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AT&T hacker wants government to pay him US$13 million

Jaikumar Vijayan | May 21, 2014
Andrew 'weev' Auernheimer, whose struggles with U.S. prosecutors have fueled calls for reforming the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act, wants the government to pay him $13 million for imprisoning him for the past three years.

In his open letter this week, Auernheimer claimed that the government owed him money for taking away his freedom for 1,179 days between his arrest in January 2011 and his release last month. "My current market-determined hourly rate is 1 Bitcoin an hour," Auernheimer claimed. "I am owed 28,296 Bitcoin," for 1,179 days, he said, adding that he does not want the money in U.S. currency.

Auernheimer also said he plans on suing the government for his incarceration.

Even though the sentence against him has been vacated, the government could still appeal the case to the Supreme Court, Auernheimer said. "We'll know by June 9 if they plan to appeal to SCOTUS. In addition, I can be re-indicted in a new jurisdiction, which the government is hilariously claiming doesn't violate double jeopardy."

According to Auernheimer, the appellate court's decision to vacate his sentence was unexpected. "I was in the middle of a hunger strike in solitary confinement when I was released," Auernheimer said. "I had no idea what was going on."


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