Gary McKinnon, who is alleged to have hacked US military systems, will appeal against a judge’s recommendation that he be extradited to the US to stand trial.
Today at Bow Street Magistrates Court in central London, Judge Nicholas Evans recommended the extradition of McKinnon to the US. The matter is now expected to be passed to John Reid, the home secretary for a final decision.
If convicted in the US, McKinnon could fact up to 70 years in jail.
McKinnon's solicitor, Karen Todner, said, "We're obviously very disappointed with the judgement that was given this morning. We're proposing to appeal to the Secretary of State, and if we're still refused we will then appeal to the High Court for a decision to allow Gary to be tried here as a British citizen."
McKinnon said he was not surprised by today’s court ruling but defended his actions. "My intention was never to disrupt security," he said. "The fact that I logged on and there were no passwords means that there was no security."
Asked what he had been doing by hacking into US systems he told reporters that he had been looking for evidence of UFOs.