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The UK's High Court ruled Friday that a British hacker cannot appeal his extradition to the country's Supreme Court, narrowing the Londoner's legal options.
Gary McKinnon's attorney sought to join the case to an appeal against extradition filed by the attorney for Ian Norris, a British businessman facing charges in the US for alleged involvement in an cartel. The extradition treaty with the U.S. is viewed by many in the UK as enabling the US. to extradite people more easily from Britain than is possible in the other direction.
The High Court ruled on July 31 that Gary McKinnon's extradition to the U.S. should proceed despite his diagnosis with Asperger Syndrome, a neurological disorder characterized by obsessive behavior and deficiencies in social interaction.
Originally posted by ninecrimes
It's crazy how what he saw as having fun wound up completely destroying his life.
Everything he's ever worked for, anyone he's ever loved, anyone who has ever loved him... it's all worthless now. He'll be tossed around in the court system until the day he dies, and for what?
Originally posted by Retseh
Excellent news, another cyber punk gets his just desserts. Cyber terrorism isn't cool it's a crime.
If he's having a breakdown now, just think how he'll feel during his first night in a Supermax facing 10 years of hard time.
So we add his name to the list of Brits being shipped over here to face a real justice system.
Perhaps he can share a cell with Richard Reid and Neil Entwistle.
When you mess with the bull, you get the horns.
Originally posted by Arrowmancer
I seriously doubt this will ever get to sentancing. If the Gov were even halfway intelligent, they would hire him.
Originally posted by Arbitrageur
The winners will be all the other hacker wannabes who were thinking about trying something like this themselves. Now that they are reading about how this is destroying the life of a guy who just wanted to have a little fun hacking, they might actually try to find other less destructive ways of having fun.
And a smaller winner might be the security of some computer systems. If making an example of McKinnon discourages others from hacking, then there will be that many fewer intrusion attempts for system administrators to deal with.
But I thought the most heartbreaking thing happened when he started giving interviews to journalists from UFO magazines and podcasts. He said that the photograph of the spherical, smooth object he saw buried away at the Johnson Space Centre – the one he told me had looked like a UFO but was probably a satellite – was definitely a UFO.
embarrased that some of their most secure systems were literally walked into by a pretty much average guy