UK malicious hacker to fight US extradition

Thursday, 14 November 2002, 5:05 PM EST

A British man wanted in the US for allegedly hacking into nearly 100 computer networks operated by the US military and Nasa has said he will fight any attempt to extradite him.

Gary McKinnon, the 36-year-old an unemployed computer programmer from Hornsey in north London, is accused of what is described in the US as the biggest military computer hack of all time, and could face a lengthy sentence in US custody if convicted.

His lawyer, Karen Todner, said that Mr McKinnon could have been charged by British authorities but instead they had decided to permit US authorities to begin extradition proceedings.

"We can only presume that the motivation is political and that it is proposed to make an example of Mr McKinnon," she said.

"We shall oppose any extradition application in connection with our client."

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