THE FAMILY OF ACCUSED HACKER Lauri Love has announced that it will appeal against the UK government's decision to allow the extradition of another autistic man to face trial in the US.
We have been here before with Gary McKinnon, and we know what a painful and long drawn out affair that was for him and his family.
The US has a dim view of UK hackers, even autistic ones, and is keen on throwing a large book at them. McKinnon was eventually spared, and Love's family will hope for the same result.
However, efforts to prevent the UK committing to the extradition have been wasted after a government decision this week allowed Love to be sent to the US and its draconian judges.
The extradition order was signed by UK home secretary Amber Rudd, and the decision has been confirmed by the Home Office.
"On Monday 14 November, the secretary of state, having carefully considered all relevant matters, signed an order for Lauri Love's extradition to the United States," said a Home Office spokesperson in a statement released to Ars Technica.
"Mr Love has been charged with various computer hacking offences which included targeting US military and federal government agencies."
The INQ contacted the Home Office for comment, but we got tired of waiting.
The BBC reported that Love's lawyers have 14 days to respond. Love's father, Alexander, told the BBC: "We will be appealing. We are talking to our lawyers. It was going to happen. It was inevitable, but it's still painful.
"I cannot begin to express how much sorrow it causes me. All we are asking for is British justice for a British citizen."
The INQ is crossing its fingers. Except the middle one, which we always keep spare in case we need it. µ
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