UK Hacker Loses Extradition Appeal Yet Again

from the time-to-come-stateside dept

While the US gov't clearly overplayed its claims that Gary McKinnon was the "world's biggest hacker" after having him arrested for breaking into US military computers, that doesn't mean that McKinnon hasn't overreacted back in response. The US offered him a plea bargain deal that seemed fairly reasonable, given what he did -- and he flipped out about it. Now he's lost his latest appeal against extradition, and it looks like he may finally get sent to the US in the next few weeks to stand trial, for breaking into US military computers, supposedly while high and looking for info on alien encounters.


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    Moderation, Aug 28th, 2008 @ 7:08pm

    Hmm, well I suggest he break into someone's system and look for information on Anal encounters. He might need some help with that in the near future.

     

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    Quantity Surveyor Man, Aug 28th, 2008 @ 7:40pm

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    True! Hopefully he also looked up secret US documents on raising your IQ. How daft is this guy? With US gov't paranoia at an all time high, he breaks into gov't computers looking for "alien encounters"? Apparently he has computer skillz but no real life clooz.
    Duh.

     

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    duh, Aug 28th, 2008 @ 8:23pm

    actually

    He was doing us all a favor, and did find evidence of a cover up.

     

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    Not Applicable, Aug 28th, 2008 @ 9:01pm

    That has to be..

    the funniest thing I've ever read.
    Seriously though, I hope the guy doesn't get a Guantanamo 8==D Sandwich for doing it, though. C'mon, he was looking for aliens.

     

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    Enrico Suarve, Aug 29th, 2008 @ 1:13am

    Reasonable please bargain?

    I've been following this case for a while watching what will no doubt become some bizarre show trial with the mighty US Military vs UK Muppet with growing anticipation

    Although I readily agree the guys a moron, from what I can tell the grounds for extradition do seem tenuous and he seems to be getting extradited more on the grounds that the UK goverment loves bending over to its US masters than any other

    The US offered him a plea bargain deal that seemed fairly reasonable, given what he did -- and he flipped out about it

    In fairness - outside the US formalised plea bargaining is not common, and often seen as coercion (in fact I believe there are even states or counties inside the US which ban it for the same reason). There are very few countries which allow it in anything but a severely restricted manner so what may seem reasonable to people brought up with such a system is unlikely to be viewed the same by people brought up outside it

    Just for some context to his outcry ;0)

     

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    mike allen, Aug 29th, 2008 @ 9:09am

    right now

    Id be on the first plane to a country that does not allow extradition to the U.S.. Stuff sitting in Guantanamo for 100 years.

     

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