Martin Gottesfeld, imprisoned human rights activist, journalist, author, and Senior Systems Engineer, was born and raised in Andover, Massachusetts. He is currently in jail for allegedly collaborating in a hacking attack in 2014. He was arrested on February 17th, 2016 and is being prosecuted under the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act (CFAA) by Carmen Ortiz’s office and cybercrime chief Adam J. Bookbinder, whose office prosecuted Internet innovator and activist Aaron Swartz, culminating in his suicide.
In the spring of 2014, the hacker collective Anonymous took credit for hitting a number of health care and treatment facilities in the Boston area in defense of a patient there named Justina Pelletier. Anonymous’s YouTube video includes a link to a document that says, “To the Boston Children’s Hospital why do you employ people that clearly do not put patient’s first? We demand that you terminate Alice W. Newton from her employment or you to shall feel the full unbridled wrath of Anonymous. Test us and you shall fail.” Newton is the former head of child abuse prevention at Children’s Hospital.
The FBI searched Gottesfeld’s home in October 2014 as part of its investigation into the hospital hack but “forgot” to add a part to their complaint, that the alleged reason behind the attack was in reference to the abuse that Justina was receiving. Since the FBI left out Justina’s name and her suffering from its complaint against him, many outlets merely printed that he allegedly “cyber-attacked” a hospital.
Martin faces 5 years in prison and $380,000 in restitution to Justina’s tormentors. He is currently being held at the MCC New York in the SHU (solitary confinement) as he is on hunger strike since October 3, 2016 awaiting for notification of trial.