"This non-cooperating plea agreement frees me to tell the world what I did and why, without exposing any tactics or information to the government and without jeopardizing the lives and well-being of other activists on and offline," wrote the 28-year-old in the wake of his plea.
"Now that I have pleaded guilty it is a relief to be able to say that I did work with Anonymous to hack Stratfor, among other websites. Those others included military and police equipment suppliers, private intelligence and information security firms, and law enforcement agencies. I did this because I believe people have a right to know what governments and corporations are doing behind closed doors. I did what I believe is right."
According to the plea agreement, he can receive a maximum sentence of 10 years' imprisonment, three years' supervised release, a fine no greater than $250,000, and has agreed to make restitution in an amount that will not exceed $2.5 million. All other open counts (contained in the plea agreement) will be dismissed by the Government.
Hammond is scheduled to be sentenced in September.