Tor Ekeland, Keys's other attorney, also commented to HuffPo,on Friday evening. Ekeland called the DOJ's indictment "threadbare" and penalties Keys could face if convicted "draconian."
"All that happened was just some sort of juvenile defacing of a little more than a paragraph of an LA Times website," Ekeland said. He later added: "which he didn't do."
Reuters suspended Keys with pay, but , including comments about his newly formed legal team and its history with the hacking collective: "We're assembling a great team that I have faith in," Keysat a follower Friday night. "Their prior cases are irrelevant to me." And his lawyers also have a big social media presence.has tweeted several times about the Keys case, as well as this:
Sabu is quite the snitch, isn't he?Tor Ekeland, P.C. (@TorEkelandPC)
, whose real name is Hector Xavier Monsegur, has been an FBI informant since his June 2011 arrest. In March 2011,of giving "full control of LATimes.com to hackers." Inwith The Atlantic last year, Leiderman said Sabu had a "really malignant heart." Strong words from Leiderman, who has also pushedand computer crimes, tellingon Friday that the terms of the Justice Department's , which charges Keys with three conspiracy charges that could total 25 years in jail, amount to "crazy overreach."
Ekeland also represented "" Andrew "weev" Auernheimer, who was found guilty of conspiracy to access a computer without authorization and fraud in connection with personal information in November 2012. He is scheduled to be sentencedand faces up to 10 years in jail.
Since the news of Keys' indictment broke, his pre-Reuters life, when he was still a teenager, has . He wasby Reuters on Friday.