McKinnon Goes to Appeal

The newspapers report that hacker Gary McKinnon has lost his fight against being extradited to face charges in the United States. McKinnon, 40, is facing a prison sentence of more than 50 years if he is convicted of sabotaging vital defence systems.

The Home Office said John Reid, the Home Secretary, had signed an order for his extradition and that McKinnon's objections had been rejected

McKinnon, from Wood Green, north London, is accused of deleting files that shut down more than 2,000 computers in the US army's military district of Washington for 24 hours, causing damage estimated at $700,000.