Obama Introduces UFO Hacker McKinnon To The Audacity of Hope
The Daily Telegraph reported today that Barack Obama has indicated that a compromise may be reached in the U.S. government’s long-standing extradition proceedings against British computer hacker Gary McKinnon.
McKinnon, who suffers from Asperger’s Syndrome, has admitted to breaking into U.S. military computers in 2001 while searching for evidence that the U.S. government is withholding information about UFOs and associated extraterrestrial propulsion technologies.
British Prime Minister David Cameron raised McKinnon’s case during a July 20 meeting with Obama in Washington and later told the BBC that a compromise might entail McKinnon serving part of his sentence on British soil.
Speaking at a news conference with Cameron, Obama said, “I trust that this will get resolved in a way that underscores the seriousness of the issue, but also underscores the fact that we work together and we can find an appropriate solution.”
Explaining that it would be inappropriate for him to influence ongoing legal discussions, however, Obama said that he would not get personally involved with the case.
The U.S. government has claimed that McKinnon caused $5K damage to each of the computers he accessed, an amount that happens to be the threshold to trigger extradition according to the controversial extradition treaty signed by the U.S. and Great Britain in 2003.
This coincidence has not escaped the attention of McKinnon’s army of vocal supporters in the U.K., nor has the asymmetrical terms of the treaty which some argue give the United States Patriot Act-like authority to bypass the British legal system in its pursuit of British citizens.
The U.S. is claiming over $700,000 in damages. If convicted here, McKinnon could face up to 60 years in prison.
The Register reports that Janis Sharp, McKinnon’s mother, said in a Twitter update, "I'm amazed and over the moon that David Cameron has discussed Gary's case with Obama & there's hope."
As quoted in The Guardian, McKinnon's lawyer, Karen Todner, said, "We're very pleased that David Cameron has raised this and had a face-to-face discussion about Gary. Obama has used the term 'an appropriate solution' and the appropriate solution is that he stands trial in the UK."
X-Conference organizer Stephen Bassett has stated repeatedly his belief that the U.S. will never bring McKinnon to trial. Doing so, he’s argued, would require the prosecution to confront allegations of secrecy regarding UFOs, a topic the U.S. government typically avoids.