British hacker loses bid to fight extradition to US

By AP, JPOST STAFF
July 31, 2009 12:20

A British an who claimed that he hacked into US military computers - including those belonging to NASA and the Pentagon - in a quest to find information about UFOs, has lost his bid to avoid extradition to the United States on Friday. Gary McKinnon had fought a long legal battle to avoid being extradited to the US after he was charged with breaking into 97 computers belonging to NASA, the US Department of Defense and several branches of the US military soon after the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks. A British High Court rejected his appeals Friday and ruled that he should face extradition. His lawyers argued that McKinnon should not be extradited because he has Asperger's syndrome, a form of autism, and could be at risk of psychosis or suicide if he is sent to the US.


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