A former web producer for KTXL FOX40 in Sacramento pleaded not guilty Tuesday to federal charges of conspiring to gain unauthorized access to a server and alter a Los Angeles Times web headline.
Matthew Keys, 26, entered the plea through his attorney, Jason Leiderman, and was ordered released without bail. He is scheduled back in court June 26 for a status conference.
In the courthouse hall after the proceeding, Leiderman said Keys is innocent. Asked why he is sure, the attorney said, "Because he didn't do it."
With Keys looking on, the attorney told reporters his client is not talking to the press. Nor would two women with Keys comment or identify themselves.
The government contends Keys passed on to the hacker group "Anonymous" the log-in credentials to the computer system of The Tribune Co., which owns the Los Angeles Times, FOX40 and other media properties.
Keys did this in December 2010, according to a federal grand jury indictment. Since he is charged in Sacramento, he presumably supplied the information after he was fired two months earlier by FOX40 and before he moved to New Jersey and took a job with the Reuters news agency in New York.
Keys reported Monday via his Twitter account that he had been fired by Thomson Reuters Corp.
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