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Puckett & Faraj, PC, a law firm defending military personnel in military and civil courts, has become the latest victim of hacktivist group anonymous for defending Sergeant Frank Wuterich, 31, for his role in the deadly massacre of innocent Iraqis in 2005.
Anonymous has been in the news lately for its high-value hacks on major private and public entities online. Stratfor was attacked recently to get emails on global intelligence which is now being shared through Wikileaks.
The attack seems to be directed at the judgement of the court giving Sergeant Frank Wuterich a lighter sentence for his role in the killing of 24 innocent unarmed Iraqis in Hadita in Nov. 2005. Reports available online paint a grimmer picture of the Iraq incident. Death of fellow battalion member Lance Corporal Miguel (T.J.) Terrazas, 20, from El Paso, Texas, instigated a group of marines led by Sgt Wuterich who went on the rampage killing, women and children.
Many human rights activists have been demanding stringent punishments for the marines but have in fact got off lightly triggering the anonymous attack.
The Sergeant has been demoted and faces a maximum sentence of three months of confinement, forfeiture of two-thirds of his pay for three months and a reduction in rank following his sentencing on 2 March, a Camp Pendleton (Marine Base) spokesman revealed to Reuters.
The Iraqi government too has criticised the lighter sentence and has vowed to get the marine more stringent punishment.
The letter released for Puckett & Faraj, PC, by the anonymous group in condemnation of Wuterich acquittal is available here.