Friday, July 31, 2009

Gary McKinnon Loses Extradition Appeals

Gary McKinnon

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.

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.

More here.


At Sun Aug 02, 06:53:00 PM PDT, Blogger Arrnie said...

Gary should be offered a job with the security services here in Britain - his expertise invaluable now and in the future. If extradited to America and found guilty he may very well be made to work for the Americans (in prison) in exchange for his life.
He should be kept in Britain with 24 hour security.We should not allow a talent like his to be exploited by others.
Obviously the American computer systems he hacked into was anything but secure - not Gary's fault.


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