The American government calls him a terrorist, but British citizen Gary McKinnon says he was only seeking information about whether the government of the United States of America has been in contact with space aliens.
McKinnon used a simple dial-up modem to access secret Pentagon files, as well as computer databases used by NASA and the Johnson Space Center. How did McKinnon get in? He used publicly-known flaws in the Microsoft Windows Operating System.
In nine days, McKinnon faces an extradition hearing at which he hints he may blow the lid off an American government conspiracy to cover up contact with an extraterrestrial civilization. So far, McKinnon has said that he saw files from a government organization known as The Disclosure Project in which people in the American government gave testimony that some government agencies posses technology obtained from extraterrestrial visitors. McKinnon also claims to have seen a photograph of what he believes to be an alien spacecraft.
Of course, everything that McKinnon saw could have been nothing more than disinformation, a coverup of a military satellite program of some kind, or the fastidious government documentation of paranoid conspiracy theories held by some cranky public servants.
Does McKinnon have more to tell? He better speak up fast. If the American government gets its extradition, it plans to put McKinnon in prison for as long as 70 years.