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What is the latest on Gary McKinnon? (UK/US Hacker case)

Asked by DarlingRhadamanthus (11213 points ) April 10th, 2011

Gary McKinnon is wanted for extradition to the United States for hacking into US government computers to find any information on ET’s. (You can read the whole story, etc on the ‘net).

The House of Lords held a session to discuss the matter on March 22/23 of this year and I cannot find any information on it at all in Google. Anyone know what happened? (Or where I can find the most recent information?)

Thank you in advance.

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KateTheGreat's avatar

Last I heard is that they were doing a huge mental check-up on him because he was going through depression and suicidal thoughts. He requested for a full analysis of his mental health to prevent being extradited. Ever since then, nothing really big has come from the case.

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RareDenver's avatar

As far as I recall they are waiting for more doctors reports on his aspergers and depression.

On a side note, who thinks he should be extradited and who doesn’t?

flutherother's avatar

Good question. The guy seems genuinely ill and has had this hanging over him for about ten years. I think they should give him a break. He broke into 100 US military computers. I think they should give him a medal for exposing the security weaknesses. They shouldn’t extradite him.

meiosis's avatar

I think he should be extradited. If you can’t do the time, don’t do the crime. His Aspergers was only diagnosed after his arrest, and given that a previous job of his was a hairdresser (not exactly an obvious choice for a sufferer) is fairly dubious.

@flutherother Would you give a burglar who broke into your house a medal for exposing your security weaknesses? I certainly wouldn’t.

flutherother's avatar

@meiosis He was burglar who never left his home and he didn’t hack into these computers with any malicious intent. No harm was done and presumably computer security has now been tightened up so you could say he did some good.

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