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She said his motivation for hacking was to try to prove the existence of UFOs and expose the poor security of U.S. government systems. Many of the systems had easy-to-guess passwords, she said.
McKinnon - known online as "Solo" - allegedly accessed 97 U.S. government computers, stole passwords, deleted files and shut down military computer networks, crashing 300 computers at Earle Naval Weapons Station in Colts Neck, N.J., shortly after 9/11.
His lawyer, Karen Todner, said he could face 70 years in U.S. jails and would contest the extradition.
"The treatment of other British nationals under the American judicial system inspires little confidence," she told reporters. She said his motivation for hacking was to try to prove the existence of UFOs and expose the poor security of U.S. government systems. Many of the systems had easy-to-guess passwords, she said.
Link to Thank You WikiLeaks
The real threats to American security are the wars themselves; may we never live to see our benevolence reciprocated.
Because Mckinnon was committing a direct crime, and he knew it. Wiki-leaks works to expose crime and corruption, however, Mckinnon claims to have been doing the same thing...but as I said, the difference is, wiki-leaks don't commit outright crimes to achieve their goal.
my question is, why hasn't this happened to wikileaks? why are they not arrested, what's the difference?
Mckinnon was claimed to have caused a lot of damage, but at no time was the US Government obligated to prove this, or provide evidence of it. The man was quietly hacking into US Government computers for years undetected...he wasn't causing damage, only seeking information...now the US Government is making sure he can never do it again...and are probably using this to send out a message to anyone else who thinks of trying...
mckinnon was claimed to cause 700,000 bucks in damage to the US, perhaps wikileaks didn't cause any damage and wasn't worth pursueing like mckinnon was?