Jackson Cosko pleaded guilty to five felonies related to the “doxxing” of his political targets.
Legal analysts point out that District Court Judge Thomas Hogan was trying to send a “harsh warning” to government employees, by sentencing Cosko to four years in federal prison.
Cosko pleaded guilty “to crimes related to an unparalleled effort to ransack a Senate office, extorting a Democratic senator, illegally harming Republicans for their political views, and blackmailing a witness.”
In the intense heat of Justice Brett Kavanaugh’s confirmation hearings, Cosko, a liberal office worker, decided to publicly release the cell phone numbers and home addresses of several prominent Senators.
Supposedly under the watchful eye of Representative Sheila Jackson Lee, Cosko used his position to “weaponize government resources against political adversaries.”
“The son of the CEO of a major construction company who has close ties to House Speaker Nance Pelosi and Sen. Dianne Feinstein,” Cosko hacked Senate computers, and used “spy devices” to gather the personal data he released.
Since what happened with Imran Awan and his family doesn’t officially count, Judge Hogan called what Cosko did, “the largest data breach in Senate history.”
As the judge told him in court:
“It was a rather vicious offense. You were upset politically, perhaps you thought in today’s world it’s OK to lash out because of that, but it’s not. There needs to be a deterrent. You put those people in harm’s way in a polarized society. You can’t pass this off as simple political extremity that is okay to do.”
His victims were Senators Mike Lee, Orrin Hatch, Rand Paul and Lindsey Graham.
“In today’s political world, Republicans at the baseball game in Virginia were shot at, judge Hogan noted. “It hurts the respect for the law when people do things like this.”
Deep State Journal did some digging, and explain that when Cosko wandered into the office of his former supervisor, Senator Maggie Hassan, to snatch some files, he was busted.
“Another staffer in Hassan’s office recognized Cosko and reported him, so he sent the staffer an email threatening to “leak it all” if the staffer told anyone what he had done.”
Politico put their two cents in by reporting that “Samantha Deforest Davis, a former staff assistant for Hassan, was expected to plead guilty to two misdemeanor charges for helping Cosko. Davis allegedly tampered with evidence and aided and abetted computer fraud by allowing Cosko to use her keys to repeatedly return to Hassan’s office after he was let go.”