The work he's doing now doesn't even relate to the activities he participated in since those bridges are long ago burned. These days the feebs are providing him with lists of infosec folks they haven't been able to get anything on who he then tries to befriend and then encourages them to commit crimes that he suggests.
Quite the committed activist.
I doubt he's above entrapping innocent people either, if he thinks it will get him less time.
That kind of wording makes it sound like they could, in effect, postpone it forever.