Matthew Keys “faces” 25 years in prison like I “face” being eaten by an angry lion


Yesterday, former Reuters journalist Matthew Keys was found guilty in federal court of three hacking-related offences. 

Keys was charged with helping hackers access servers owned by his former employer, the Tribune Company, and encouraging them to “go fuck some shit up.” Fuck shit up they did – altering editorial content on the homepage of of the LA Times.

Hopefully all lovers of the First Amendment can agree that a reporter who helps hackers to edit or delete the work of other journalists – particularly altering the headlines of news reports – probably deserves to get in some kind of mild legal trouble. But, if the reports of Keys’ imminent sentencing are to be believed, his likely punishment goes way beyond “trouble…”

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