Monday, 26 October 2009

Nasa hacker: the last episode?

Obviously, Mr McKinnon lost its action before the High Court to avoid extradition Nasa hacker loses bid to avoid extradition (, 31 july 2009)
For an explanation on the Court's reasoning, the interview of Karen Todner on 31 July 2009 is extremely useful despite its brevity (1mns 20). The Court did not think the DPP had enough evidence to charge Mr McKinnon in the UK; and the secretary of State's decision on the basis that the Asparagus syndrome was not serious enough was also justified.
McKinnon's lawyer notes that the process has been going on for the past 7 years. How much waste of money and time will trigger a revision of the US-UK extradition treaty?

This lost suit triggered a series of appeal to compassion, although one has to note that compassion is usually a ground for sentencing...

Cameron: 'No compassion' in hacker decision (, 31 july 2009)

and a video from Mr. McKinnon's mother ( 31 july 2009)

Given that the appeal against the High COurt's decision is unlikely to succeed, the last option is for the prison sentence, if to be pronounced, to be executed back in Britain rather than in the US. Political support builds for Nasa hacker (, 3 August 2009)
This depends on the US willingness to do so, often on the condition not to release the prisoner on other grounds than medical.

Since, some MPs thought of asking for an appointment with the US ambassador (, 10 September 2009)

And McKinnon filed suit, for the second time, before the European Court of Human Rights: Nasa hacker fight heads to Europe (, 09 October 2009)

For a more general outlook on the case in relation to IT professionals and work ethic: McKinnon case puts IT ethics in the dock (, 05 October 2009)

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