NASA hacker won't be extradited to U.S. due to Asperger's


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U.K. citizen Gary McKinnon will not be extradited to the U.S. for his suspected role in the intrusion of sensitive government computers, namely those of NASA, the U.S. Army and U.S. Navy. British officials have refused to send McKinnon abroad...

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Speaks more to the ineptitude of the US military I.T. than anything this poor sap did. Smack him on the wrist and say don't do it again


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"He claims that he found photographic evidence of UFOs, but couldn't download the huge unprocessed files over his meager dial-up connection."

Seems legit.


Good, more countries need to start standing up against the US who think they can police the world. While it was a conditional "no" due to the situation, this should be a more common occurrence.


@NTAPRO: Yes, because an "unidentified flying object" is inconceivable. Similar to having a 56k modem internet connection in the United Kingdom over a decade ago.


Yeah, the world shouldn't extradite people to the US that do malicious harm to US networks. troll.

Though, given his autism, I don't begrudge this one. But at least find something legit to resist the US on.


Maybe you're just short sighted, but I wasn't trolling. I believe you should be punished in your country by your own country's laws. Especially if you were physically in your own country at the time....

Visit a foreign country and steal a loaf of bread because you're starving, should you be punished by the laws of your own country, or by that foreign country (possibly have your hand chopped off)... While it almost makes sense to have your hand chopped off since you broke the law in that country and that is the consequence there... How can you say it makes sense to punish someone by a foreign law that they broke virtually?..

Seriously, you're the troll. He should go to prison but not in the US; in the UK.


Obviously, he committed the crime in brittain, so he should therefore be prosecuted in brittain.


There is no way he should go to prison anywhere, let alone 60 years in prison in the US... one of the most ludicrous cases ever.


He commited the crime in america, anyway they should be offering him a job.....he can work from home...
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Ok if I'm reading these posts correctly. Ppl believe he commited a crime but shouldnt be punished for it? I dont give two shakes of a rats *** if he is Autistic. Ive known plenty of ppl with Aspergers. They are high functioning, just they have a few more "quirks" then other ppl. Ten years+ is awhile back, but that still doesnt change the fact that he broke into US military computers. Back then the Laws were just as mirky on the internet and crimes as they are now. Maybe not toss him in prison, but definatly make him pay for his crime. Jesus what are ppl turning into, bleeding hearts who fold like tissue? If you commited the crime, I"m 100% sure you would be expected to pay for your crime. Just seems like anymore ppl are willing to forgive anything when it happends to someone else. But when it happends to them they go coo coo for cocopuffs.


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If only this dude had a fibre line. I would have loved to see them UFO pics myself. The pics probably would have landed up on pirate bay. haha

Jack Reacher

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Leave it to the Brits to claim "human rights" because this slug got caught violating the law and doesn't want to pay for the crime. That is what's wrong with society. Everyone is given a built-in excuse for being a dumbsh*t and committing crimes. Epic Fail here.


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If they had an issue with someone ten years ago, they should have taken action ten years ago. People change over the coarse of time and should not be punished for something after ten years have passed. If someone is to be punished, they should be punished before they have a chance to change lifestyle or attitude. The epic fail here is not taking action ten years ago when the crime was committed.


The biggest fail here is "Jack Reacher", who is clearly a dink-schlink.


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It's not often in recent in years justice is done but it has been here . Should have been done 10 years ago though and I fell sorry for the guy and his family.

The US is clearly abusing it's power in this instance , some of the claims they have made regarding this case are just nonsense and stupid. not good for the US's image abroad .