Hacker Gary McKinnon may not be extradited to USA after all

Graham Cluley

British hacker Gary McKinnon, who broke into United States military systems in his hunt for evidence of UFOs and extraterrestial technology, has received what may turn out to be a last minute reprieve from being extradited to the USA.

Late last year McKinnon’s campaign to escape extradition looked like it had run out of options when British Home Secretary Alan Johnson, ignored psychiatric advice on McKinnon’s “very poor mental state” and rejected a plea from supporters of the 43-year-old hacker to intervene in the case.

A High Court Judge has green-lighted a judicial review which will rule on whether the Home Secretary was wrong to consider that a US trial would not breach McKinnon’s human rights, and to allow the
extradition of the hacker.

McKinnon’s mother Janis Sharp, announced the development on her Twitter page:

Legal red tape and arguments may now mean that a…

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Graham Cluley is a veteran of the anti-virus industry having worked for a number of security companies since the early 1990s when he wrote the first ever version of Dr Solomon's Anti-Virus Toolkit for Windows. Now an independent security analyst, he regularly makes media appearances and is an international public speaker on the topic of computer security, hackers, and online privacy. Follow him on Twitter at @gcluley, or drop him an email.