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He and others got tired never seeing him get his hands dirty. No one ever saw him hack anything. He'd always been a fixer. He brought information given him to others. They could use it as they wished.
A hacker no one knew about told Sabu about a security hole in Stratfor's web site. He told others. After the organization was hacked, Sabu announced it on Twitter. It became widely known.
In June 2011, FBI agents approached him. They had incriminating evidence against him, they claimed. They had enough to imprison him for life.
Within hours, he cut a deal. He agreed to betray fellow hackers. He spent months collecting information. According to official documents, he helped build the Justice Department's case. Federal prosecutors call him a model informant.
News of his role emerged when Hammond was arrested. Anonymous members were shocked. They found it hard to believe one of their own would betray them. According to one:
"We'll never know the extent that the FBI went to turn him into a traitor." After the fact, some Anons said they suspected it all along. Something about him didn't wash. He ended up making enemies of friends.
Not everyone was entrapped. Sabu protected Anons he knew weren't useful to FBI agents. He encouraged some to leave. Do it, he urged, to avoid charges.
Authorities used AntiSec to entrap hackers. Hammond is their most prominent catch. The government's case involves nicknames he allegedly used. Hammond denies doing so.