Gary McKinnon, the hacker who infamously hacked into NASA and Pentagon computers, and who claimed that once there he found dozens of other hackers, and proof of aliens, has lost his fight against extradition to the United States for prosecution.
Gary McKinnon is charged with illegally accessing nearly 100 government computers over a twelve-month period, although McKinnon himself claims that he accessed them daily for nearly seven years.
In denying McKinnon’s request to avert extradition, British judge Nicholas Evens opined, “My view is, unquestionably, if the defendant is to face prosecution, it should be in the US. I readily accept, if convicted in the US the probable sentence is likely to be appreciably harsher… than it would be in the UK… but so be it.”
He went on to say that “It must be obvious to any defendant that if you choose to commit a crime in a foreign country you run the risk of being prosecuted in that country.”
McKinnon attempted to raise the Gitmo defense, claiming that if extradited he would end up at the infamous Guantanamo Bay, and be held without trial indefinitately, a claim which Judge Evans held unlikely. He also claimed that it was too long after the fact to try him for offenses committed in 2001 and 2002, as people’s memories would not be trustworthy after ‘such a long time’, a defense which Judge Evans labeled “particularly feeble.”