Gary McKinnon, the alleged hacker who
broke into secured government computers, will
face extradition to the United States. McKinnnon's attorney
does not feel that McKinnon will be given a fair trial if charged in
the United States -- which could lead to his imprisonment
at Guantanamo Bay according to the attorney. The ruling
should have occurred several months ago, but constant reassurance had
to be issued by the US government that a fair trial would be given.
McKinnon's immediate fate now lies in the hands of British home
secretary John Reid, who will make the final decision in the future.
The Independent reports:Speaking after the hearing, Mr
McKinnon portrayed himself as an amateur hacker who used a dial-up
modem to access sensitive government networks from his bedroom.
Among the most serious charges are that he deleted system files and
logs at US naval weapon station Earle in the immediate aftermath of
the 11 September attacks, rendering the base's entire network of more
than 300 computers inoperable. According to
reports, McKinnon caused up to $900,000 in damages in 14 states
between February 3001 and March 2002. McKinnon's defense is that he hacked the government computers to prove the existence of interstellar aliens.