One of the leaders of Anonymous’ #OpCatalonia2019 in support of independence and democracy protestors in Catalonia has been arrested in Spain. Known as XeljomundoX, the Anonymous member was one of the prime hacktivist leaders in the online support movement.
XeljomundoX is said to have been arrested for their alleged role in advertising and encouraging not just the Catalonian protests which took place this week, but also for their role in encouraging cyber attacks against the Spanish Government with a video shared to social media this past Monday.
As was first reported to Rogue Media Labs by Anonymous News yesterday, “The former hacktivist arrested again #Anonymous @YourAnonXelj. He was also arrested for cyber attacks on 1-O and they ask him for 11 years in jail. Now accused of spreading a video of which he is not part of the attacks.”
On top of that, as was reported by the Spanish news paper El Confidencial today “One of the ‘hackers’ linked to the one known as #OpCatalonia2019, a series of cyberattacks launched this week in protest of the ‘procés’ ruling, has been arrested this morning by the National Police at his home in Tarragona. He is accused of alleged crime of computer damage for being behind a video announcing the cyberattack campaign that occurred as of Monday.”
In case you had not seen it or were curious, here is the video he was arrested for…
This is also the second time XeljomudoX has been arrested. They were previously arrested by Spanish authorities earlier this calendar year, in January 2019, following their participation in various international hacking campaigns. Most notably, the hacks and leaks associated with the original #OpCatalonia which took place throughout 2017 and the months/years to follow.
For example, other members of Anonymous put out a video this evening in support of XeljomudoX, stolen video footage detailing the search of Xel’s home and seizure of his computer and social accounts from this past March.
Arrested on Thursday in response to the above video, the General Information Commission of the National Police Corps has accused Xej of computer damage and “revealing secrets” related to information released as part of Anonymous’ #OpCatalonia.
Speaking in a recent Kaos inverview, Xej feared that the Spanish state would look to imprison him for up to 11 years.
“For the crime of computer year they could ask me for two to five years in prison, and for revelation of secrets between two and 6 years. They could get me to sentence 11 years in prison”XeljomundoX
The recent wave of protests, activism and clashes surrounding the Catalan independence movement began on Monday after the Spanish supreme court jailed nine Catalan leaders over their roles in the movement’s 2017 attempt at independence. The court found the nine guilty of crimes ranging from sedition to misuse of public funds and disobedience.
The former Catalan vice-president Oriol Junqueras was convicted of sedition and misuse of public funds and given a sentence of 13 years in prison. The former Catalan foreign minister Raül Romeva, labour minister Dolors Bassa and regional spokesman Jordi Turull were given 12 years for the same offences. The former speaker of the Catalan parliament Carme Forcadell was sentenced to 11 and a half years, former interior minister Joaquim Forn and territorial minister Josep Rull were given 10 and half years. Activists Jordi Cuixart and Jordi Sànchez were given nine years for sedition.
There has been a widespread belief that the sentences are disproportionate, authoritarian and an affront to the integrity of moral justice.
This article originally appeared on Rogue Media Labs and is shared under a content sharing agreement. Stylistic changes have been made and some additions have also been made to provide background information.
If you’d like to learn more about this weeks cyber campaign, you can read more here: https://roguemedia.co/2019/10/15/the-highlights-fallout-damage-from-opcatalonia2019/