Mrs May’s Decision

17 Oct

To general surprise, Theresa May the Home Secretary blocked the extradition of the (alleged ?) Computer Hacker Gary McKinnon to the United States to stand trial. The Statement to the Commons and debate is here. It would appear that this was the response to McKinnon hacking into the US Military (‘the Pentagon’)’s PC systems and leaving mildly rude messages – the explanation put about on McKinnon’s behalf being that he was looking for evidence of UFOs. Joshua Rozenberg suggests in The Guardian that Ms May had no real choice on Human Rights grounds: – that her career would be over if McKinnon killed himself in a US jail. With respect, this is surely wrong – the obvious comparison point is Abu Hamza, now already in the US Prisons System. A US reaction is awaited – insofar as they appreciate that their prison system is being severely criticised.

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