46-year-old Gary McKinnon of the UK is accused of of hacking into 97 United States military and space agency computers over a 13-month period from February 2011 through March 2002 during which he deleted operating system files (which caused the hacked computers to crash) and copied account data, and files, to his computer. In November 2002, he was indicted by a grand jury in the Eastern District of Virginia on seven counts of computer-related crimes. Still, by 2009, many had voiced their support of McKinnon including Sting, Trudie Styler, Julie Christie, David Gilmour, Graham Nash, Peter Gabriel, The Proclaimers, Bob Geldof, Chrissie Hynde, David Cameron, Boris Johnson (Mayor of London), Stephen Fry, Jonathan Ross, Terry Waite, Tony Benn, Chris Huhne, Lord Carlile, the Conservative Party, the Liberal Democrats, the Green Party of England and Wales, the National Autistic Society, Liberty, and many others. On October 16, 2012, his extradition to the United States was blocked by the Home Secretary who said “extradition would give rise to such a high risk of him ending his life that a decision to extradite would be incompatible with Mr McKinnon’s human rights.”
The overwhelming support is partially due to what McKinnon found after his penetration of the United States military networks. After gaining access to government computer systems, McKinnon claims to have found a 400 page document (The Disclosure Project) containing 400 testimonials from credible government witnesses talking about reverse engineering alien technology that was taken from captured or destroyed alien craft.
In addition, McKinnon confirmed that a NASA photographic expert, who said that there was a Building 8 at Johnson Space Center where they regularly airbrushed out images of UFOs from the high-resolution satellite imaging, was correct in his claims. McKinnon claims to have accessed NASA files finding huge, high-resolution satellite images, both filtered and unfiltered, of Building 8 that showed alien craft on the space center’s runways. He explained to Wired Magazine:
“It was a silvery, cigar-shaped object with geodesic spheres on either side. There were no visible seams or riveting. There was no reference to the size of the object and the picture was taken presumably by a satellite looking down on it. The object didn’t look manmade or anything like what we have created.”
McKinnon also says that he found an Excel spreadsheet titled “Non-Terrestrial Officers” which contained names and ranks of alien personnel who were not registered in any other military computer systems. He notes that the spreadsheet tracked fleet-to-fleet transfers to ships that after further research, turned out to be non-existent, leading McKinnon to the conclusion that the craft in question were alien.