Was Gary McKinnon the victim of a Russian hacking plot ?

I met Gary McKinnon a few years ago and interviewed him over a beer. Over time I have come to the conclusion that despite the serious hacking crimes he committed, he needs help and a period of coummunity service, rather than a 60 year prison sentence. 

McKinnon certainly broke the law and caused damage when he hacked into US military systems. He may not have deleted files, or damaged software, but security specialists had no choice but to rebuild each machine he compromised. That is expensive, time consuming, and disruptive.

But I believe that McKinnon is telling the truth when he says that he was motivated to hack into US military computers by a desire to prove that the US government is covering-up evidence of UFOs.

He talked passionately about his late night hacking episodes, discovering pictures of UFO’s on military servers and evidence of a US space-corps. Sadly, for UFO conspiracy theorists, no evidence of his discoveries survives. 

Why are the US authorities so keen to extradite such a misguided soul ? One rumour going around security and law enforcement agencies might offer an explanation.

According to this latest theory, Russian intelligence had been running a covert programme to lure young people with Aspergers syndrome into hacking US government systems.  

You could imagine how a few rumours of UFO cover-ups and a little hacking advice at UFO discussion groups could have enticed impressionable people like McKinnon into attacking US military servers.

Is there any truth in the story ? I don’t know, but I am told the idea is being seriously discussed in the security community.

The timing of the rumour is also interesting. This week McKinnon won a reprieve from extradition, at least for now, when the new Home Secretary, Theresa May, adjourned a  judicial review in to the case.

What do you think ? Is there any credibility to the rumour ?

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This is a wind-up, right? Nobody knew McKinnon had Asperger's - not even McKinnon himself, least of all Russian government who are ignorant of High Finctioning autism and Asperger's is not even legally recognised as a condition in Russia! - until well AFTER McKinnon gained unauthorised access to NASA and Pentagon computers and the subsequent arrest and extradition. But I bet you don't know that it was a RUSSIAN living in Britain who recognised Asperger's in McKinnon and put him in touch with top Autism specialists who formally confirmed it.
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The Russians sought out young people with Asperger's Syndrome? And how did they know Gary McKinnon had it when he hadn't even been diagnosed as having it yet? Pretty silly if you ask me. Might as well say aliens sought out Gary so he would destroy files on aliens. Yeah, that's what happened.
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In my book "Spies, Lies, and Polygraph Tape," I relate the story of how Ron Pandolfi, a former CIA analyst, leaked a series of 'private' email messages into the UFO research community concerning an espionage plot to penetrate US facilities, allegedly by a former USAF special agent. Based upon that experience, I find the idea of foreign nationals eliciting Internet 'forum operatives' and hackers compelling. Whether or not something like this may have influenced Gary McKinnon to hack into US systems remains to be determined, but I certainly wouldn't rule out the involvement of government or even private intelligence operatives.
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IMHO... Gary did not compromise any US Gov systems... really and truly... these systems were already in a compromised position simply because of laziness! Most of the departments that Gary got into were left "wide open"... as the people in charge did not change the software's "stock password" provided with a new and much more secure password. As a member of Dr. Steven Greer's Disclosure Project and CSETI, I have had contact with Gary who corresponded with me in the early years of his situation. It was a very mundane correspondence yet I "felt" the sincerity of the type of person that Gary McKinnon is. Now... Russian involvement in covert operations to seek out patsies with Aspergers syndrome to infiltrate the US Government's various departments...??? To me... that's stretching the very fabric of reality in this particular situation. Dare I say (given the humiliation the US Gov must be feeling) that I might buy into a theory that somewhere within the USA... a covert group might be at the heart of this new theory and leading sources to believe it's Russia. Gary (as history and time will tell) will soon be regarded as a hero (as misguided as it may be considered by some). But here was someone who took action... someone who wanted answers (as we all do)... and someone who had the fortitude to go for it... Gary McKinnon - a criminal... I hardly think so... Aspergers syndrome or not... Gary acted out of conscience and he truly wanted to know the truth... and as such... he should be treated in that regard... To this writer, sitting in my chair... I feel that those that are responsible for the inaction and irresponsible technical errors that have been uncovered by Gary's actions (which could have been more drastic implications if carried out by others... with much more heinous plans), are being squarely focused on Gary to simply "save face" by a Government which has no other scape goat. It is the people directly responsible that were lazy and left these systems wide open... who need to answer for their inaction and complacency. Just my opinion people... take it for what you will and do a little more research before writing articles about such a sensitive situation. Regards, Harold Berndt
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Reality Uncovered and other UK based groups are such bad operatives that they do not mind giving themselves away. Its clear that their brains do not function properly.
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The truth is out there...and this man found it...now fess up and share it.
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Have the wealthy elite not made enough money raping our beautiful planet? The point is not money, but power and the sacrifice and destruction of innocence in order to gain that power and immortality.
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WTF What a load of rubbish,,, I know gary and he was looking for free energy tech and anti gravitation tech...This article clouds the real issue of what he found. SEARCH FOR YOURSELF
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I think that perhaps Bill Goodwin (the Author of this piffle) has been a traget of idiots - who seek out other idiots to compromise and belittle a serious Mental issue such as Aspegers Syndrome. A young mans life hangs in the balance and you talk about Russia targetting people with Aspergers strictly so that they can be used to Hack America? Has Bill been on the wacky-backy?
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1. Gary did not "Hack" any systems. All he did was to log on machines that were set up without a password on the Administrator account. 2. These machines did not have to be "rebuilt" all they needed was to have the Administrator account password protected. 3. They should be paying Gary, for exposing a security hole that any first year IT professional should have known better then to leave a machine un protected. 4. Gary logged onto the machines via a dial up modem connection. The fact that these machines were connected to the phone lines, and not a secured Ethernet connection is the fault of the government. They cannot prove Gary did anything other than his own admittance. He also stated seeing other country specific users logged on at the same time he was. Why was this not used to show if there was damage there was no way to prove Gary was the cause. 5. The US government better watch itself, the way Gary logged on was no hack but a legitimate log on. There are other very sophisticated hackers that will be focusing on attacking these machines and if there is any info on the servers they will be compromised, Guraenteed!
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I hate it when people commit crime. As much as I hate crime, Gary Mckinnon an aspergers sufferer was simply trying to look for ufos. I dont agree what he did, but he is no terrorist or threat to the world. I know that he is willing to pay for his crimes, but in the uk not America. They should be grateful that it was him and not people like osama bin laden. 60 years is very unjust, and will most proberly commit suicide if extradited to usa. His sentence should be a period of rehabilitation, and community service where he helps develope computer security and and at the end of the sentence given a job to protect computers from unauthorised use. Show him mercy
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In reply to Harold Berndt, your comments are particularly inconsistent with reality. For starters, Gary McKinnon is in fact ~a criminal~. Unauthorized access to any system is in fact illegal while what he did was relatively harmless and not entirely his fault. Aspergers Syndrome has been researched for around sixty years, though it may not have officially been recognized in the criterea of the specific Russian mental health system, its existence has not been debated and none the less has been globally existent in a literal sense. In my honest opinion, the author stated that it was a rumor, and we can leave it at that, though in an intelligence sense I don't believe it is highly unlikely that the highly knowledgeable Russian Intelligence Agency would choose to recruit hackers, specifically with a disease that is linked with high specialization in certain areas. It is known that some of the best hackers, programmers and mathematicians have in fact suffered from diseases in the autism spectrum range, such as Owen Walker, the botnet bloke from New Zealand who had the most advanced programming that the cyber-crime squad had encountered. In the same, it could be a well placed lie conforming to rudimentary facts. Either way, while we expect a certain level of decency and conformity to fact in our journalism, this article was to encourage debate and progression of the stated rumour. Regards, "WalKinnon Sunshine"
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Also, Dallas, it is impossible to tell once a machine has been partly compromised. If they have had access to the system they could have done anything, from replace the kernel with an infected one or leave a backdoor in a system process. Especially with a organization like NASA, in terms of sensitive information, the computers did need to be rebuilt.
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The treatment of McKinnon is deplorable. UFOs do, indeed, exist and McKinnon is being prosecuted because of what he found. UFO Casebook http://ufocasebook.com/ UFO Evidence http://www.ufoevidence.org/ Binall of America http://binnallofamerica.com There is a large effort to cover-up the existence of UFOs. This is a cover-up that has existed since the Truman government, when the MJ-12 group (the top-secret "shadow government" group dedicated to the UFO situation) and the CIA were formally established (the CIA on September 18, 1947 and the MJ-12 group on September 24, 1947). Harold A. Dahl, a seaman, saw 4-6 donut-shaped UFOs near Maury Island (Part of Puget Sound), one of which was malfunctioning. The malfunctioning UFO shot strange objects out of it's inner portholes, which killed his dog on the deck and injured his son. He took photographs of the UFOs and picked up some of the strange objects. A man wearing a black suit, who he believed to be a government or military representative, took him to a diner the next day and talked to him about what he had seen, despite the fact that he had not gone public with it. He was threatened to keep quiet about the event. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Maury_Island_Incident Harold Dahl's employer was an unusual character named Fred Lee Crisman, who served as a captain in the OSS (Precursor to the CIA) during World War II and was a US government agent with much experience in the field of the paranormal. Crisman sailed out to the island the next day and saw a UFO, which flew behind the clouds. He gathered some of the strange "wreckage", which littered the beach, and sent it to a friend at the University of Chicago, who was not able to identify it. He then sent it to a science-fiction magazine. Dahl met with Crisman and three US Military-Intelligence officers at the Winthrop Hotel in Tacoma, Washington. Present was a man named Kenneth Arnold, who witnessed a similar "squad" of UFOs near Mt. Rainier. Information about this meeting was leaked to the media, which frightened Dahl, who remembered the threats of the "man in black". Dahl left. The two Army-Intelligence officers who Arnolds requested to come flew back to Hamilton Field with pieces of the strange wreckage, but were killed when the plane mysteriously crashed. The investigation was taken over by FBI agents. After Crisman told Arnold that the plane had crashed, they met at the hotel with Dahl to discuss everything. Present was a captain from United Airlines named "Mr. Smith", who was, in reality, an FBI informant. Smith reported to his FBI superior (a field agent) that Arnold was contacted by a "Mr. Lantz", who told him that details of the meeting were being leaked and that the plane carrying the strange wreckage and Army-Intelligence officers was shot down, and that a Marine airplane crashed at Mt. Rainier (Where Arnold had seen the "UFO squad") was shot down by a similar type of cannon. After hearing about this, Dahl became very frightened. He had been threatened by a "man in black" after the initial incident, and now two of the Army-Intelligence investigators appeared to have been murdered by the US government in an airplane shoot-down. Dahl vanished, and his son, who had been wounded in the initial UFO incident, ran away to Montana. Crisman was recalled to military service in Alaska, where a strange UFO incident had been witnessed, and then posted at Thule Air Force Base in Greenland -- the base was a control terminus for the covert-government organization known as MJ-12, which was heading secret research into the UFO issue. When samples of the strange wreckage went missing, Ted Morello of the United Press told Arnold: "You're involved in something that is beyond our power here to find out anything about... Get out of this town until whatever it is blows over." During Arnold's flight home, his plane's engine mysteriously froze, and he was just barely able to land the plane. Within two weeks of Arnold's narrow escape from death, the man named "Mr. Lantz" died mysteriously. ============================ CRISMAN/UFO LINKS TO NEW ORLEANS AND THE JFK ASSASSINATION Fred Lee Crisman was accused of being in Dallas when Kennedy was shot. a close friend of Clay L. Shaw, the director of the New Orleans International Trade Mart and a civic leader of the city. During the summer of 1963, Oswald was in New Orleans. Many times, he was seen in the company of Clay Shaw. While ostensibly a prominent businessman, Shaw led a "secret life" as a CIA asset/operative -- documents reveal that he was a contact/asset of the CIA, and the International Trade Mart of New Orleans was, in reality, a front operation for the CIA. Shaw belonged to Permindex and Centro Mondiale Commerciale (CMC), two corporations with intimate links to the CIA. Foreign press reports called Permindex a "creature of the CIA" and linked it to the 1962 attempt on Charles DeGaulle's life. Dean Andrews received a call from a man identifying himself as "Clay Bertrand" -- the man wanted him to fly down to Dallas and represent Oswald. A number of witnesses would state that Shaw used the alias "Clay Bertrand", and Andrews would later admit to researcher Harold Weisberg that "Clay Bertrand" was Clay Shaw. The district attorney of New Orleans found three witnesses who had overheard Oswald, Shaw, a CIA pilot named David Ferrie, and, in one case, Jack Ruby (the man who would later shoot Oswald on TV), plotting to kill JFK together. Shaw was charged with involvement in the assassination. The first person he called when he realized he was in trouble was Fred Lee Crisman. The connections between MJ-12, Military-Intelligence, the CIA, and the JFK assassination are well-documented.
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The mother of computer hacker Gary McKinnon says it is wonderful his case has been raised by the prime minister during talks with the US president.Despite a lengthy legal battle and a strong public support for The Free Gary campaign, McKinnon has so far failed in his seven year fight against extradition. His supporters argue that McKinnon suffers from Asperger’s syndrome and was driven only by an obsession with UFOs.
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