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McKinnon Loses Extradition Fight

From: Shane Kelly <shanepbk.nul>
Date: Tue, 3 Apr 2007 11:57:14 +0100
Fwd Date: Tue, 03 Apr 2007 07:27:09 -0400
Subject: McKinnon Loses Extradition Fight

Source: The Guardian Newspaper - England, UK.

Tuesday April 3rd 2007


Briton loses extradition fight over US military hacking by Mark
Tran and Agencies.

The British national, Gary McKinnon, today lost his high court
bid to avoid extradition to the US for allegedly carrying out
the "biggest military computer hack of all time".

The case dates back to 2001, when it is alleged Mr McKinnon
hacked into computers belonging to the US military and
scientific establishments from his home in Wood Green, north

Under the codename Solo, he is said during a period of 18 months
to have hacked into hundreds of machines belonging to the
Pentagon, the US army and air force and Nasa not properly
secured by officials.

US prosecutors claim he caused $700,000 (=A3375,000) worth of
damage. A lawyer for the US government said the hacking "was
intentional and calculated to influence and affect the US
government by intimidation and coercion". In an interview with
the Guardian in 2006, Mr McKinnon claimed he had simply been
searching for evidence of UFO activity.

The charges include one incident - shortly after the terrorist
attacks on September 11 2001 - which brought down a network of
300 computers at the Earle naval weapons station in New Jersey.
Another raid allegedly knocked out 2,000 computers in

Mr. McKinnon had challenged a decision by the home secretary,
John Reid, to send him to the US. Mr Reid decided last year that
Mr McKinnon's extradition should go ahead despite claims from
his lawyers that the 40-year-old faced the prospect of a
military tribunal and potential internment in Guantanamo Bay as
a so-called enemy of the state. He faces a sentence of 70 years
if found guilty.

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