I'm intrigued by this story for any number of reasons... Apparently, we're in the business of seeking to punish those acknowledged as being among the most vulnerable in society, now:
Johnson under pressure over hacker
We're told that Mr McKinnon committed "serious crimes," and that he caused hundreds of thousands of dollars worth of damage. I'm not quite sure what these serious crimes are, nor how conducting these crimes could have caused damage that might be assessed as costing that much, but what would I know?
I'm a little confused about all this, to be honest. I had initially thought Mr McKinnon, who has been diagnosed with Aspberger's Syndrome, to be a savant of some kind... How else would he have been able to find his way past all those firewalls, passwords and encryption? And then I heard Mr McKinnon's mother say in an interview that there were no passwords. What does one make of that? Mr McKinnon appears to have made the CIA look like muppets, somehow or other [to self: is the simile really necessary?]. Or did they do it to themselves? Or could a lump of turd cause the CIA to make muppets of themselves? So many unanswered questions...
Anyway, I took the kids to a country park not far from where I live, yesterday. They fell into conversation with a young lad who very proudly said that he had Aspberger's. I don't think I'd have known, if he hadn't told us - he looked and sounded like every other nine year-old, to me. What does one make of that?
In any case, the CIA will get nothing from Mr McKinnon, even supposing they get their conviction and he doesn't kill himself in jail. Because they're too fucking stupid.