Re: Kaltern Proportionality? - FAIL!
@ Matt Bryant
Though that's a bit like claiming "hey, I taught that guy how to rape, but I never actually thought he'd do it"
So a gun manufacturer could say "Hey, I mass produced millions of guns (a device designed to kill, maim or injure), sold them to millions of people, but never thought anyone use one to kill/maim/injure someone".*
No, sorry, your argument doesn't work.
The problem is that sharing such code is standard practice. What is done with it after sharing is beyond the original creators control. While I agree that we should wait for all the evidence, there are some serious issues with the case already.
Firstly the mystery co-defendant.
Secondly, his admission of guilt (without legal representation present) - although if all he did was share the code, he probably though he wouldn't need representation. So [the most likely secinario is that] he was honest and admitted that the code was originally his (before being used by someone else in Kronos).
Thirdly the timing of his detention. If he was of such interest for so long, the FBI would have arrested him on entry, not exit. He would have been too much of a flight risk not to detain him on entry. Why do you think the FBI asked for him [in court at his indictment] to be detained without bail because they considered him to be a flight risk?
Fourthly, the lack of evidence presented at his indictment. While not all evidence needs to be presented by the prosecution, enough evidence must be shown for detention. All that was presented were accusations, not evidence (so not following standard legal procedure).
Fifthly, the extremely low level of bail set by the Judge. This is perhaps the most compelling, as it suggests that the total amount of evidence and it's quality (as seen by the Judge) is actually quite low (otherwise the bail would have been set in the millions, not tens of thousands).
I'm (and many others here) are not saying that he is innocent. But there is a lot about this case that smells fishy.
* US weapons manufacturers are all but immune from prosecution in such cases.