British hacker to be extradited

Gary McKinnon, a British hacker accused of infiltrating almost 100 U.S. military computers in the months after Sept. 11, 2001, should be extradited to stand trial in the U.S., the U.K.’s highest court ruled today.

McKinnon, 42, who has said he was searching for information on unidentified flying objects, is accused hacking into 97 NASA, Army and Navy computer systems in 2001 and 2002. The House of Lords ruled unanimously that a decision in favor of McKinnon would “imperil the integrity of the extradition process.”

McKinnon asked judges to stop his extradition arguing that his human rights would be infringed by U.S. officials who told him prosecutors in New Jersey wanted to see him “fry.” McKinnon said he was also told that if he didn’t accept a plea bargain he’d get a longer jail term entirely served in the U.S. (link)

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