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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Enrico Suarve says:

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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