Writing for the web: Latest in the Gary Mckinnon extradition case

McKinnon ready and willing to stand trial in Britain after 10 year extradition battle

Gary Mckinnon was accused in 2002 of committing the biggest military computer hack of all time and was originially ordered to be extradited to the US.

If extradited to the US, Gary Mckinnon would face upto 70 years in jail.. But on the 16th October, home secretary Theresa May prevented the order, allowing Mckinnon to remain in the UK to serve his trial, saying 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.”

Over a period of 13 months, Mckinnon was accused of hacking into 97 US military and NASA computers using the name ‘Solo’. He is also accused of copying data, account files and passwords onto his own computer. Authorities claim the cost of tracking and correcting the problems McKinnon caused was over $700,000.

Mckinnon, a sufferer of Aspergers syndrome, states that he was ‘merely looking for evidence of free energy suppression and a cover-up of UFO activity and other technologies potentially useful to the public’

Thankful for the prevention of his extradition which sparked joy among his supporters and campaigners, Mckinnon has stated he is ready and willing to stand trial in Britain for his actions. He told the Daily Mail “I have always thought that if things went against me, I would just have to end it all and take my own life. Now I just feel that I have been set free.”




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