Feeds

McKinnon campaign urges coalition to block extradition

New ministers prodded to honour promises in opposition

Boost IT visibility and business value

Family and supporters of accused Pentagon hacker Gary McKinnon are hopeful that the new Lib-Con government will honour promises made in opposition and bring a halt to controversial extradition proceedings.

Both David Cameron and Nick Clegg supported the campaign against the extradition of the Asperger's sufferer to the US to stand trial for hack attacks against US military systems back in 2001. US authorities have sought the extradition of McKinnon since 2005.

Gary's mum Janis Sharp wrote to Clegg on Monday calling on the new coalition government to intervene in the case ahead of a judicial review on whether former home secretary Alan Johnson was correct in discounting expert medical opinion on McKinnon's fragile mental state in allowing extradition proceeding to proceed.

The judicial review - the latest in a long series of legal challenges in the case - is due to take place on May 25 and 26.

Sharp told the El Reg that the focus of the campaign has once more switched towards political lobbying.

"The focus has changed. I'm hoping for a positive outcome before then [the judicial review]. I'm very hopeful and trust Clegg, [Chris] Huhne, Dominic Grieve and the new coalition."

McKinnon's solicitor Karen Todner plans to ask incoming Home Secretary Theresa May, to reconsider the case, the Daily Mail reports. The paper adds that May was one of 160 Tory MPS who supported an unsuccessful opposition motion last year to reform extradition procedures between the US and UK.

Dominic Grieve, the new attorney general, will be a key player in any plans to modify the extradition treaty, which was designed to deal with the extradition of terrorist suspects and other serious criminals.

A joint program from the new coalition government promises sweeping civil liberties reform, including the abolition of the ID cards program and restrictions of the deployment of CCTV surveillance schemes. The coalition is yet to specifically address the question of reform of the US-UK extradition treaty, which allows Brits to be extradited to the US without the need for US authorities to present evidence but not the other way around.

McKinnon admits hacking into insecure US military systems in the hunt for UFO related evidence, but contests US damage assessments. McKinnon's supporters have consistently called for a UK trial during a five-year campaign. ®

Build a business case: developing custom apps

More from The Register

next story
Hello, police, El Reg here. Are we a bunch of terrorists now?
Do Brits risk arrest for watching beheading video nasty? We asked the fuzz
UK fuzz want PINCODES on ALL mobile phones
Met Police calls for mandatory passwords on all new mobes
Munich considers dumping Linux for ... GULP ... Windows!
Give a penguinista a hug, the Outlook's not good for open source's poster child
EU justice chief blasts Google on 'right to be forgotten'
Don't pretend it's a freedom of speech issue – interim commish
Detroit losing MILLIONS because it buys CHEAP BATTERIES – report
Man at hardware store was right: name brands DO last longer
Snowden on NSA's MonsterMind TERROR: It may trigger cyberwar
Plus: Syria's internet going down? That was a US cock-up
UK government accused of hiding TRUTH about Universal Credit fiasco
'Reset rating keeps secrets on one-dole-to-rule-them-all plan', say MPs
Caught red-handed: UK cops, PCSOs, specials behaving badly… on social media
No Mr Fuzz, don't ask a crime victim to be your pal on Facebook
e-Borders fiasco: Brits stung for £224m after US IT giant sues UK govt
Defeat to Raytheon branded 'catastrophic result'
Yes, but what are your plans if a DRAGON attacks?
Local UK gov outs most ridiculous FoI requests...
prev story

Whitepapers

Implementing global e-invoicing with guaranteed legal certainty
Explaining the role local tax compliance plays in successful supply chain management and e-business and how leading global brands are addressing this.
Top 10 endpoint backup mistakes
Avoid the ten endpoint backup mistakes to ensure that your critical corporate data is protected and end user productivity is improved.
Top 8 considerations to enable and simplify mobility
In this whitepaper learn how to successfully add mobile capabilities simply and cost effectively.
Rethinking backup and recovery in the modern data center
Combining intelligence, operational analytics, and automation to enable efficient, data-driven IT organizations using the HP ABR approach.
Reg Reader Research: SaaS based Email and Office Productivity Tools
Read this Reg reader report which provides advice and guidance for SMBs towards the use of SaaS based email and Office productivity tools.