Attention to his case has reached its height this week as both president Obama and UK prime Minister David Cameron addressed the issue during a press conference and explained that a resolve for his case is underway.
This goes to show that raising public attention to certain concerns works and can really have an impact on government law makers.
Information is a powerful tool - now if we can only apply this same type of pressure on the Ufo disclosure topic maybe we can make some progress.
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Back in 2006 when i first posted about this case, Mr Mckinnons story was obscure and ridiculed.
It became obvious that the US governments case against him was not just flawed but highly suspicious. Gary's hacking attempts could surely not add up to $800000 worth of damage and it seemed that the charges were 'trumped up' to ensure he was made example of. Extradition for hacking is an unpredented action and it was more likely that it was the sensitive nature of the content what Gary was hacking into was the real reason for this harsh retaliation.
Gary said he was looking for evidence of Ufo's, some believe history was fabricated to gain sympathy - but the prosecutions own case against him does indeed confirm that he was caught hacking into NASA's Johnson's Space Center, the building which over the years many have considered as NASA's Ufo airbrushing lab.
With continued support online Mr Mckinnons story gained public awareness and the exposure became an embarrasing situation for the US government.
It has been some time so if you are not familar why Gary is called the "Ufo hacker" then read our previous posts which explain Gary's long battle against Extradition and why the case against him is not only unjust but highly suspicious.
New BBC article extract
The computer hacker Gary McKinnon could avoid extradition to the US by serving time in a British prison, David Cameron suggested today after raising the issue in talks with Barack Obama.
Following his meeting in the White House, the prime minister told BBC Radio 5 Live that the government has discussed with US ambassador, the possibility of "some of the (sentence), if there is a prison sentence, being served in a British prison".
He said: "That is one potential outcome and I'll be working very hard to make sure that these things are discussed between the two governments. If we can reach a settlement then all to the good. I don't want to make a prediction because there are many difficult issues that have to be worked through."
His remarks suggest officials are nearing a deal to avoid McKinnon's extradition to the US, where he faces up to 60 years in prison. Last night, in his first remarks on the issue as prime minister, Cameron said McKinnon was accused of a "very important and significant crime", but hoped that "a way through" could be found.
Speaking at a White House press conference alongside Obama, Cameron added: "Clearly there is a discussion going on between the British and the Americans about this, but I don't want to prejudice those discussions."
Obama said a solution should be found within the law, but in the context of the "co-operative relationship" between the US and the UK.
"I trust that this will get resolved in a way that underscores the seriousness of the issue, but also underscores the fact that we work together. We can find an appropriate solution," the president said.
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