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A week later, it was learned that information about Preska's husband was released. His name is Thomas Kavaler. He works for Cahill Gordon & Reindel. It's an internationally known financial/corporate law firm.
His password was revealed. Doing so made his emails accessible. Hammond's between a rock and a hard place.
FBI agents set him up. Judge Preska is hostile. Federal court rules are clear, said Ratner. "(I)f there's any appearance of impropriety, appearance of - you know, of a closeness to the case, that basically you have to recuse yourself," said Ratner.
"You have to do it automatically, even if the defendant doesn't make a motion." Preska has an obvious conflict of interest.
Washington wants Hammond convicted. They want him imprisoned for decades. They want a message sent other hackers. Replicate Hammond and you're next.
They want to make an example of high-profile targets. They prioritize Assange, Bradley Manning, and hackers.
Hammond's held in New York's Metropolitan Detention Center. In late January or early February, he was moved to solitary confinement. Doing so constitutes cruel and unusual punishment. It's torture by other means. It violates 8th Amendment rights.
He's denied virtually all outside contacts. Visits are limited to counsel. He's allowed restricted phone contact with his brother.