WASHINGTON — Albert Gonzalez, the leader of a network of hackers behind many of the largest data breaches around the country, had most of his impact as a leader of the hackers and not in being a great hacker himself, according to a panel convened to discuss his case.

The panel, which consisted of the prosecutor who won his convictions, a journalist which interviewed him extensively and the Secret Service agent which tracked him, told attendees at Visa’s Global Security Summit on Wednesday that Gonzalez has never claimed to a “premier hacker” but that he was very skilled at mustering the talents of others.

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