Saturday, June 11, 2005

Extradition Sought in Military Case
Thursday, June 9, 2005; Page D05

A Briton accused in what U.S. authorities call the biggest successful hacking effort against U.S. military computer networks looking for information on UFOs & Aliens was freed on bail after a court appearance in London.

Gary McKinnon, 39, left, is accused of installing software allowing him to control military computers, including the Army's network for Washington. Lawyers for McKinnon, who was first arrested in the case nearly three years ago and then released, said he would fight extradition. It was not clear why U.S. officials took so long to seek extradition.

LONDON - JUNE 8: Gary McKinnon leaves Bow Street Magistrate Court in a police van after being released on bail, June 8, 2005 in London, England. Mr McKinnon, 39, known on the internet as "Solo", is accused of hacking into computer networks operated by Nasa, the US Army, US Navy, Department of Defence and the US Air Force. McKinnon, who is contesting extradition to the U.S, was granted bail but was unable to meet the Magistrate's demands.