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UK Hacker Hires ET Lawyer

By Keith Cowing
September 4, 2008

Hacker appeals to home secretary, BBC

“Glasgow-born Gary McKinnon, 42, who last month lost his appeal against extradition, could face life in jail if convicted of accessing 97 computers. His lawyer Karen Todner said his human rights would be breached if he did not return to the UK after a trial.”

UFO hacker is broken man, says family, The Scotsman

“McKinnon, an unemployed systems analyst from north London, admits accessing 97 US military and Pentagon computers, but claimed he was looking for UFO files. The US government accuses him of stealing passwords and deleting files. McKinnon faces up to 70 years in prison if he is found guilty.”

Editor’s note: I am not certain why this guy is worried. If he is found guilty of attacking American government computers, his alien lawyers can just beam him out of the courtroom up to the Mothership – which the Shuttle will soon be unable to reach. He’ll be at home anyway – since it seems that all of the aliens I see on TV have British accents.

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