Saturday, January 24, 2009

Gary McKinnon Wins Right to Fight Extradition to U.S.

Gary McKinnon

An AFP newswire article, via, reports that:

A Briton accused of hacking into computers owned by the US military and NASA space agency got the green light Friday for a fresh legal challenge against a bid to extradite him to the United States.

Gary McKinnon, 42, faces spending the rest of his life in prison if convicted by a US court of gaining access to 97 computers in 2001 and 2002, following the September 11, 2001 attacks in the United States.

He says he was looking for evidence of unidentified flying objects (UFOs), while his supporters say he has Asperger's Syndrome -- a form of autism -- and could attempt suicide if he is forced to go to the United States.

Two judges at London's High Court gave McKinnon's lawyers permission Friday to seek a judicial review of Home Secretary Jacqui Smith's decision last October that he should be extradited.

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