Monsegur leaving his sentencing hearing in Manhattan today.

NEW YORK—”I’m not the same person you saw three years ago,” Hector “Sabu” Monsegur told Judge Loretta Preska during his sentencing hearing in Manhattan today. Monsegur, one of the key members of the LulzSec hacking cooperative, was attempting to convince the judge to accept the sentence recommended by both his lawyers and federal prosecutors: seven months of time served. In the end, Judge Preska agreed, adding a year of supervised release in which Monsegur would have to avoid crimes, drugs, and weapons while having a key logger installed on his computer.
Despite several years of digital mayhem, Monsegur qualified for leniency because of what everyone involved—the judge, the feds, and his own lawyer—repeatedly termed “extraordinary” cooperation in taking down LulzSec. The feds argued that Monsegur’s actions led to a number of guilty pleas around the globe.
Most of the details of the cooperation were laid out in documents filed last week by the federal prosecutors. Nevertheless, additional details came out during the sentencing hearing. For example, Monsegur’s around-the-clock cooperation was necessary because of LulzSec’s international membership; he simply had to be available to discuss things with members in Europe and elsewhere. And once the monitored chat sessions wrapped up, Monsegur would have to debrief the FBI regarding who he communicated with—their role within LulzSec, their particular skills, and so on.
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