An (apparently) genuine letter to Private Eye this week – (lightly abridged)
“In spite of reams of comment about Gary McKinnon in the Daily Mail, the real reason for US insistence on his extradition … has never been suggested.
It is an absolute fact that a single individual of normal means, especially anyone ill or just curious, cannot penetrate the computer systems of major American defence and security installations …
The reality is the same in all these situations. A foreign power or agency, and we can speculate as to which that might be in this case, recruits a vulnerable and unwitting stooge to act as a front for their carefully planned and highly resourced penetration. The attacking country or organisation provides their “agent”, through innocuous contact, with all the likely means to mount a remote attack.
When the penetration is discovered … the sponsoring organisation melts into the crowd, leaving the hapless individual to face the music. In Gary McKinnon’s case, the USA is desperate to interrogate him to discover details of his sponsors. The UK security agencies … will not be willing to undertake a sufficiently robust interrogation of McKinnon to satifsy the US authorities.”
Sqn Ldr J.N. Bennett (RAF Ret’d)
The truth’s been staring us in the face all the time, damnit.