How did Jay Leiderman’s case, that of Commander X charged with a simple DDos protest on the County of Santa Cruz website, make it’s way to be the feature story of the September 2014 New Yorker magazine?
After 9 months of frequent calls, OTR encrypted chats, texts, emails and Skype sessions with author David Kushner, Jay Leiderman’s case and client – Commander X, was featured in the New Yorker magazine. He was the centerpiece of the September 2014 issue. Oh, the fact checking. I forgot about the fact checking. Once David and I were done with our frequent sessions, it came time for the New Yorker’s fact checkers to take over, and man, did they take over. They need something to prove every single sentence. I was one of only a few people that had a lot of information about the reclusive, mysterious and enigmatic Commander X. Hence my extensive communications with David Kushner. I think I spent over 12 hours split across two days with the New Yorker’s fact checkers. That is the nuts and bolts of the story behind the story: Jay Leiderman’s case in the New Yorker magazine.
Without further adieu… Jay Leiderman’s case in the New Yorker magazine: The Masked Avengers How Anonymous incited online vigilantism from Tunisia to Ferguson (The Life and Times of Commander X)
“It appears as though the defendant has fled.”
… 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.”
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Last but not least, lawyer Jay Leiderman, an actual New Yorker (born and raised) Lichtenstein style 😉