jabithew writes: British hacker Gary McKinnon has today lost his appeal to avoid extradition to the United States for hacking into the computers of several Federal institutions, while looking for evidence of UFOs. This is not quite the end of the line for Gary, as he can still appeal to the Law Lords and to the European Court of Human Rights. Nevertheless, there remain important questions. For the British; are we happy with the Crown Prosecution Service refusing to prosecute for the relatively minor offence of computer misuse so that the Federal government can prosecute for $500,000 of criminal damage? And for the Americans; how do you feel about your government pursuing a self-described loner with Aspergers looking for UFOs? And finally, in general, do Slashdotters feel that a person with a mild autism-spectrum disorder can have a fair trial in a foreign country? Mr. McKinnon's plight has been discussed here many times before.
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