Whether computer hacker Gary McKinnon is extradited to the United States to stand trial rests in the hands of the British legal system, Obama stated during a press conference during his UK visit.
McKinnon was arrested in 2002 after breaking into computer networks of the U.S. Army, Navy, Air Force, Department of Defense, and NASA, causing close to $800,000 in damage. He said his intention was to search for information on alien technology and anti-gravity propulsion systems.
McKinnon revealed a bit of what he found during an interview with the Guardian UK in 2005. It reads:
“I found a list of officers’ names,” he claims, “under the heading ‘Non-Terrestrial Officers’.”
“Non-Terrestrial Officers?” I say.
“Yeah, I looked it up,” says Gary, “and it’s nowhere. It doesn’t mean little green men. What I think it means is not earth-based. I found a list of ‘fleet-to-fleet transfers’, and a list of ship names. I looked them up. They weren’t US navy ships. What I saw made me believe they have some kind of spaceship, off-planet.”
“The Americans have a secret spaceship?” I ask.
“That’s what this trickle of evidence has led me to believe.”
If McKinnon is extradited to the US, he faces up to 70 years in prison. Whether that will happen, however, is still up in the air.
During the May 25 press conference, Obama stated, “It is now in the hands of the British legal system. We have confidence in the British legal system coming to a just conclusion. And so we await resolution and will be respectful of that process.”
Photo Credit: The Air Force cyberspace badge. (U.S. Air Force photo)