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Sev
06-04-2010, 05:43 AM
Ahh the wheels of justice.


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nternet Accused "Alien Hacker" Staying in UK For Now
Michael Barkoviak - May 24, 2010 7:03 AM
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Alien hacker will not be sent to the United States...yet

Gary McKinnon, a British citizen who the United States has tried to extradite for years, has been given yet another reprieve now that the case will be re-evaluated before a decision is made.

McKinnon, 44-year old reportedly suffering from a rare form of autism, is accused of carrying out the "biggest military computer hack of all time." His attorney, Karen Todner, asked British Home Secretary Theresa May to analyze the case based on human rights issues and McKinnon reportedly is too sick to face extradition to the United States.

McKinnon admitted to at least nine different offenses related to the Computer Misuse Act (unauthorized access with intent), but human rights advocate Terry Waite and others have still stepped forward to tell the U.S. to drop all charges.

Ironically, legal experts have argued that the case means very little eight years later, but the U.S. and UK governments are fighting in an effort to avoid a future tug-of-war.

"[The minister] wishes to have appropriate time fully to consider the issues in the case," Todner noted in a press statement. Todner has long said extraditing McKinnon to the United States to face charges would be a violation of human rights, although it seemed like his extradition would eventually take place sometime in 2010.

A few years ago, there also was a concern he could be sent to Guantanamo Bay if convicted -- though that seems unlikely with President Barack Obama set to close the controversial military prison.

Last November, it was announced he would be extradited to the United States, with his attorneys requesting a shorter sentence since McKinnon suffers from Asperger's Syndrome.
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Though wrongdoing is wrongdoing and always deserves punishment it's difficult not to conclude that after all these years the US would in some ways be cutting off their nose to spite their face if they press on with attempted extradition of this guy. Even taking into account that decisions at all levels of British and European Courts have so far gone virtually entirely in US favour on this matter which suggests their case is legally sound, do the potential benefits outweigh the other effects?

After all the expanded 2003 Extradition agreements were primarily designed to be used in connection with terrorism and demanding this geek cannot be tried in Uk appears to most laymen a bit over the top and bloody minded, despite being founded on technically sound legal ground. Furthermore, resultant hilarity over the sheer incompetence of US defence computer systems has long ago died down and one would have thought that it cannot possibly be in US best image interests to invite bringing all that kind of embarrasment up again.

The guy's lawyer is just dispassionately doing his job, same as those defending the scummiest of terrorists have to do. Of course he's going to use everything at his disposal including even the most tenuous of medical excuses etc. Is anyone really surprised? It would likely be no different were it a case of another country trying to extradite a similarly charged American from USA. In fact there's some reason to believe that might be even harder to achieve. Many British lawyers learned such defence tactics as these from their US counterparts

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06-05-2010, 04:34 AM
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