posted on Oct, 15 2015 @ 02:04 PM
I think when we try to re-imagine or construct the situation to test for its validity or possibility, we see it as a very 'static' thing. He was known
to be hacking for a long time, trying to snoop around and find vulnerabilities. It is clear from his videos , some of his own testimony is distorted
with what his lawyers may have suggested. It was a process, and perhaps some success emboldened him. HIs computer along with that of his girlfriend's
was taken by the police. I find it a little too 'simple' to think 'drug-addled' brains of the 'asperger -afflicted' guy who hacked US military
computers and NASA, is unreliable. With the impending awful treatment in U.S prisons, he has had to play down his role, as something 'stupid'.
But I think when it comes to downloading and saving, to me it seems his progressive attempts, show it was more about himself than about being some
whistle-blower. So when he gradually managed to get through, and found the list of 'non-terrestrial' officers etc . It seems like he did it for the
thrill of employing his skills. His approach seems cautious, but he had it easier than he expected, and therefore exploited the opportunity. Why didnt
gary mckinnon just download the pic?
""Gaining secret access was clearly seductive. McKinnon speaks of "megalomaniacal" feelings when he was deep inside systems. But he was not alone, he
said. By querying who else was connected and investigating IP addresses, he found Chinese, European and other nationals visiting the same computer
systems. "At first I thought they might be offsite contract workers, but that was not the case," he said.
Once he was inside a network, especially a military network, McKinnon found that other computer systems considered him a trusted user. This was how he
was able to get into the Pentagon's network. "It was really by accident," he says."
And in the same interview with guardian he mentions what he is expecting ""I'm walking down the road and I find I can't control my own legs," he says.
"And I'm sitting up all night thinking about jail and about being arse-#ed. An American jail. And remember, according to them I was making Washington
inoperable 'immediately after September 11'. I'm having all these visions of ... " Gary puts on a redneck prisoner voice, "'What you doing attacking
our country, boy? Pick up that soap.' Yeah, it is absolutely #ing terrifying. Especially because a friend of mine was on holiday in America once and
was viciously attacked and ended up killing the guy who attacked him - he did 10 years in an American prison. He's quite a tough guy, and he said he
had to fight tooth and nail every single day, no let up at all. And I'm thinking, 'I'm only a little nerd'."
So I think it is clear what he mentions is just the precise amount of 'truth' that can show he is guilty but not enough to validate all the charges.
Which is why I wanted to see the spectrum of speculations and what angles people incline to.
He was pursuing it for 7 years!!!
"You get on to easy networks, like Support and Logistics, in order to exploit the trust relationship that military departments have between each
other, and once you get on to an easy thing, you find out what networks they trust and then you hop and hop and hop, and eventually you think, 'That
looks a bit more secretive.' " When I ask if he is brilliant, he says no. He's just an ordinary self-taught techie. And, he says, he was never
"Once you're on the network, you can do a command called NetStat - Network Status - and it lists all the connections to that machine. There were
hackers from Denmark, Italy, Germany, Turkey, Thailand ..."
"All on at once?" I ask. "You could see hackers from all over the world, snooping around, without the spaceniks or the military realising?"
"Every night," he says, "for the entire five to seven years I was doing this."
"Do you think they're still there? Are they still at it? Or have they been arrested, too?"
Gary says he doesn't know.
"What was the most exciting thing you saw?" I ask.
"I found a list of officers' names," he claims, "under the heading 'Non-Terrestrial Officers'."
"Non-Terrestrial Officers?" I say.
"You end up lusting after more and more complex security measures," he says. "It was like a game. I loved computer games. I still do. It was like a
real game. It was addictive. Hugely addictive."
It was never really politically motivated.
Gary offered a somewhat hare-brained counter deal, via a Virginia public defender. "I made a sort of veiled threat to them. I said, 'You know the
places I've been, so you know the stuff I've seen' kind of thing." He pauses and blushes slightly. "That didn't work."
"So you were saying, 'If you go heavy on me, I'll tell people what I found'?"
"Yeah," he says. "And I found out that my landline was being bugged, so every time I was on the phone talking to a friend about it, I made sure I'd
say, 'All I want is a quiet life, but if they really want to drag me through it, I'll drag them through the #, too.' "
"And what would you have dragged them through the # about?" I ask.
"You know," says Gary, "the, uh, Non-Terrestrial Officers. The spaceships. 'The whole world thinks it's cooperating in building the International
Space Station, but you've already got a space-based army that you refer to as Non-Terrestrial Officers'."
There is a silence.
"I had very little evidence," he admits. "It's not a very good bargaining chip at all, really, is it?"
Given that the justice department has announced that the information Gary downloaded was not "classified", and he was stoned much of the time, perhaps
we can assume that Nasa is not too worried about his "discoveries".
---------------------------So make of it what you will. This is not a simple matter. It depends on how we orient our reasoning, with either
exaggerating the Government's reach, or his own account of what he might have seen. Plus what the ongoing legal process may have altered. Too many
considerations. It definitely wasnt a simple 'truth or lie' but a much more complex situation with many different facets.