Fox News' Jana Winter reports that LulzSec's Sabu was caught and turned by the authorities last June and has been working with them since. Other members of the group were arrested today as a result, she writes; details will be unsealed today in district court. The name given, Hector Xavier Monsegur, would confirm earlier outings and doxings from the same period. Last June saw the group publicly suspend operations, if you'll recall, and suffer its earliest arrests.

13 Responses to “Report: LulzSec members arrested”

  1. galois says:

    This makes the Stratfor release very interesting, since Sabu allegedly took part in that operation after being an informant for six months. Did the FBI sellout Stratfor in order to get Lulzsec? https://twitter.com/#!/kgosztola/status/177047754223263745

    • kingofgloom says:

      Kind of seems that way. It looks like they even dumped the Stratfor data onto government servers provided to Sabu by the FBI? This is really, really interesting… and potentially awful if this is how things played out. I wonder if that means that the data went straight from government servers to Wikileaks?

  2. Hakuin says:

    in case you didn’t notice, a second Insurance File came out late February.   https://twitter.com/#!/wikileaks/status/172396949700476928
    Perhaps we’ll see everything come together soon.

    Typical FBI, they must have threatened the children: http://arstechnica.com/tech-policy/news/2012/03/report-lulzsec-leader-sabu-worked-with-fbi-since-last-summer.ars

    • teapot says:

      NPR is reporting he was facing up to 124 years prison… That is enough as-is. No surprise that his court-appointed lawyer got him to roll instead of fighting it.

      Also 65GB? They’ve been busy!

  3. DeargDoom says:

    While its always depressing to see a person turned so easily, at the same time its amazing how much of a rock someone like Bradley Manning is.

    • That_Anonymous_Coward says:

       ”We are told to remember the idea, not the man, because a man can fail. He can be caught. He can be killed and forgotten. But four hundred years later an idea can still change the world. I’ve witnessed firsthand the power of ideas. I’ve seen people kill in the name of them; and die defending them. But you cannot kill an idea, cannot touch it or hold it. Ideas do not bleed, it cannot feel pain, and it does not love.”

      A man can fail, a man can succeed.  The most dangerous men are those who have nothing that can be used against them.
      It appears Sabu had concern of small children, and this pressure broke him.
      The pressure on Manning is intense but all they can do is take away his freedom, Freedom he knows was just an illusion to begin with.
      And while both of these cases will play out in their own time, the idea survives and finds others unwilling to accept the lies and take up the battle.
      For what is right, true, and just will always find champions no matter how much the forces aligned against it try to stop it.

      • DeargDoom says:

        That is very well said and I agree to an extent, I can see how they got to him and can’t say I would have been stronger. At the same time there are those who withstood worse threats than those Sabu faced and did not betray their brothers.

        Also I don’t think you are being fair to what Manning is being forced to suffer when you say he is just being denied freedom he knows is illusory. He has been withstanding torture designed to ruin his mental wellbeing.

        • That_Anonymous_Coward says:

          I did not mean to imply that Manning is at Club Fed relaxing sipping a Mai Tai.  I can not begin to imagine what must be happening to him. 
          It was more so when they took the death penalty off the table, the only remaining threat in their bag of tricks was taking away his freedom for a long time.
          To kill Manning means he wins, he becomes a martyr to those who can see that corruption is alive and well in our “Democracy”. 
          To mentally break him, and try to draw connections to others who expose the Emperor as naked is their goal. 
          They would prefer to do that quietly but good people have spoken up and focused more attention on his treatment.

          One can only hope that more champions will step forward and offer what they can to help those who came before and those who will come after.

  4. teapot says:

    I hope Hector Xavier Monsegur’s asshole is ready for prison because we all know how crims feel about snitches.

    Doom: totally agree about Manning.

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