Extradition hearing begins over Nasa hacker

    Date15 Feb 2006
    Posted ByBenjamin D. Thomas
    Gary McKinnon began the next stage in his fight against extradition to the US to face charges of hacking US Army, Navy, Air Force and NASA computers on Tuesday. The British hacker is facing extradition to the US on charges of hacking and causing damage to US defence sites. If found guilty he could face over $1m in fines and 60 years in jail.

    When the US request for extradition was first made, McKinnon admitted that the prospect of facing court in the US "terrified him". Now he faces a hearing scheduled to last three days to see if he will remain a free man.

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