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Alleged NASA Hacker's Appeal Begins

From: UFO UpDates - Toronto <ufoupdates.nul>
Date: Thu, 15 Feb 2007 09:08:03 -0500
Fwd Date: Thu, 15 Feb 2007 09:08:03 -0500
Subject: Alleged NASA Hacker's Appeal Begins

Source: ZDNet.Com - San Francisco, California, USA


February 14, 2007

Alleged NASA Hacker's Appeal Begins
By Colin Barker, ZDNet (UK)

Gary McKinnon, the U.K. citizen accused of breaking into and
damaging NASA's computers, has begun an appeal against
extradition to the U.S.

Edmund Lawson, who is defending McKinnon, told a hearing at
London's High Court that McKinnon faced up to 60 years'
imprisonment if he was convicted in the U.S., where he could be
tried under its antiterrorism legislation. The appeal hearing
began on Tuesday.

McKinnon is accused of illegally hacking into 97 U.S. government
computers in 2001 and 2002, causing $700,000 worth of damage. In
an interview with CNET News.com's sister site ZDNet UK, McKinnon
admitted accessing the computers as part of his search for
evidence of extraterrestrial life, but denied deliberately doing
any damage.

In May 2006, a British judge ruled that McKinnon should be
extradited to the U.S. to face these charges.

Lawson said that McKinnon had been offered a deal by U.S.
authorities, under which he would receive a shorter sentence if
he stopped fighting extradition. This offer had been rejected,
and constituted an "improper approach" to McKinnon, Lawson said.

Representing the U.S. authorities, Max Summers told the court
that the U.S. was not able to refute this claim immediately and
would need an adjournment to consider it.

The High Court appeal case was adjourned on Wednesday afternoon,
and the judges will now deliberate on whether this new evidence
can be considered.

McKinnon was taken ill as his appeal against extradition
continued. According to those close to McKinnon, he suffered
heart palpitations on Wednesday. "The case has all become too
much for him," a friend told ZDNet UK.

If he loses his U.K. appeal, McKinnon may try to appeal to the
European Court of Human Rights, although this move may be
blocked by the High Court.

Colin Barker reported for ZDNet UK in London.

[Thanks to Stuart Miller of http://uforeview.net/ for the lead]

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