11.27.2009

Final McKinnon plea fails...

· UK's Home Secretary has rejected a last-ditch appeal for him to block the extradition of Gary McKinnon to the US on computer hacking charges.
news.sky.com - Final McKinnon plea fails...
[UK's Home Secretary, Alan Johnson, rejected new appeal]
UK's Home Secretary, Alan Johnson, said he had considered demands for him to intervene in the case but had decided the extradition would not breach Mr McKinnon's human rights.
The 43-year-old, from Wood Green in north London, is accused of breaking into the Pentagon's computer system but says he was just seeking UFO evidence.
Mr McKinnon, who has Asperger's syndrome, was given hope last month when the Home Secretary agreed to study new medical evidence before deciding on his extradition to the US.
Mr Johnson's deliberations came after the High Court refused Mr McKinnon permission to appeal to the Supreme Court against his removal to America.
"What a heartless and cowardly decision this is."
- Janis Sharp, G. McKinnon's mother.

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