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Hacker Mckinnon To Appeal To House Of Lords

From: Terry Groff <terrygroff.nul>
Date: Thu, 2 Aug 2007 15:41:32 -0500
Archived: Fri, 03 Aug 2007 09:57:30 -0400
Subject: Hacker Mckinnon To Appeal To House Of Lords

Source: VNUNET.Com - London, UK


02 Aug 2007

Last Stop Before The European Court Of Human Rights?

Matt Chapman

'NASA Hacker' Gary McKinnon has been granted the right to appeal
to the House of Lords to try and stop extradition proceedings
that would see him tried in America.

McKinnon lost his case in the Court of Appeal in April, while
trying to overturn the UK Government's original decision to
extradite him.

Barrister Ben Cooper of Charter, who heads up McKinnon's legal
team, said his client was "delighted to learn of this important

The US government claims his actions in 2001 and 2002 damaged 97
computers and caused $700,000 (=A3345,000) worth of damage.

McKinnon doesn't deny hacking into Nasal and US military
networks, but claims he only broke in to uncover information
about extraterrestrial technology he believed the authorities
were hiding from the public.

He has asked to be tried in the UK as his crimes were committed
in this country.

During the legal process, McKinnon has accused the US of trying
to blackmail him into accepting voluntary extradition and acting
in an "oppressive" and " arbitrary" way.

McKinnon's extradition was originally signed off in July 2006 by
home secretary John Reid.

At that time McKinnon told vnunet.com he was surprised at the
speed of the decision.

"I was under the impression that the home secretary would have
taken longer to make a decision," McKinnon said.

"It's annoying, because that would have given us more time to
sort out a judicial review."

No date has been set for the hearing in the House of Lords.

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