Agreed, he is smart enough to know releasing such things anonymously is the safer way to go but his ego got the best of him so now as you said he will have to face whatever legal consequences are involved.
I still think in the end Sony won't be able to prove their IP case and GeoHot will win, but they may win the extortion part... time will tell. Apparently the GeoHot trial got Federal Judge Susan Illston: news.cnet.com/Judge-DVD-copying-software-is-illegal/2100-1025_3-5162749.html
Also, please don't submit new articles on this as we only delete them as dupes. We will create a new thread/article when a court verdict on his case is in... until then, all updates are being added to this ongoing thread for discussion.