Thursday, July 30, 2009

US trying to extradite UK hacker with Asperger's

Asperger's is a form of autism. Apparently the young man was looking for information on UFOs, but claims he did no malicious 'cracking.'

Gary McKinnon lost his appeal to the European Court of Human Rights on Thursday, and is expected to be on a plane to Virginia within three weeks. But — surprise! — he’s now been diagnosed at 42 with Asperger’s syndrome, and his lawyers are asking Home Secretary Jacqui Smith to keep him in London for medical reasons.

The US claims that he breached more than 90 unclassified Pentagon and NASA systems in 2001 and 2002, and crashed some of them, causing $900,000 in damage.

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