Mathew Bevan, an earlier scapegoat for incompetence in governmental security, discusses the non-threat that Gary McKinnon posed:
"Gary is a self-confessed stoner and perpetrated the 'biggest military hack of all time' whilst completely wasted. This is clearly a sign of how lax the security of these systems was. If Gary had been clear minded and deliberate about what he wanted to achieve and was a malicious person rather than the pacifist he is - where exactly would we be now?"
(I think it's Mathew. Wikipedia only has a page for Matthew with two t's, but then spells his name with one t throughout. First they came for the sub-editors, and I did not speak out: because I had been sub-edited myself.)