Gary McKinnon: Pentagon hacker’s worst nightmare comes true

For the past seven years, in bedsits in Crouch End and Bounds Green, north London, the Pentagon hacker and UFO buff Gary McKinnon has – according to his family and friends – been suffering one long anxiety attack. He’s prone to regular fits of fainting and thoughts of suicide. He’s written that he can’t look himself in his eyes when he’s shaving in case the sight of himself sets the spiral off. He jumps out of his skin if someone touches him by surprise. I’ve met him sporadically during these years and can vouch that he’s a chainsmoking, terrified shell.”I’m walking down the road and I find I can’t control my own legs,” he has told me. “And I’m sitting up all night thinking about jail. About male rape. An American jail. I’m only a little nerd … My life is like walking through a world you know is probably going to end.”And yesterday, at 10am, it did. The high court ruled that extradition to America was “a lawful and proportionate response to Gary McKinnon’s offending”. It is unlikely that anything will stop it now. How did he become, in the eyes of US prosecutors, the man who committed “the biggest US military hack of all time”? And does he deserve his fate?
http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2009/aug/01/gary-mckinnon-extradition-nightmareAlso see:Hacker Gary McKinnon loses appeal against extradition to US
There were emotional scenes outside the high court today after computer hacker Gary McKinnon lost a further attempt to avoid his extradition to America on charges of breaching US military and Nasa computers.McKinnon, who has been diagnosed with Asperger’s syndrome, would suffer from a “severe mental breakdown” if forced to serve up to 60 years in an American jail, his mother, Janis Sharp, said, pleading with politicians to intervene.
http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2009/jul/31/gary-mckinnon-hacker-aspergers-us
http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2009/jul/31/gary-mckinnon-loses-extradition-appealHacker’s Extradition to U.S. More Likely
A High Court ruling on Friday brought Britain an important step closer to extraditing a 43-year-old British computer hacker to the United States despite claims by the man’s lawyers that he is a harmless eccentric with a form of autism, and not a cyberterrorist, as American prosecutors have asserted.The man, Gary McKinnon, has admitted that he hacked into dozens of American military computers from his apartment in north London in 2001 and 2002, saying he was looking for information on U.F.O.’s. The latest court ruling rejected his request for a judicial review of a government decision last year approving an American request for his extradition. The court order also rejected his bid to be tried in Britain.
http://www.nytimes.com/2009/08/01/world/europe/01britain.html

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