By Jamie Doward
home affairs editor
July 27 2008
When he wakes up this morning, Gary McKinnon will be 72 hours from
learning whether he is on the fast track to a 60-year prison sentence,
thanks to his obsession with aliens.
McKinnon, 42, from Enfield in north London, is accused by American
prosecutors of illegally accessing top-secret computer systems in what
they claimed in one legal document was 'the biggest military computer
hack of all time'.
The self-taught IT expert insists he was simply looking for information
the US government had on UFOs and is adamant that he never damaged any
of its computer systems. This argument, however, cuts little ice with
the Americans, who are trying to extradite him. Five years after being
told by British police that he would probably get a six-month community
service order for his exploits, McKinnon finds himself still wanted by
the US authorities. A 2006 High Court ruling granted the extradition
request, and on Wednesday the House of Lords will decide on McKinnon's
appeal against that ruling.
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