McKinnon loses High Court appeal
Gary McKinnon has lost his battle at the High Court to avoid extradition to the US.
Computer hacker Gary McKinnon has lost his High Court appeal to avoid being extradited to the US.
Judges said that his extradition was "a lawful and proportionate response to his offending."
McKinnon allegedly hacked into NASA and US military computers looking for evidence of UFOs between February 2001 and March 2002.
He did not deny accessing the computers, but refuted the claim he caused $700,000 of damage.
In February 2007, a high profile legal battle began to stop his extradition as, if found guilty, McKinnon could spend decades in a US jail.
Following the result this morning, his mother Janis Sharp, who has led the campaign on her son's behalf, told the BBC: "We are heartbroken. If the law says it's fair to destroy someone's life in this way then it's a bad law."
Graham Cluley, senior technology consultant at Sophos, said: "The consensus is that it is perhaps inappropriate to make an example of a UFO conspiracy theorist when serious crimes are still being carried out by financially-motivated hackers, stealing identities, sending spam and creating botnets."
The Daily Mail, which has campaigned to get McKinnon's trial to take place in the UK, has reported that Labour MP Andrew MacKinlay is resigning over the matter, believing the Government didn't do enough to stop the extradition order.
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