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It's safe to say we'll be filing this away in the outrage files. Mother Jones has an exclusive interview with the hacker responsible for publishing the Steubenville tweets and Instagram pictures:
He'd read about the Steubenville rape in the New York Times, but didn't get involved until receiving a message on Twitter from Michelle McKee, a friend of an Ohio blogger who'd written about the case. McKee gave Lostutter the players' tweets and Instagram photos, which he then decided to publicize because, as he put it, "I was always raised to stick up for people who are getting bullied."
Fighting back against those bullies came at a heavy price:
At first, he thought the FBI agent at the door was with FedEx. "As I open the door to greet the driver, approximately 12 FBI SWAT team agents jumped out of the truck, screaming for me to "Get the fuck down!" with M-16 assault rifles and full riot gear, armed, safety off, pointed directly at my head," Lostutter wrote today on his blog. "I was handcuffed and detained outside while they cleared my house."
Although he has not yet been charged with any crime, he had this to say:
I was emailed their intent to send out a "Target Letter" which means they are going to try to indict me for a Federal Offense, (most likely a felony and two misdemeanors) to a secret Grand Jury of 23 individuals, for which I can not be present to state my side, nor state my innocence.
As if that weren't bad enough, Lostutter's sentence could be longer than the convicted rapists:
If convicted of hacking-related crimes, Lostutter could face up to 10 years behind bars—far more than the one- and two-year sentences doled out to the Steubenville rapists. Defending himself could end up costing a fortune—he's soliciting donations here. Still, he thinks getting involved was worth it. "I'd do it again," he says.
Hats off to Josh Harkinson at Mother Jones for highlighting his case.

Originally posted to Scout Finch on Fri Jun 07, 2013 at 08:50 AM PDT.

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