Website of Wuterich's Lawyers Hacked

Group known as Anonymous takes responsibility for stunt

By North County Times and NBC San Diego
|  Saturday, Feb 4, 2012  |  Updated 2:31 PM PDT
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Website of Wuterich's Lawyers Hacked

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Staff Sgt. Frank Wuterich (R) walks into court with his defense attorney Neal Puckette during opening statements in the Haditha murders trial at Camp Pendleton on January, 9, 2012 in Oceanside, California. Staff Sgt. Wuterich is being charged in the deaths of 24 Iraqis during a military operation in 2005. AFP PHOTO/Sandy Huffaker (Photo credit should read Sandy Huffaker/AFP/Getty Images)

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A group of hackers known as Anonymous said they defaced a website and stole files and emails from attorneys who represented Camp Pendleton's Frank Wuterich in a case involving the deaths of 24 Iraqi civilians, according to the North County Times.

The NCT reports that two of Wuterich's attorneys, Neal Puckett and Haytham Faraj, had their site hacked and files stolen.

Both Puckett and Faraj represented Wuterich who pleaded guilty to negligent dereliction of duty in assaults by his squad that killed 24 unarmed Iraqis after a roadside bomb killed a Marine in the town of Haditha in 2005.

On Jan. 24 the judge in Wuterich's case ruled that the Marine would serve no time.

In a statement, Wuterich said, "The truth is: I never fired any weapon at any women or children that day."

Wuterich added that his guilty plea should not suggest that he believes his men behaved badly or that they  acted in any way that was dishonorable to their country.

Puckett told the NCT that he has filed a complaint with the FBI over the hacking.

Anonymous, reportedly plans to release information it found about the Haditha case, which has Puckett concerned that confidential matters between the attorneys and all their clients will become public.
 

 


 

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