2019-08-24 17:05:54 UTC
How a Bitter Divorce Battle on Earth Led to Claims of a Crime in Space
Summer Worden, a former Air Force intelligence officer living in Kansas, has
been in the midst of a bitter separation and parenting dispute for much of the
past year. So she was surprised when she noticed that her estranged spouse
still seemed to know things about her spending. Had she bought a car? How could
she afford that?
Ms. Worden put her intelligence background to work, asking her bank about the
locations of computers that had recently accessed her bank account using her
login credentials. The bank got back to her with an answer: One was a computer
network registered to the National Aeronautics and Space Administration.
Ms. Worden's spouse, Anne McClain, was a decorated NASA astronaut on a
six-month mission aboard the International Space Station. She was about to be
part of NASA's first all-female spacewalk. But the couple's domestic troubles
on Earth, it seemed, had extended into outer space.
Ms. McClain acknowledged that she had accessed the bank account from space,
insisting through a lawyer that she was merely shepherding the couple's
still-intertwined finances. Ms. Worden felt differently. She filed a complaint
with the Federal Trade Commission and her family lodged one with NASA's Office
of Inspector General, accusing Ms. McClain of identity theft and improper
access to Ms. Worden's private financial records.
[NY Post's version (which relied in large part on the NYT,
which they credited), was more, as befits it, sensationist:]
NASA astronaut accused of stealing her estranged wife's
identity from space :
The first crime in space may be much less dramatic than the movies promised,
but the intergalactic identity theft charge did involuntarily out the first
publicly gay astronaut.
Decorated NASA astronaut Anne McClain allegedly stole her estranged wife's
identity and improperly accessed her bank account from space, while McClain was
on a six-month mission aboard the International Space Station, the New York
The wife, Summer Worden, is a former Air Force intelligence officer who now
lives in Kansas, and McClain, who was not publicly out as lesbian before the
legal tussle, have been locked in an ugly divorce since 2018 that includes a
nasty parenting dispute. McClain had posted photos of Worden's son, whom she
was helping to raise before their split, but had never openly acknowledged her
relationship with Worden.
yes, the NY Post did use the term "intergalactic"
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