No more charges for Pentagon UFO hacker

By | December 16, 2012

No more charges for Pentagon UFO hacker

British prosecutors have said Gary McKinnon, a hacker wanted in the United States for breaking into military computer systems, will face no further criminal charges in Britain.

“The prospects of a conviction against Mr McKinnon which reflects the full extent of his alleged criminality are not high,” Keir Starmer, director of public prosecutions, said.

Starmer said there would have been considerable difficulties in bringing a case against the 46-year-old McKinnon in Britain.

“Most of the witnesses are in the US, as is nearly all the physical evidence and the bulk of the unused material, some of which is sensitive,” he said.

British and US authorities had discussed bringing US witnesses and evidence to Britain for a trial, but it was not deemed feasible.

McKinnon, who has Asperger’s syndrome, had waged a 10-year legal battle against extradition to the US which finally ended in October when Britain said it would not extradite him because of a high risk he would attempt suicide.

McKinnon’s mother Janis Sharp, who has campaigned vigorously for her son, said the news was “wonderful”.

“Gary was tearful because of the relief – he was so scared. It’s going to be such a nice Christmas not to have everything hanging over us.”

She added that she hoped US authorities would now drop their extradition warrant against McKinnon.

Looking for UFOs

McKinnon had admitted accessing US government computers but claimed he was looking for evidence of UFOs.

He was arrested in London in 2002 for hacking into dozens of Pentagon and NASA computers, leaving 300 machines at a naval air station immobilised just after the September 11, 2001 attacks.

He could have faced up to 60 years in a US jail for the breaches, which the US says caused $800,000 worth of damage.

The hacker lost appeals in Britain’s House of Lords and the European Court of Human Rights during his decade-long fight.

He was diagnosed in 2007 with Asperger’s a form of autism, after an expert on the condition watched him in a television interview and contacted McKinnon’s lawyer.

British Interior Minister Theresa May finally rejected US demands to extradite him in October on the grounds that this would breach his human rights as he was “seriously ill”, but he still faced possible prosecution in Britain until Friday.

via Pulse

4 thoughts on “No more charges for Pentagon UFO hacker

  1. Gast

    For the record, during one of his interviews Gary stated that he could not take screenshots at the time due to software used; it was some Java Applet which works kind of like flash – you can watch it but print screen command will not result in a screen shot. Assuming that he was totally stoned every day for over a year when doing his research, ekhm… I mean criminal activity, may be a bit hurtful.

    1. Xeno Post author

      Why didn’t he just disable hardware acceleration or at the very least take photos of the screen? I guess he’s was too “shocked” … but you spend all that time hacking, then find what you seek and don’t capture it? Hard to believe.

      “McKinnon hacked into Johnson’s systems and said he found a high definition picture of a large cigar shaped object over the northern hemisphere. He said that he was so shocked by the picture that he didn’t think to immediately save it. He also said that the file size was so large that is was difficult to view it on his computer. Eventually his connection was lost, and so was the picture.

      The most shocking find to McKinnon, the one he thought would be his ace in the hole negotiating with the US government, was what he found hacking into the systems of US Space Command. McKinnon says he found a log that listed non-terrestrial officers. He doesn’t believe that these were aliens, but he believes this to be evidence that the US military has a secret battalion in space. Some of these logs were ship to ship transfers, but he says he was usually smoking pot when he hacked, so that prevented him from remembering the names of the ships. McKinnon told the Gaurdian: “I was smoking a lot of dope at the time. Not good for the intellect.”

      There are rumors that he has talked about the names of two of the ships he saw on the transfer logs, the names of the ships being the USSS LeMay and the USSS Hillenkoetter. Typically Navy ship names just have two S’, an acronym for United States Ship, however there are three S’ here, presumably standing for United States Space Ship. The names of the ships are also significant.”

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