that,
                        I do not want to hide what I did or to shy away
                        from my actions. This non-cooperating plea
                        agreement frees me to tell the world what I did
                        and why, without exposing any tactics or
                        information to the government and without
                        jeopardizing the lives and well-being of other
                        activists on and offline.</span><i><span>’<br>
                        </span></i><i><span><br>
                        </span></i><span>The full statement is available
                        <a
                          href="https://www.sparrowmedia.net/2013/05/jeremy-hammond-plea-deal/">here</a></span></p>
                    <p>“Jeremy pled guilty to put an end to the case
                      against him. He pled guilty because he had no
                      interest in cooperating with the government. He
                      was sentenced to 10 years —the maximum allowed
                      under his plea agreement— and has been serving his
                      time, counting down to the day that he will
                      finally be free. That day was supposed to come in
                      mid-December of 2019.</p>
                    <p>“The government’s effort to try to compel Jeremy
                      to testify is punitive and mean-spirited. Jeremy
                      has spent nearly 10 years in prison because of his
                      commitment to his firmly held beliefs. There is no
                      way that he would ever testify before a grand
                      jury. The government knew this when they gave him
                      immunity in every federal jurisdiction in exchange
                      for his guilty plea. In bringing him against his
                      will to the Eastern District of Virginia, the
                      government has put an end to his participation in
                      the RDAP drug program, effectively adding a year
                      to his sentence. (If Jeremy had been permitted to
                      complete the 9-month program, he would have earned
                      a 12-month sentence reduction.) When he refuses to
                      testify, his sentence will be prolonged
                      indefinitely when he is punished with further
                      incarceration for contempt of a court order to
                      testify.<br>
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                    <p>“Like brave grand jury resisters before him,
                      including Chelsea Manning, Jeremy firmly believes
                      that grand juries are repressive tools of the
                      government, used to investigate and intimidate
                      activist communities and are abused by prosecutors
                      to gain access to intelligence to which they are
                      not entitled.</p>
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                      <p>“The U.S. government’s blatant abuse of the
                        grand jury process in this case continues a
                        clear pattern of targeting, isolating, and
                        punishing outspoken truth-tellers and activists.
                        We must stand up and say that enough is enough.
                        We cannot allow the government to use fascist
                        intimidation tactics to target, imprison,
                        silence, and torture, those who threaten their
                        power. We must not let the government fracture
                        us or our support for those who need us most, no
                        matter how they may try to pit us against one
                        another, and we must not allow them to sow fear
                        and distrust in our communities. We must come
                        together as one, united in our support for truth
                        and transparency, and for those who have paid
                        the ultimate price to bring it to us.”</p>
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                    <h3>Note to Editors</h3>
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                    <p>Jeremy Hammond is being represented by attorneys
                      Sarah Kunstler and Susan Kellman. You can learn
                      more about the Jeremy Hammond Support Committee by
                      visiting <a href="https://freejeremy.net/">freejeremy.net</a>
                      or following them on Twitter at <a
                        href="https://twitter.com/freejeremynet">twitter.com/freejeremynet</a><br>
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