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The Fri-Up: Gary McKinnon.

Gary McKinnon was accused in 2002 of perpetrating the biggest military computer hack in history. The Scottish systems administrator who successfully hacked into the Pentagon’s computer has always maintained that he was merely looking for evidence of free energy suppression and a cover-up of UFO activity and other technologies potentially useful to the public.

With his fate having hung in the balance for ten years so far, this week a landmark block on his extradition to The States was granted, based on a medical report showing that McKinnon had Aspergers Syndrome. This diagnosis put into question whether it was against McKinnon’s human rights to extradite him to the US for trial.

Using the Brandwatch topic history graph, you can see how events this week panned out as well as the issues surrounding the case.

Fig 1. History graph of topics surrounding Gary McKinnon

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The medical report was released on October 12th, confirming that McKinnon has Aspergers Syndrome and the subsequent rulling by Home Secretary Theresa May was made on 16th. The top tweeters surrounding the McKinnon case are interesting. With apparently so much at stake according to the US government you might think it would be they watching and reporting the news – as a deterrent and warning to would be hackers.

Fig 2. Top tweeters for Gary McKinnon.

  • TechCrunch
  • BBCClick
  • guardiantech
  • BBCNews
  • TheNextWeb
  • SkyNewsBreak

Interestingly in fact, it is the tech blogs who are the most prolific tweeters with all eyes of potential hackers watching to see where this landmark case goes – perhaps in light of their own intentions!

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