UK hacker loses extradition fight

A London man has lost his High Court Fight against extradition to the US. He allegedly carried out the "biggest military computer hack of all time". Gary McKinnon, of north London, is accused of gaining access to 97 US military and Nasa computers. Home Secretary John Reid granted the US request to extradite him for trial.

At the High Court in London, his lawyers argued the 41-year-old had been subjected to "improper threats" and the move would breach his human rights. His lawyers had argued that, if extradited, he would face an unknown length of time in pre-trial detention, with no likelihood of bail.

He would also face a long prison sentence - "in the region of 45 years" - and may not be allowed to serve part of the sentence at home in the UK, his lawyers had said. But, on Tuesday, Lord Justice Maurice Kay and Mr Justice Goldring dismissed his legal challenge, saying they could not find any grounds for appeal.

News source: BBC News


Ben Cooper, for Mr McKinnon, said his client would now seek to make an appeal against his extradition at the House of Lords. Alleged threats by US authorities, including one from New Jersey prosecutors that "he would fry", would be among issues raised, Mr Cooper said. "We will certainly be applying for this court to certify a point of law of public importance and to grant leave," he said.

Mr McKinnon had been suffering from ill health during recent court hearings, he added. Mr McKinnon has never denied that he accessed the computer networks of a wide number of US military institutions between February 2001 and March 2002. Mr McKinnon, arrested in November 2002, has always maintained that he was motivated by curiosity and that he only managed to get into the networks because of lax security.

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this is another ridiculous over reaction. Is this guy harmful to the public??? no of course not, in the interview he seemed a normal knowledgeable ok guy. The most he should get is blocked internet usage, and a job at the defence department, he exposed how crap their system is. All he wanted to know wa whether the government was hiding technologies from the public. 45 years is a joke, in fact 5 years is a joke. Anyone who thinks he is a dangerous criminal is taking the ****. locking him up will do nothing. Of course the uk follows whatever the us says, its a load of old ********. I wish him luck in his appeal. :mad:

popalazarou said,
this is another ridiculous over reaction. Is this guy harmful to the public??? no of course not, in the interview he seemed a normal knowledgeable ok guy. The most he should get is blocked internet usage, and a job at the defence department, he exposed how crap their system is. All he wanted to know wa whether the government was hiding technologies from the public. 45 years is a joke, in fact 5 years is a joke. Anyone who thinks he is a dangerous criminal is taking the ****. locking him up will do nothing. Of course the uk follows whatever the us says, its a load of old ********. I wish him luck in his appeal. :mad:

Over reaction for sure, I personally think they should be thanking him, I mean come on? There's bound to be even more people attempting this? What are they trying to hide? Apart from their crap security.

Silly, It's Only because they look like fools and can't secure their 'Hi-tech Computers' Correctly. This just goes to prove it. They'd rather send him down than admit it.

:nuts: :nuts:

This is bad, when Britain refuses to extradite hard line radicals and those found guilty of being part of mass murder under the terrorism guise to the USA, however USA apply for this guy and he's on the first flight available.

It's yet again money.

I rarely post replies on issues that reach the front page.....but when I do its either something im interested in OR something that really pi**es me off.

leesmithg said,
This is bad, when Britain refuses to extradite hard line radicals and those found guilty of being part of mass murder under the terrorism guise to the USA, however USA apply for this guy and he's on the first flight available.

I agree 100% with you mate.

Home Secretary John Reid granted the US request to extradite him for trial.

What a first class knob to start off with......he should ATLEAST be sticking up for Gary McKinnon seeing as hes British FFS.

including one from New Jersey prosecutors that "he would fry"

Sorry but this person is on the same w****r boat as John Reed.

45 Years! I can go out and rape and murder and get less than that, ah sweet justice.

A friend of mine (he was 20 years old, and the incident in 2005) was stabbed in a pre-meditated murder attack and guess what the killer got?

How many years do you think his killer got?

FOUR.......

and Gary McKinnon may get 45 years for a US military and Nasa Network Administrator(s) incompetence?

Things like this reall wind me up the wrong way.

ChocIST

you can get life in prision for rape and life for murder at least in Pennsylvania you can... if it was pre-meditated

neufuse said,
you can get life in prision for rape and life for murder at least in Pennsylvania you can... if it was pre-meditated

Yup, but in lots of places life imprisonment isn't even that long and even then if you behave well you only have to serve half your time.
But the guy is an idiots, he admits himself he doesn't know that much about computers and it was due to that that he got caught.

Destruction.Thrash said,
45 Years! I can go out and rape and murder and get less than that, ah sweet justice.

And if you are the President then you can kill as many people as you like and even call it "Justice and Freedom".
P.S.: Of course not all presidents can do that but we know who can.

Mr McKinnon had been suffering from ill health during recent court hearings, he added. Mr McKinnon has never denied that he accessed the computer networks of a wide number of US military institutions between February 2001 and March 2002. Mr McKinnon, arrested in November 2002, has always maintained that he was motivated by curiosity and that he only managed to get into the networks because of lax security.


aww my heart bleeds that his health has suffered.......the always maintained that he was motivated by curiosity & only managed due to lax security pfft, if you cant do time DONT do the crime...that fool knew EXACTLY what he was doing....it matters not a jot wether it was curiosity and lax security that made it possible, he knew what he was doing!

Mr McKinnon has never denied that he accessed the computer networks of a wide number of US military institutions between February 2001 and March 2002.

^ guilty by his own admission, bend over bubba your my little puppy now