ANONYMOUS LEAKS E-MAILS IN IRAQ'S HADITHA MASSACRE CASE
- Members of the hacker group Anonymous defaced the website on Friday, February 3 of the law firm that defended a U.S. Marine who faced charges in connection with the 2005 killing of 24 Iraqi civilians, AFP reported.
Anonymous, in a statement which appeared on the website 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 U.S. 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 U.S. imperialism."
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