McKinnon defended himself in a ten-year lawsuit to avoid extradition to the U.S. and eventually won the case in October 2012 following the announcement of the Great Britain’s Home Secretary Theresa May that they would not extradite him.
Working as a professor or defense analysis at the U.S. Naval Postgraduate School, John Arquilla advised President Obama to pardon McKinnon who he believes to become useful for the government if gets hired. He indicates that pardoning the computer hacker would improve the relationships between the government and hackers, most especially when it comes to research on unidentified flying objects and aliens. He suggests that the U.S. should offer jobs to these computer experts instead of convicting them.
In December 2012, officials from the UK rejected investigation and charges on McKinnon in the country. However, he remains wanted in the U.S. for the offense. McKinnon’s hacking of government information on ufos and extraterrestrials was dubbed as the biggest military computer hack of all time in 2001 and 2002.
The charges might be lifted if the U.S. government will pay attention to the advice of Arquilla.