In a recent interview, the famous hacker Gary McKinnon, accused by the U.S. government in 2002 of being responsible for the "biggest military computer hack of all time," claimed he found evidence -- after he hacked into U.S. military and NASA computers in 2001 -- that NASA edits its space images and removes evidence of alien UFOs before releasing them to the public.
Members of the UFO disclosure movement believe that McKinnon's testimony provides evidence backing claims that the U.S. government and its agencies, such as NASA, have been covering up evidence of alien UFO visitations.
U.S. authorities accused McKinnon of causing serious damage to military computer systems during the 13-month period from February, 2001, to March, 2002. According to U.S. authorities, he hacked into 97 military and NASA computers, rendering inoperable the Naval Weapons Station Earle's network of 300 computers. He deleted weapons logs needed for munitions supply and deliveries to the U.S. Navy's Atlantic Fleet. He also hacked into the network of the U.S. Army Military District of Washington, consisting of 2,000 computers, and wreaked havoc by deleting critical files from operating systems, shutting down the network for 24 hours.
"We suffered serious damage. This was not some harmless incident," a Pentagon official said. "He did very serious and deliberate damage to military and NASA computers and left silly and anti-America messages. All the evidence was that someone was staging a very serious attack on US computer systems."But McKinnon claims that the U.S. authorities have exaggerated the scope and impact of his activity. Although he admitted he left messages as "Your security is crap," and "silly" anti-American messages (see quote below), he claims he was only looking for evidence of government cover-up of UFOs, ETs, and free energy technologies that could benefit mankind, but which governments were suppressing.
"US foreign policy is akin to Government-sponsored terrorism these days... It was not a mistake that there was a huge security stand down on September 11 last year... I am Solo. I will continue to disrupt at the highest levels..."McKinnon was apparently influenced by claims in alien and UFO conspiracy theory circles that the U.S. government was hiding vital information about UFO and alien presence for several reasons. Some UFO conspiracy theorists claim that world governments believe that humanity is not yet ready to confront the truth that we are not alone in the universe and that alien races have been monitoring human civilizations for years.According to conspiracy theorists, governments fear that full disclosure of alien and UFO information could spread panic and lead to breakdown of society. Other conspiracy theorists claim that the U.S. government is trying to hide information that it has entered into top-secret military-technological alliance with some advanced alien races.
Gary McKinnon told Wired in 2006 that he was motivated to hack into U.S. government computers after he listened to testimonies by former government employees and contractors, such as Donna Hare.
The Inquisitr reported that in 2000, Donna Hare claimed she saw NASA staff in Building Eight at the Johnson Space Center in Houston, Texas, digitally editing out UFOs from satellite pictures before releasing them to the public.
The YouTube videos below show former U.S. Air Force Sergeant Karl Wolfe and Donna Hare, speaking before the national press club. Hare claims she saw NASA photographs showing "huge alien structures" on the Moon's far side and UFOs flying or parked on the lunar surface.Such testimonies, according to McKinnon, and efforts by the alien disclosure movement to force governments to release classified files containing information about alien UFOs motivated his action.
McKinnon said he was surprised at the ease with which he was able to gain access to government computers and databases.While going through computers located in Building Eight at the Johnson Space Center in Houston, he found large image databases that appeared to confirm Hare's claims.
"A NASA photographic expert said that there was a Building 8 at Johnson Space Center where they regularly airbrushed out images of UFOs from the high-resolution satellite imaging," McKinnon said. "I logged on to NASA and was able to access this department. They had huge, high-resolution images stored in their picture files. They had filtered and unfiltered, or processed and unprocessed, files."
An image he tried to download showed what looked like a "classic cigar-shaped UFO" with domes. The UFO did not look like a man-made craft, McKinnon said.
"My dialup 56K connection was very slow trying to download one of these picture files... I was able to briefly see one of these pictures. It was a silvery, cigar-shaped object with geodesic spheres on either side. There were no visible seams or riveting. There was no reference to the size of the object and the picture was taken presumably by a satellite looking down on it. The object didn't look manmade or anything like what we have created."He never had the opportunity to return to the files because he was arrested soon after the incident.
McKinnon claims that while going through U.S. Navy files he also stumbled upon files detailing "fleet-to-fleet" cargo transfer records of "off-world" space stations manned by "non-terrestrial officers" of the U.S. military. He also accessed a file listing 30 "non-terrestrial officers" and their ranks.
"I got access to Excel spreadsheets. One was titled 'Non-Terrestrial Officers.' It contained names and ranks of U.S. Air Force personnel who are not registered anywhere else," he said. "It also contained information about ship-to-ship transfers, but I've never seen the names of these ships noted anywhere else."
He had told the same story in a 2005 interview with the Guardian.
"What was the most exciting thing you saw?"Although some skeptics have argued that the term "non-terrestrial" could have meant "sea-based," McKinnon believed at the time that they likely referred to deep space-based stations.
"I found a list of officers' names, under the heading 'Non-Terrestrial Officers.' "
"Yeah, I looked it up, and it's nowhere. It doesn't mean little green men. What I think it means is not earth-based. I found a list of 'fleet-to-fleet transfers' and a list of ship names. I looked them up. They weren't US navy ships. What I saw made me believe they have some kind of spaceship, off-planet."
"The Americans have a secret spaceship?"
"That's what this trickle of evidence has led me to believe."
"Some kind of other Mir that nobody knows about?"
"I guess so."
"What were the ship names?"
"I can't remember. I was smoking a lot of dope at the time. Not good for the intellect."
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