UK hacker again fails to block extradition to US

AP News
Posted: Dec 01, 2009 11:27 AM

Britain's top law enforcement official says he will allow the extradition of a Briton accused of hacking into U.S. military computers in the wake of the Sept. 11 attacks.

Home Office Secretary Alan Johnson says new medical evidence submitted by lawyers for Gary McKinnon is not convincing enough to merit blocking his extradition to the United States.

McKinnon's supporters say the 43-year-old suffers from Aspergers Syndrome and risks suicide if he is sent to a U.S. prison.

But Johnson said Tuesday that he had not seen enough to "demonstrate that sending Mr. McKinnon to the United States would breach his human rights."

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Still, the 7-year battle to fight McKinnon's extradition continues. His lawyers are requesting time to appeal Johnson's decision.