Military ‘hacker’ freed on bail
Gary McKinnon, accused of hacking into 53 US military and Nasa computers in 2001 and 2002, appeared before Bow Street magistrates in London.
The 39-year-old, of Wood Green, north London, will be back in court for an extradition hearing on 27 July.
Mr McKinnon, an unemployed computer systems administrator, is known on the internet as “Solo”.
He is accused of hacking into computer networks operated by Nasa, the US Army, US Navy, Department of Defence and the US Air Force.
Mr McKinnon’s solicitor, Karen Todner, estimates he could face a maximum 70-year jail sentence if convicted in the US.
She says he does not deny infiltrating US systems but says his motivation was to try to prove the existence of UFOs and to expose security failures.
Editorial note: It’s not known whether Mr. McKinnon himself is a space alien.