McKinnon To Go To European Human Rights Court After Law Lords Extradition Appeal Set Back

Self-taught Computer Hacker Gary McKinnon lost its extradition fight in the House of Lords and could face immediate deportation to the United States unless his case is brought forward to the European Court of Human Rights in Strasbourg, France.

Some, including his lawyer, Karen Todner, fear that McKinnon will be served an exemplary sentence to make an example of him after he was found guilty of launching a number of attacks on US Military computer networks in 2000 and 2001, causing USD 1 million worth of damage.

McKinnon, who always said in defence that he was only trying to find the truth about UFOs, was caught in 2002 when security experts tracked some of the hacking applications he used to his girlfriend's email inbox.

Others have commented that the UK judicial system should have dealt with the McKinnon case properly rather than bowing to the US Department of Justice as it is often the case.

McKinnon now faces the daunting prospects of being sent to Guantanamo Bay as a potential terrorist suspect.

You can read more about Gary McKinnon's case on the website dedicated to his struggle.