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'Biggest Hacker Of All Time' Fights Extradition

From: UFO UpDates - Toronto <ufoupdates.nul>
Date: Wed, 14 Feb 2007 10:10:51 -0500
Fwd Date: Wed, 14 Feb 2007 10:10:51 -0500
Subject: 'Biggest Hacker Of All Time' Fights Extradition

Source: The Glasgow Herald - Scotland


February 14 2007

'Biggest Hacker Of All Time' Fights Extradition
David Leask

A Scot accused of carrying out the "biggest military computer
hack of all time" yesterday launched a High Court fight to stop
his extradition to the United States.

Gary McKinnon, 41, originally from Glasgow, is wanted by US
authorities for allegedly breaking into 100 Pentagon and Nasa
computers in a bid to find evidence of UFOs.

Home Secretary John Reid last year granted the US request to
extradite him for trial.

Mr McKinnon's lawyers yesterday argued that he had been
subjected to "improper threats" and warned that the self-
confessed hacker could face up to 60 years in jail.

Supporters said McKinnon was being made a "scapegoat" for the
shortcomings of security policies on US military networks.

Edmund Lawson, QC, yesterday told two judges at the High Court
in London that US authorities had made threats during the plea
bargaining attempt in 2003 which infringed his family and
private life rights under Article 8 of the European Convention
on Human Rights.

Mr Lawson said: "It was indicated that if he didn't co-operate
there would be no repatriation because that could be effectively
blocked by the prosecutor.

"That, we contend, was an improper threat that could engage this
court's abuse of process jurisdiction."

Mr McKinnon has never denied he wandered around the computer
networks of a wide number of US military institutions between
February 2001 and March 2002. He was arrested in November 2002.

But he has maintained he was motivated by curiosity and only got
into networks because of lax security.

Mr McKinnon has claimed that, while logged on to a Nasa
computer, he saw - but was unable to save - a picture of a
cigar-shaped UFO in orbit.

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