Computer hacker Adrian Lamo has been released on bail after being charged with breaking in to the computer network of The New York Times.
No plea has yet been entered in the case because no indictments have been filed against Lamo, according to the US Attorney's Office for the Southern District of New York. The government is continuing to investigate Lamo, and a grand jury is likely to hear evidence about his alleged criminal activities before any indictments are filed.
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Lamo turned himself in to the FBI after initially surrendering to US Marshals in Sacramento, California.
Bail was set at $250,000 (£156,000) and Lamo was released on a bond secured by equity in his parents' house.
The FBI launched an investigation into Lamo's alleged unauthorised intrusion into the internal networks of The New York Times in February 2002.
Stacey Cowley and Paul Roberts writes for IDG News Service