Attorney Jay Leiderman is the guest on the second ever Commander X radio show: Commander X Speaks on PLF Radio
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Topics include legal analysis of the recent conviction of “Weev” and “Nerdo” and the new indictment of Barrett Brown.
Feds: Homeless hacker ‘Commander X’ arrested
Christopher Doyon, a 47-year-old homeless man, was one of two men arrested Thursday for carrying out cyber attacks on Santa Cruz County computers.
Doyon’s attorney, Jay Leiderman, tells CBS News his client is homeless but would not confirm that Doyon was in fact the hacker known as Commander X.
“At this point I have no information to suggest that the person in custody, Christopher Doyon, is Commander X,” Leiderman said, adding, “Commander X isn’t a person. He’s an idea and that idea is social justice.”
On February 11, 2012, a press release appeared on Pastebin. “The PLF is delighted to announce that Commander X, aka Christopher Mark Doyon, has fled the jurisdiction of the USA and entered the relative safety of the nation of Canada,” it read. “The PLF calls upon the government of the USA to come to its senses and cease the harassment, surveillance—and arrest of not only Anonymous, but ALL activists.”
Three months later, Doyon’s pro-bono lawyer, Jay Leiderman, was in a federal court in San Jose. Leiderman had not heard from Doyon in a couple of weeks. “I’m inquiring as to whether there’s a reason for that,” the judge said. Leiderman had no answer. Doyon was absent from another hearing two weeks later. The prosecutor stated the obvious: “It appears as though the defendant has fled.”
Doyon is still in hiding. Even Jay Leiderman, his attorney, does not know where he is. Leiderman says that, in addition to the charges in Santa Cruz, Doyon may face indictment for his role in the PayPal and Orlando attacks. If he is arrested and convicted on all counts, he could spend the rest of his life in prison. Following the example of Edward Snowden, he hopes to apply for asylum with the Russians. When we spoke, he used a lit cigarette to gesture around his apartment. “How is this better than a fucking jail cell? I never go out,” he said. “I will never speak with my family again. . . . It’s an incredibly high price to pay to do everything you can to keep people alive and free and informed.”