Pentagon Hacker Gary McKinnon Appeals against US Extradition


It seems like it’s getting really serious in the Gary McKinnon case, he’s facing what looks like his last appeal against the US anti-terror law case against him for hacking some NASA systems by guessing the weak passwords.

Not like he’s really a terrorist, or did any damage…he did something very stupid though, bruised the ego of the US..not a good idea.

Gary McKinnon, the Pentagon hacker, faces what might be his last appeal hearing against extradition on 13 February 2007 at London’s Court of Appeal.

McKinnon, 40, faces possible trial under US anti-terror laws over alleged attacks on military and NASA systems between 2001 and 2002. The Scot lost his first appeal against extradition in an High Court hearing last July but the unemployed sysadmin was given leave to take his case to a higher court. Failure this time around will mean that the only possible avenue left to him would be an appeal to the House of Lords, to avoid charges which might land him in prison for up to 70 years.

Come on, how is he a terrorist..he’s just another geek who believes in the cover ups about UFOs and extra terrestrial life forms. He was just digging around to get some info that he believes should be free, he had no nefarious intentions.

McKinnon has had these charges over his head since March 2002, when he was arrested by officers from the UK’s National High Tech Crime Unit. The case against him lay dormant until July 2005 – he’s been unable to find work since then. His lawyers say he should be tried in the UK over his offences, rather than the US.

McKinnon (AKA Solo) admits he looked at computer systems without permission, but claims he did no harm. He got involved in hacking after reading Disclosure by Stephen Grea, which convinced him that the US had harvested advanced technology from UFOs and kept this knowledge secret, to the detriment of the public.

He better be careful anyway, it’s really looking rather serious for our friend Gary.

Source: The Register

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6 Responses to Pentagon Hacker Gary McKinnon Appeals against US Extradition

  1. booba January 16, 2007 at 7:34 am #

    Do you always post news that have one or two month old ?

  2. Darknet January 16, 2007 at 8:36 am #

    booba: Quite often yah, sometimes it’s 3 months old :) It really depends how busy I am. I only post stuff that is still relevant though.

  3. John January 16, 2007 at 2:22 pm #

    But it’s still interesting. ;)

  4. Darknet January 16, 2007 at 5:33 pm #

    John: I’m glad you found it interesting, I posted it because it interested me and most people regularly reading Darknet have also been following the case.

  5. UFO Sightings February 10, 2009 at 3:42 pm #

    This story has moved on somewhat but I think it is important to mention (as I cannot see it anywhere here) that Gary has in fact been diagnosed as suffering from Aspergers syndrome which is a form of autism. This of course renders him somewhat naive in his actions and for this reason I cannot see the case for extradition coming to fruition….

  6. Darknet February 10, 2009 at 3:48 pm #

    UFO Sightings: This was posted in January 2007, of course the case has moved on – check the latest post – Gary McKinnon Wins Right to Appeal Against Extradition