NASA Hacker McKinnon Appeals To Bush For Pardon

>> Friday, January 16, 2009

McKinnon's legal team has asked foreign secretary David Miliband to press for a pardon on MCKinnon to avoid his extradition to the United States from the UK. President Bush has denied this pardon; however, Barack Obama will be in office on Tuesday January 20, 2009. McKinnon told the press conference that," A lot of us have looked at Obama as a new hope." Only time will tell what Obama will do about McKinnon. Mc Kinnon has caused $700,000 in damages to computers by deleting files that were contained on them. Mc Kinnon pleaded guilty to UK computer offenses in hope to halt his extradition to the United States and will be heard from the High Court on January 20, 2009 by Keir Starmer. Starmer is expected to reach a decision on within four weeks to determine if McKinnon will stay in the UK for a jail term. He pleaded guilty to Section 2 of the Computer Misuse Act (CMA) which deals with unauthorized access with intent to commit or facilitate commission of further offences. In addition, on Tuesday 20 January the High Court will hear oral evidence from McKinnon's legal team. McKinnon's defence contend that McKinnon's diagnosis of Asperger's Syndrome in the summer was not taken into account by the home secretary Jacqui Smith when she rejected McKinnon's second appealagainst extradition in October. You can read up on this story here, and more updates are sure to follow. See you then.

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