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Computer hacker Gary McKinnon faces being tried in the US after requests to block his extradition were refused, the Home Office has confirmed. Home Secretary Alan Johnson told Mr McKinnon's family he could not block the move on medical grounds.
Mr Johnson said he had carefully considered the representations but had concluded that sending Mr McKinnon to the US would not breach his human rights.
Originally posted by stumason
From another McKinnon thread I posted in, but relevant here:
Not so bothered about this guys supposed Human Rights, wether he is an Aspergers sufferer or not, he seems cognitive to me and he committed a crime, regardless of what he was "intending" to look for and what he actually did.
What bothers me and most I speak to about this is the blatant one-sided treatment Britain gets off the back of this extradition treaty. The US has to provide little evidence to extradite someone from the UK, just an accusation basically. Whereas the UK must provide an insurmountable burden of proof to even get an extradition hearing for a US citizen wanted for alleged crimes.
Oh the "crime" was committed on US soil. It was perpetrated from the UK, but where do you think the servers and what not that NASA have are located?
Originally posted by gortex
This has to be seen as a sad indictment on our sad ass government , after the massive favor the UK did in backing the Bush administration romp in the Middle East , they cant even get a small concession on this matter , A trial in the UK would no doubt help the struggling Brown Government .
I am so glad we have a special relationship with the US , other wise we would be treated just like any other Country .