Computer hacker Gary McKinnon to find out if he'll be extradited to the US
Computer hacker Gary McKinnon will finally find out tomorrow whether he will be extradited to the United States following a lengthy legal battle which his mother has likened to a “waterboarding of the mind”.
The decision, which will be announced by the Home Secretary, comes more than ten years after he was first arrested for breaking into a string of American military networks from his north London bedsit.
The 46-year-old, who suffers from Asperger’s Syndrome, desperately wants to avoid being sent across the Atlantic where he faces the possibility of 60 years behind bars. Over the past decade his lawyers have argued that the sentence he faces is disproportionate to the offence, that he should have been tried in a British court for cyber offences committed on UK soil and - more recently – that his Asperger’s diagnosis would put him at acute risk of suicide where he to be locked up.
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