Mitnick on Markoff

The most interesting thing about The Guardian’s Mitnick piece is that he doesn’t seem bitter – except maybe about Markoff:

My argument is not that I shouldn’t have been punished, but that the punishment didn’t fit the crime,” he says. “I wouldn’t have sat in prison for five years, I wouldn’t have been held without trial for four-and-a-half years, if it wasn’t for Markoff creating this fear… When you write a story and it ends up on the front page of the New York Times, the department of justice is reading that. The director of the FBI is reading that, the director of the CIA is reading that. The government needs to send a message that they can’t just have some desperado hacker on the loose who could start a nuclear war.”