Computer hacker Gary McKinnon, aka “Solo”, continues his decade-long fight against extradition to the US in the High Court today.
The US Government says he committed the “biggest military computer hack of all time” by breaking into US Army, Air Force, Navy, NASA and Department of Defence computers between 2001 and 2002. If extradited, he could spend 60 years in jail and be liable for up to $2 million in fines.
But McKinnon, who suffers from Asperger’s syndrome, says he was a “computer nerd” looking for evidence of UFOs, and was convinced that the US military secretly reverse-engineered an anti-gravity propulsion system recovered from alien spacecraft.
The McKinnon case involves the controversial Extradition Act 2003, which allows the US, among others, to request extradition without providing evidence.