Brown urged to keep hacker in UK

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    4me2 said:

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    Supporters of Gary McKinnon want him to be tried in the UK


    Prime Minister Gordon Brown has been urged to halt the extradition to the US of computer hacker Gary McKinnon.
    Mr McKinnon, from Wood Green, north London, faces up to 70 years in prison if found guilty in the US of breaking into military computers.
    Supporters held a vigil and delivered a letter to Downing Street calling for him to be tried in the UK instead.
    Campaigners said the fact that Mr McKinnon has Asperger's Syndrome should be taken into account.
    Decision due
    Glasgow-born Mr McKinnon trespassed on networks owned by Nasa, the US Army, Navy, Air Force, and Department of Defense in 2001 and 2002.
    Despite taking his appeal to the House of Lords last year, he lost a six-year legal battle to avoid extradition.
    The European Court of Human Rights also declined to back Mr McKinnon's case against extradition.
    A decision on his proposed extradition is expected at a High Court hearing on 20 January.

    Gary is terrified, he's in pieces - the whole situation is heartbreaking, it's gone on for so long


    Janis Sharp, Gary McKinnon's mother


    Supporters held a candlelit protest outside the US Embassy on Friday.
    Mr McKinnon's mother Janis Sharp said: "Gary is terrified, he's in pieces. The whole situation is heartbreaking, it's gone on for so long."
    She added: "I think the US was embarrassed because Gary came out and said there were no passwords and no firewalls."
    The US military said that Mr McKinnon left 300 computers at a US Navy weapons station unusable immediately after the 11 September 2001 attacks.
    Mr McKinnon claims he was looking for UFO files.
    Nadine Stavonina-de Montagnac, co-founder of the Autistic Culture Movement and Free Gary campaign spokeswoman, said this kind of obsessive behaviour was characteristic of people with Asperger's. She said: "His obsession was so strong, he couldn't fight it. Even now Gary doesn't know what he's done wrong." She added: "He is such a vulnerable man and I'm relying on Gordon Brown to help him."



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    if brown was in the least bit savvy he'd get mi5/6 to employ him
     
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    tips said:

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    Quote Originally Posted by 4me2 View Post
    Campaigners said the fact that Mr McKinnon has Asperger's Syndrome should be taken into account.
    My lad's got Aspergers Syndrome, im gonna have to keep an eye on him as im sure he been hackin my porn passwords.
    Last edited by tips; 7th December 2008 at 08:33 PM.
     
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    Argyll said:

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    Glasgow-born Mr McKinnon
    Explains it all really!!!
    I understand and accept that some people hold opinions that are different to my own. Living in a free and democratic society, I fully embrace and respect their right to be wrong.
     
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    Glasgow-born Mr McKinnon trespassed on networks owned by Nasa, the US Army, Navy, Air Force, and Department of Defense in 2001 and 2002
    if anything he did them a favour.

    if he wanted this guy could clearly inflict some damage, but he was just a bit obsessive about ufos, let him go, give him a job.
     
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    C3Grimmy said:

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    he was just trying to reprogram there computers to avoid all there "FRIENDLY FIRE" against UK troops
    Last edited by C3Grimmy; 7th December 2008 at 10:05 PM. Reason: another typo
     
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    Ganty said:

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    Quote Originally Posted by marcode View Post
    if anything he did them a favour.

    if he wanted this guy could clearly inflict some damage, but he was just a bit obsessive about ufos, let him go, give him a job.
    Exactly. Put him as head of E-Security.

    This interests me -

    The US military said that Mr McKinnon left 300 computers at a US Navy weapons station unusable immediately after the 11 September 2001 attacks.
    Sounds like the military were talking shit to try and bag a conviction. You don't disable 300 computers without knowing about it ffs!
     
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    Undertaker said:

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    he said that they were using windows and no firewalls,

    probably unpatched versions
     
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    Brydo666 said:

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    The best thing would be to give him a job, but as said above the Americans are likely embarassed about the whole thing.