UK home secretary defends extradition of Pentagon hacker

Home secretary Alan Johnson has defended his decision not to step into the case of Pentagon hacker Gary McKinnon, who faces extradition to the United States for breaking into US government computers eight years ago.McKinnon, 43, is due to be extradited to Virginia amid allegations that he caused hundreds of thousands of dollars’ worth of damage to US government computers – but campaigners say he should be tried in the UK.
http://www.guardian.co.uk/technology/2009/dec/01/johnson-mckinnon-hackerAlso see:UK considers extending hacker’s judicial review period
Home Secretary Alan Johnson said on Tuesday he could not stop the extradition of a man wanted in the United States for hacking into NASA and Pentagon computers, but said he was considering granting extra time for a judicial review of the case.Johnson told the House of Commons he was considering an appeal by Gary McKinnon’s lawyers to extend the 7-day period they have to apply for a judicial review.
http://uk.reuters.com/article/idUKGEE5AP2H120091201

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