|Some dare call it|
“”"The Americans have a secret spaceship?" I ask.
"That's what this trickle of evidence has led me to believe."
"Some kind of other Mir that nobody knows about?"
"I guess so," says Gary.
"What were the ship names?""I can't remember," says Gary. "I was smoking a lot of dope at the time. Not good for the intellect."
|—Jon Ronson interviews Gary McKinnon, 2005|
 Extradition and terrorism
Whether or not these claims are true is unclear. Regardless, the U.S. authorities want to extradite and charge him with terrorism offences, and accuse him of causing $800,000 dollars in damage. McKinnon insists that he actually caused no damage, and in fact left messages on the hacked systems informing their operators of security weaknesses. For a hardened cyber terrorist intent on bringing down the United States, it is unusual that he had no more than a dial-up internet connection.
Somewhat of a recluse, diagnosed as having Asperger's syndrome, he is far from the international terrorist certain U.S. agencies claim him to be. Although he may be a 9/11 truther, that doesn't seem to justify extradition proceedings.
- See the Wikipedia article on Gary McKinnon. (That is, if you are interested in all the politicking around his extradition.)
- Game over, Jon Ronson interviewing McKinnon for the Guardian (2005)