Thursday, August 28, 2008

U.K. Hacker Gary McKinnon Plays the Asperger's Card

Kevin Poulsen writes on Threat Level:

Admitted Pentagon hacker Gary McKinnon lost his appeal to the European Court of Human Rights on Thursday, and is expected to be on a plane to Virginia within three weeks. But -- surprise! -- he's now been diagnosed at 42 with Asperger's syndrome, and his lawyers are asking Home Secretary Jacqui Smith to keep him in London for medical reasons.

McKinnon is accused of breaching over 90 unclassified Pentagon and NASA systems in 2001 and 2002, and crashing some of them, causing $900,000 in damage.

More here.


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