UK Judiciary to review Home Secretary’s handling of hacker extradition

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A British hacker who broke into the computer systems of NASA and the United States Navy is set to have his case reviewed again to see if now-former Home Secretary Jacqui Smith’s handling of his extradition proceedings were acted under the correct procedure.

The hacker, Gary McKinnon – a UFO-hunter-turned-hunter, is said to be diagnosed with Asperger’s Syndrome, and faces up to 70 years in a US prison if his extradition to the United States is given the go ahead by the British judiciary system.

McKinnon is accused of hacking into 97 government computers belonging to several organisations based in the United States during 2001 and 2002, causing damages of US$800,000 – during the time where security was heightened at the wake of September 11.

In February of this year, the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) turned down a request for McKinnon to be prosecuted in the UK under lesser charges, according to the BBC, because of his mental state. However, the CPS has said that the case was better to be heard in the US.