McKinnon Hacker Defense Tactics
An Ex-FBI legal officer who formerly handled Gary McKinnon's plea bargain negotiations has severely denounced the controversial defense tactics employed by the cyber invader's legal representatives.
Ed Gibson (a former FBI assistant legal who eventually became Microsoft's United Kingdom Chief Security Advisor about four years ago) stated that if the admitted hacker (who breached into United States military systems several years ago) had agreed to voluntary hand himself over to American authorities when he was offered the choice back in 2003, he would have already been out of jail by 2005 instead of facing extradition in 2009.
The ex-FBI officer even half-joked during Tuesday's RSA Europe Conference in London that Karen Todner (McKinnon's lawyer) should be tried for human rights violations because of her supposed mishandling of the McKinnon case; for all intents and purposes, her floundering defense tactics may have needlessly and pointlessly lengthened McKinnon's cyber crime troubles.
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Thirty or so people were present for the "Balance of Browser Security and Settings" presentation, which was where Gibson made his thoughts known about the current direction of McKinnon's legal situation.
His candidness surprised most everyone present who knew him.
After all, the man was usually a conscientious and tactful senior executive who'd repeatedly declined to talk about his role in the McKinnon case in the past.
One of the people who were against the proposed banishment responded to Gibson's request for an explanation by stating that the Asperger-suffering McKinnon should be tried domestically because of his genetic condition.
He afterwards reckoned that the defense team's continuous series of attempts to keep McKinnon in the UK is ultimately an exercise in futility.
Arguably, the UFO hacker has unnecessarily dug himself a legal rabbit hole so deep that he could potentially face consequences more dire than the one dreamed up by his legal team.