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UK Blocks Extradition of Hacker Gary McKinnon

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Home Secretary Theresa May says extradition would breach McKinnon's human rights.

The extradition of Gary McKinnon to the United States has been blocked. According to the BBC, Home Secretary Theresa May says there's no question that McKinnon is seriously ill and that the extradition warrant against him should be withdrawn. According to May, whether or not McKinnon should face trial in the United Kingdom is now up to the Director of Public Prosecutions, Keir Starmer QC.

"[McKinnon] has Asperger's syndrome, and suffers from depressive illness," the BBC quotes May as saying "The legal question before me is now whether the extent of that illness is sufficient to preclude extradition. After careful consideration of all of the relevant material, I have concluded that Mr McKinnon's extradition would give rise to such a high risk of him ending his life that a decision to extradite would be incompatible with Mr McKinnon's human rights."

McKinnon is accused of scanning over 73,000 U.S. government computers (including NASA and Pentagon machines) and gaining access to 97 of them with his dial-up modem and some off-the-shelf software. He allegedly took over 2,000 computers offline at the U.S. Army Military District of Washington for 24 hours and disabled a network of 300 machines at a Naval weapons station in New Jersey. His antics cost the U.S. government a reported $700,000 in damages. McKinnon's hacking was, he claims, an effort to uncover X-Files type information regarding UFOs that he thought the government was trying to hide.

McKinnon has been battling extradition to the United States for a decade.

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    ozvip3r , October 17, 2012 12:01 AM
    He has asperger's syndrome, should not be extradited if he is mentally ill. The yanks will mistreat the shit out of him, the world needs to be very careful who they extradite to the US. Only convicted criminals should ever be extradited coz an innocent person is fucked anyway. They won't get a fair trial and will be proven guilty if that's what the US wants. Also you should never be extradited there if u didn't commit a crime there. My understanding is he was in Britain when he hacked into the shitty networks. Someone needs to share the atrocities committed by the US government to keep them accountable. There just like the Russians.
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    fonzy , October 17, 2012 12:12 AM
    If this guy was able to pull off hacking into the Pentagon and NASA on a 56k modem then it's scary to think what a team of real hackers from China,Russia,India..etc have been able to get into.

    I still think this is some kind of disinformation being spread but if it's true then the people in charge of security should be the ones being interrogated.
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    IndignantSkeptic , October 16, 2012 11:51 PM
    Did he actually disable all those computers or did the USA government disable those computers because when they noticed a security breach they panicked and didn't know what else to do besides overreact?
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    IndignantSkeptic , October 16, 2012 11:51 PM
    Did he actually disable all those computers or did the USA government disable those computers because when they noticed a security breach they panicked and didn't know what else to do besides overreact?
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    cuecuemore , October 16, 2012 11:58 PM
    If he did what he's accused of, then he's a hero in my book.
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    ozvip3r , October 17, 2012 12:01 AM
    He has asperger's syndrome, should not be extradited if he is mentally ill. The yanks will mistreat the shit out of him, the world needs to be very careful who they extradite to the US. Only convicted criminals should ever be extradited coz an innocent person is fucked anyway. They won't get a fair trial and will be proven guilty if that's what the US wants. Also you should never be extradited there if u didn't commit a crime there. My understanding is he was in Britain when he hacked into the shitty networks. Someone needs to share the atrocities committed by the US government to keep them accountable. There just like the Russians.
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    fonzy , October 17, 2012 12:12 AM
    If this guy was able to pull off hacking into the Pentagon and NASA on a 56k modem then it's scary to think what a team of real hackers from China,Russia,India..etc have been able to get into.

    I still think this is some kind of disinformation being spread but if it's true then the people in charge of security should be the ones being interrogated.
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    Anonymous , October 17, 2012 12:22 AM
    Whoever was in charge of the IT security at these "hacked" facilities should be the person on trial. How god damn long did it take them to find out that someone using a dial up modem was getting in to their systems from overseas? It must've taken an hour to do anything - this could not have even been a one day ordeal...
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    madjimms , October 17, 2012 12:45 AM
    I think he needs to be HIRED by an antivirus company! or just do it again & put everything on wikileaks...
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    zybch , October 17, 2012 1:00 AM
    About damn time this hideous charade ended, and for onc the UK govt has made the right and moral choice instead of bending over and bracing themselves for yet another ass-reaming by the US.
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    nieur , October 17, 2012 1:11 AM
    if he hasn't used information for any violence then US government should praise him for showing the security breaches .
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    cumi2k4 , October 17, 2012 3:33 AM
    looks like he will be a valuable asset for supporting james bond... why should the britain surrender this talent
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    echondo , October 17, 2012 4:23 AM
    fonzyIf this guy was able to pull off hacking into the Pentagon and NASA on a 56k modem then it's scary to think what a team of real hackers from China,Russia,India..etc have been able to get into.I still think this is some kind of disinformation being spread but if it's true then the people in charge of security should be the ones being interrogated.


    Please note this quote:

    "McKinnon has been battling extradition to the United States for a decade."

    This happened back in 2002, 56K modems were still pretty standard even for that time...now trying to do that now? Yeah, no, ain't going to happen.
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    alidan , October 17, 2012 5:46 AM
    so, his illness makes him a great hacker... sign me up
    it makes me socially awkward and clumsy... sign me up again...

    at least that way i would have some awesome skills and an excuse for being socially awkward and clumsy

    with that said, i dont believe anyone who has a mental disorder should EVER be shielded from the law.

    someone whos a retard kills people, i believe put him to death, he will never get better
    same with people who decide to stop taking medication and turn violent, they will not get better and will become a danger when they decide i don't need meds anymore and stop taking them.
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    Anonymous , October 17, 2012 10:29 AM
    This story has finally restored some of my pride in being British.
    For over a decade we've heard American politicians and military types saying that Gary will be fried or placed in jail until he rots... no wonder there was fear that he would take his own life.
    Now the UK government needs to decide if there is a further case for him to answer with regards to UK law, again another correct choice. I hope they take his medical conditions into account and also accept that for the last decade his life he has been under the most intense fear and that the conditions placed upon him have caused massive problems for his medical condition. We need to accept that he committed a serious crime but also that there are factors that could be considered mitigating for a lot of it.
    I think we need to leave it to medical experts and the UK courts to deal with now.
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    stuart72 , October 17, 2012 10:43 AM
    echondoPlease note this quote:"McKinnon has been battling extradition to the United States for a decade."This happened back in 2002, 56K modems were still pretty standard even for that time...now trying to do that now? Yeah, no, ain't going to happen.


    modem speed had nothing to do with it. Basically he was running a perl script against .gov and NASA servers that looked for administrator accounts with no password set, it wasn't rocket science.

    Doesn't matter at that point really what kind of hardware / software firewall you have in place if you don't actualy bother to set the admin password. Previous posters are right - the people running these servers should have been fired and probably charged with criminal negligence, because at the end of the day McKinnon was only the guy they caught.
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    darkguset , October 17, 2012 12:44 PM
    .. and at the same time, a few blocks further down, they are pushing for Assange's arrest and extradition... LOL! Nobody likes double standards!...
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    AntiZig , October 17, 2012 1:22 PM
    What a lot of you guys missed is the little note that this extradition process has gone on for 10 years. The guy did the hacking in 2002 or even earlier.
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    magikherbs , October 17, 2012 1:52 PM
    deathtojewsAnother criminal slips through the net thanks to liberal faggotry


    Criminal ? Knowing the truth is a fundamental human right !

    Conservative estimates show there are over 2 million dead in Afghanistan and Iraq since the 'war on terror' began. You tell me who the REAL criminals are !

    Your vote and tax dollar make YOU an accessory to crimes against humanity ! How do you plead ?

    pEACe
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    spentshells , October 17, 2012 2:04 PM
    deathtojewsAnother criminal slips through the net thanks to liberal faggotry


    TROLL OR PLANT ?
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