Great interview about why Criminal Defense Lawyer Jay Leiderman represents activists and hackers

Jay Leiderman
By: Jay Leiderman
October 06 2014

Why does Criminal Defense Lawyer Jay Leiderman choose to represent activists and hackers?  This interview that appeared int eh Cryptosphere answers those questions.

The fabulous Raincoaster did an interview with me when I was leaving prison.  I was visiting an inmate, I wasn’t incarcerated.  We were at this tiny airport where they land only tiny planes.  I stepped into the tiny bathroom to try to get some privacy for the interview.  It was quite a moment.

After a three hour delay, the good folks at this undisclosed airport (the case is still pending) moved us from the waiting room into the small pre-boarding room.  The full plain load, about 20 of us, were in this pretty small place, packed in.  And then I got the call.  Can I do that interview now?  Well, it’s still a half-hour before we board.  Sure.  But I’n not going to be rude, and talk on my cell phone in the midst of my fellow sardines.  So I tried to go back by the metal detectors.  No way.  I had only one more choice: the bathroom.  And in I went, and a great interview was all that took place in there.  I promise. Good thing we were done and just chatting when the knock on the door came. Some poor lady had been waiting twenty-five minutes.  We were about to board a plane with no bathroom. I had to hang up.

Criminal Defense Lawyer Jay Leiderman speaks outside the federal courthouse in New York City after the Jeremy Hammond sentencing

The interviews centers around the FBI’s arrest of activists and the subsequent turning of those activists into informants.  Once a friend, now a snitch.  It is devastating to both a community and a movement.

I’ll give you just one small part from the introduction, and then I invite you to read the entire interview that emerged from a tiny bathroom in a tiny airport waiting for a tiny airplane in an undisclosed location.  Here goes:

The knock at the door. The blinding lights, the shouted orders, the helmets, the uniforms, the guns, the confusion, the melee.

The raid.

When it’s all over, and the FBI is sifting through everything from your Friends list to your Playstation, who do you call? If you’re a hacker or a member of Anonymous, California criminal defense lawyer Jay Leiderman is going to be somewhere on that list.

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