Pink Floyd guitarist pays McKinnon's health bills
Shine on you crazy diamond
Pink Floyd guitarist David Gilmour has stepped in to pay for Gary McKinnon's psychiatric treatment.
The support came after the Asperger's syndrome sufferer, who faces the threat of deportation to the US for hacking US military systems in 2001 and 2002, became a victim of budget cuts by the London NHS Trust, the Sunday Express reports.
McKinnon, 45, has been under the care of Professor Jeremy Turk, an autism expert (Asperger's syndrome is an autism spectrum disorder) who fears that McKinnon may become a suicide risk if he is extradited to the US to face trial and likely imprisonment. Gilmour, a long-time supporter of mental health causes, stepped in to help McKinnon when funding was withdrawn.
Home Secretary Teresa May is reviewing medical evidence that long-running extradition proceedings against McKinnon ought to be abandoned because of concerns about the UFO-hunting hacker's fragile mental state. ®
I just wish..
That someone (with the authority to make it stick) simply said to the USAians 'if your security was up to scratch a hacker would not have been able to get very far - learn your lessons and stop looking externally for a scapegoat'
Even if McKinnon is found guilty and flung to the moon on a trebuchet for his sins it's not going to stop others from seeing how far they can get - there are two ways of stopping your secrets leaking out; stop them being secrets by telling everyone in the first place or making sure that your security is up to the job.
Anything else is bound to fail.
where to begin......
read a bit about aspergers.
he dosent like the attention, prolly go into a tailspin having a conversation with more than 2 or 3 people at once.
frinds in low places DAVID GILMOUR???????
I suppose you are more a NKOTB man (well t certainly looks like knob if you just glance)
McKinnon may have been more than a bit of an eejit, (clue; hes in to UFO's for christs sake) but the real EEjit here is the UTTER plonker who bought a bog standard pc and just plugged it into what is supposed to be a secure network. I mean, does your workplace IT policy allow that?
US GOV really need to set the controls for the heart of the sun, and do us all a favour.