A while ago, the government wanted to extradite a Muslim “British” citizen. This seemed acceptable to some people since he wasn’t really British… Now it’s a real Briton’s turn! The man will probably spend the rest of his life in a US jail because he had visited, not damaged any data, unprotected computers of the US army. Thank you Tony!
A US request to extradite a British computer hacker accused of the “biggest military hack of all time” has been granted by Home Secretary John Reid.
Gary McKinnon, who is accused of breaking into US government computer networks, has been fighting extradition since his arrest in November 2002.
His family says he has 14 days to appeal against the extradition. Mr McKinnon told the BBC he was “very worried and feeling very let down by my own government”. In May, a district judge sitting at Bow Street Magistrates’ Court in London recommended Mr McKinnon be extradited – but the final decision rested with the home secretary.
A Home Office spokesman said: “On 4 July the secretary of state signed an order for Mr McKinnon’s extradition to the United States for charges connected with computer hacking.