Afua Hirsch reports:
The home secretary may have acted unlawfully by pursuing the extradition of the computer hacker Gary McKinnon, a high court judge said yesterday.
Extraditing McKinnon, an Asperger’s sufferer who is facing a lengthy prison sentence in the US for breaching US military and Nasa computers, raises “stark and simple issues”, Mr Justice Mitting said.
In a letter, the judge described medical evidence that McKinnon would be at high risk of suicide in an American jail as “as yet unchallenged and unqualified”.
That evidence may require the home secretary “to refuse to surrender [McKinnon] to the government of the USA” Mitting said, in a letter yesterday. “It is arguable that the [home secretary’s] decision was unlawful”, the letter added.
Read more in the Guardian.
See also ComputerWeekly.com.