Gary McKinnon Loses Extradition Appeals
Kevin Poulsen writes on Threat Level:
Britain’s High Court on Friday rejected two extradition appeals by Pentagon hacker and 9/11 truther Gary “Solo” McKinnon, who’s trying to avoid a U.S. trial for cracking nearly 100 Pentagon and NASA computers in 2001 and 2002.More here.
If convicted, McKinnon, 43, faces anywhere from six months to six-and-a-half years in prison under federal sentencing guidelines, depending on how much damage he caused, and other factors.
Lawyers for McKinnon argued that Home Secretary Jacqui Smith failed to consider McKinnon’s recent diagnosis of Asperger’s Syndrome when ordering his extradition, and that British prosecutors should charge the hacker in Britain, where he lives. But Judge Stanley Burnton said in a 41-page opinion Friday that extradition was “a lawful and proportionate response to his offending,” according to the AP.