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Former Reuters employee pleads not guilty to Anonymous charges

Matthew Keys -- the social media editor fired from his position at Reuters Monday for reasons he believes could be political -- pleaded not guilty Tuesday to federal charges that he conspired with members of Anonymous to attack websites of  the Tribune Co., his former employer.

According to the government's indictment, Keys provided Anonymous hackers with information including usernames and passwords to access Tribune Co. sites in late 2010, after he was fired from his job at a Tribune-owned station in Sacramento, Calif. Keys has rejected a plea bargain and, if found guilty, could face up to 25 years in prison and a fine of up to $750,000. His attorneys argue that although Keys had communicated with Anons via online chat rooms, it was someone posing as the journalist who provided the Tribune Co. access to information.

"There's an incongruity to all of this that we're hoping to get to the bottom of in the next couple months," Keys' attorney Jay Leidermantold HuffPo.

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