Gary McKinnon – A Fact and Timeline Profile
by Penny Dreadfull

There is a lot around the internet on this young man. Most things are very positive, a few things, not so much. I don’t pretend to know Mr. McKinnon personally, although I feel it would be to my credit if I did. One thing I do have a fair gauge of, and that is faces. Gary McKinnon is no more a terrorist that Ghandi was. I have a feeling that he couldn’t hide the truth if he tried. And perhaps that may lead to his downfall, if the U.S. and Theresa May, Home Secretary/UK have their way. Gary McKinnon never tried to hide anything that he did, nor did he lie. I don’t really understand why, when told that he was only looking up UFO information, that no one seemed to believe him apart from his mother, Janis Sharp. How do you look into that face, the face that has truth written all over it, and find him guilty of anything….apart from being a bit of a cheeky lad? And if that is a crime, then I have three sons of my own that should probably be in the nick themselves.

Just for those whom are not aware of the seriousness of Gary’s fate, I have compiled a fact/timeline profile. It isn’t complete, it is all information gathered from the internet. If it is wrong in any way, please email me at Penny.Dreadfull@aol.co.uk and send corrections. I do not want any more untruths printed about any of the extraditees, therefore, please help me give the correct information. I merely want those who visit this site to be able to have information in which they may make up their own minds about what they feel they should do in the fight to free Gary. Thank you.

Born 10 February 1966

Health issue: Asperger’s Syndrome and clinical depression

Employed as a systems administrator when accused of “hacking”[1] into U.S. government computer systems, primarily NASA and Pentagon in 2001 – 2002.

Online name: Solo

Accused of costing the U. S. government $700,000 in damages on government computers [2]

First interviewed by police 19 March 2002 and again by NHTCU on 8 August 2002.

November 2002 was indicted by a federal grand jury in Virginia – 7 counts of computer-related crime, each carrying a 10 year sentence if convicted.

2003 – UK enacted the Extradition Act 2003

Gary remained at liberty untill after the enaction of the implementation of the Extradition Act at which time, June 2005, he became subject to bail conditions, i.e. must remain at home at night, banned from using a computer with access to internet.

June 2008 – lost appeal to the House of Lords

August 2008 – diagnosed with Asperger’s Syndrome and clinical depression. Said to be suicidal if extradited to the US

January 2009 – lost appeal to European Court of Human Rights

January 2010 – a judicial review of Gary’s case per the decision of then Home Secretary Alan Johnson, allowing Gary’s extradition.

May 2010 – New Home Secretary, Theresa May adjourned pending Judicial Review, so as to review medical evidence herself to make the decision whether Gary should be extradited.

July 2010 – Tom Bradby, ITN political editor, raised the issue with US President Barack Obama and UK Prime Minister David Cameron. The President and the PM say they are working to find an “appropriate solution”.

23 May 2012 – Gary McKinnon’s mother, Janis Sharp along with Julia O’Dwyer, mother of Richard O’Dwyer, Hamja Ahsan, brother of Talha Ahsan, and father of Babar Ahmad held a Demonstration on Downing Street

July 2012 – Home Secretary Theresa May says that she “needs more time” in deciding about Gary’s fate. She says she should have an answer by mid-October[3]
[1] Alleged hacker
[2] If the U.S. Government had protected their systems with firewalls and unbreakable passwords, this would never have happened. They should award Mr. McKinnon a medal for pointing out their faults. Never let it be said, however, that the U.S. will admit they are wrong.
[3] Makes one feel that Mrs. May can’t be bothered, with the Olympics and all. Perhaps she’s hoping someone will take over her job so that she won’t have to decide. Either way, she’s been “deciding” for over 2 years now.

16 October 2012 – Home Secretary Theresa May made the announcement that she was blocking the extradition of Gary McKinnon.  He may still have to face charges, but they will be on home soil.


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