Supporters of Hammond had hoped for a shorter sentence. More than 250 letters were submitted to the US District Court for the Southern District of New York expressing support for Hammond, and more than 4,000 signed an online petition asking that he be sentenced for time served. The Electronic Frontier Foundation, which also submitted a letter to the court, said ordering the maximum sentence of 10 years was too harsh.
"We're very disappointed," Hanni Fakhoury, a staff attorney for the EFF, said in a statement to CNET. "We think 10 years is way too long."