In a statement, the Jeremy Hammond Support Committee said that “our assumption is that this the same grand jury that Chelsea Manning is currently being incarcerated for refusing to testify before.”
Manning, a former Army intelligence officer who leaked a host of files to WikiLeaks in 2010, is currently jailed for refusing to testify before an Eastern District of Virginia grand jury, widely believed to be related to an investigation of Assange.
Hammond, 34, was anti-Iraq War protester who hacked a number of sites he believed were tied to the military industrial complex and governments that didn’t respect human rights.
In 2013, Hammond pleaded guilty to hacking Stratfor, a Texas-based private intelligence company, as part of an Anonymous operation that gave the files to WikiLeaks. He received a 10-year prison sentence under the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act.
A spokesman for the US Attorney’s Office in the Eastern District of Virginia declined to comment. Federal prosecutors have been reticent to say who or what still may be under investigation.